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Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Read the fine print; Florida high court rules consumers disputing contracts can't join class-action lawsuits." The Palm Beach Post has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Supreme Court ruling affects class action suits."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Florida at this link.
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to speak at University of Portland": The Oregonian has this report.

And The Portland Business Journal reports that "Clarence Thomas to speak at University of Portland."
Posted at 10:56 PM by Howard Bashman

"Montana Hutterite colony asks Supreme Court to hear religious liberty case": The Deseret News has this report.
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court rejects governor's bid to end judge control over California prisons": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this report.
Posted at 10:46 PM by Howard Bashman

"A Few Good Defense Lawyers: Beware of clients who ask if your fee includes a bribe to the judge -- and other best-practice tips from the country's top defense attorneys." In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, David Lat of "Above the Law" has this review of the book "Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't" by Mark Geragos and Pat Harris.
Posted at 09:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"High court weighs taking up new case on gun rights": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"No monetary award for a Texas dog whose primary worth was just love": Columnist Linda P. Campbell of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has this essay today in that newspaper.
Posted at 05:32 PM by Howard Bashman

"Battle over judicial appointments approaches crucial point": Tom Curry, national affairs writer for NBC News, has this report.
Posted at 05:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"SCOTUSblog publisher calls out press corps": Josh Gerstein of has this blog post.
Posted at 05:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"'Diesel death zone' cleanup faces Supreme Court challenge": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.
Posted at 03:33 PM by Howard Bashman

In today's mail: I received a copy of law professor Stuart Banner's new book, "The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption."

Last month, The New York Times published Adam Liptak's very favorable review of the book.
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Guantanamo defense lawyers ordered to stop computer use": Josh Gerstein has this blog post at

Update: In related news, Cora Currier of ProPublica reports that "Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails."

Reuters reports that "Guantanamo pretrial hearing delayed as legal files vanish."

Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald reports that "Pentagon computer problems postpone Guantanamo hearing."

And The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Guantanamo dogged by new controversy after mishandling of e-mails."
Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman

"New Journalism: SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein on winning the court press wars." Eric Benson has this interview in the April 15, 2013 issue of New York magazine.
Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman

Second Circuit issues ruling in Sotomayor v. City of New York: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman

"Retired Supreme Court Justice Souter pays surprise visit to Manchester courthouse": This article appears today in The New Hampshire Union Leader.
Posted at 08:47 AM by Howard Bashman

"Constitution Check: Can constitutional rights be suspended for lack of funding?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman

"House committee debates bill to pause NLRB": Reuters has a report that begins, "Lawmakers held a spirited discussion on the immediate future of the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, after a recent appeals court ruling that cast doubt on the board's authority to make decisions."
Posted at 08:45 AM by Howard Bashman

"Easy Hearing for Obama's Choice for Court": This article appears today in The New York Times.

In today's edition of The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage has an article headlined "Obama appeals court pick has Republican support; Sri Srinivasan, a corporate lawyer and deputy solicitor general, appears headed for an easy confirmation, unlike other Obama nominees."

And on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition," Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has an audio segment titled "D.C. Circuit Court Limps Along With Four Vacancies."
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman

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