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John Oliver Cited In Guam Court Case

John Oliver is now a credible source for court trials. Judge Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used the comedian, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, in the citations in the case of Paeste v. Guam. According to Above the Law, the case was a class action suit brought on by the... Show More Summary

California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will review a ruling last year that found the state’s capital punishment system to be dysfunctional.

Legal Decision Against Guam Cites ... John Oliver

There's a little-known axiom in Hollywood that says you've only truly made it when you've been cited by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If that's true (it isn't), then welcome to the A-list, John Oliver. As Above the Law reports, a March 8 episode of HBO's...

Newswire: Judge cites John Oliver bit in legal opinion

John Oliver has influenced the opinions of many Last Week Tonight viewers. But apparently he’s influencing legal decisions as well, as ninth circuit judge Marsha S. Berzon recently cited the show as part of her r opinion in the case of Paeste v. Show More Summary

Federal judge cites John Oliver in her ruling against Guam in tax refund case

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A federal judge cited John Oliver in her ruling against Guam in a tax refund case. Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha S. Berzon included a footnote that cited a segment on U.S. territories from Oliver’s HBO program, reported the blog Above The Law. The segment, which aired in March, addressed the...

John Oliver's influence on American culture becomes clear after he finds his way into an appeals court opinion

A few weeks ago, John Oliver took his "Last Week Tonight" desk to criticize the lack of rights given to US citizens in the country's territories. A judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seems to be a fan, as Above the Law points out. Show More Summary

Public Defender Arrested for Being Late to Court Can Pursue Lawsuit

A California public defender can continue with her lawsuit against the deputy sheriff who handcuffed her and dragged her through a courthouse, the Ninth Circuit ruled last week. A district court had ruled that the deputy, who was seeking to make sure that the attorney appeared when her case was......

Ninth Circuit raps prosecutors’ use of press clip

Was the L.A. Times’s reporting manipulated in hopes of helping federal prosecutors win a case? If so, the effort sure backfired [Ken at Popehat, with commentary on the “too-cozy too-credulous relationship between law enforcement andShow More Summary

9th Circuit's Mortgage Interest Deduction Decision Adds To Tax Code's Marriage Penalty

Following up on last week's post, Ninth Circuit Gives Unmarried Couples Double The Mortgage Interest Deduction Available To Married Couples: Forbes, Does Ninth Circuit Mortgage Interest Decision Create Special Rights?, by Peter J. Reilly: is kind of ironic for the Ninth Circuit, which played such a big role in advancing...

JUSTICE IN THE OBAMA/HOLDER/LYNCH ERA: Ninth Circuit Harshly Scrutinizes Law Enforcement Leak, Thre…

JUSTICE IN THE OBAMA/HOLDER/LYNCH ERA: Ninth Circuit Harshly Scrutinizes Law Enforcement Leak, Threatens Sanctions Against Department of Justice. What the hell is going on in America? The federal judiciary — which previously could be counted upon to be relatively complacent in the face of a culture of prosecutorial misconduct — has begun to take notice […]

Ninth Circuit Panel Eviscerates 2014 'En Banc' Decision That Protects CAFA Removal Rights

Congress adopted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005 in response to concerns that plaintiffs’ lawyers were gaming the system to prevent removal of class actions and “mass actions” (lawsuits with more than 100 named plaintiffs) from state court to federal court. CAFA provided state-court defendants the option of [...]

Does Ninth Circuit Mortgage Interest Decision Create Special Rights?

It is kind of ironic for the Ninth Circuit, which played such a big role in advancing marriage equality, to be issuing a decision that discourages registered  domestic partners from marrying.  That is an effect of the decision in the case Bruce Voss and Charles Sophy vs IRS, although I [...]

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More CAFA “Mass Action” Gamesmanship In The Ninth Circuit

Permitted gamesmanship versus prohibited conduct. That is the dichotomy that one district judge adopted to describe the transparent forum manipulation that some plaintiffs undertake under CAFA. To be honest, neither characterizationShow More Summary

Be very afraid: another court refuses to find irreparable harm despite confusion

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Williams v. Green Valley RV, Inc., 2015 WL 4694075, No. 8:15–CV–01010 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2015) Basically, in the Ninth Circuit, you might not be able to get a preliminary injunction in a trademark case unless the defendant's quality is bad enough to generate complaints to you. Show More Summary

Ninth Circuit: Unmarried Cohabitants Each Entitled To Deduct Interest On $1,100,000 Mortgage Limit

Late last week, the Ninth Circuit reversed a 2012 Tax Court case that had damaging implications for wealthy unmarried couples or cohabitants, concluding that the $1,100,000 limitation on mortgage debt for purposes of determining deductible interest expense must be applied on a per-taxpayer, rather than a per-residence basis. Mortgage Interest Deductions, In General [...]

Ninth Circuit Gives Unmarried Couples Double The Mortgage Interest Deduction Available To Married Couples

A split Ninth Circuit panel on Friday reversed the Tax Court and held, contrary to the IRS's position, that the § 163(h)(3) limitations on the deductibility of mortgage interest ($1 million of acquisition indebtedness plus $100,000 of home equity indebtedness) are applied on a per-taxpayer basis (for a total of...

PUNISH THE BOURGEOISIE! Ninth Circuit Gives Unmarried Couples Double The Mortgage Interest Deductio…

PUNISH THE BOURGEOISIE! Ninth Circuit Gives Unmarried Couples Double The Mortgage Interest Deduction Available To Married Couples.

Carly Fiorina, Republican Debate Winner, Is The Daughter Of The Late 9th Circuit Judge (And Tax Prof) Joseph Sneed

Carly Fiorina, the consensus winner of last night's Republican presidential debate, is the daughter of the late Ninth Circuit Judge Joseph Sneed, who was a Tax Prof at Texas (1947-57), Cornell (1957-62), and Stanford (1962-71), as well as Dean of Duke Law School (1971-73). He was the author of two...

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