Saturday, May 9, 2015
"Federal Circuit May Overturn Lanham Act's 'Morality Clause'; It may soon be legal to trademark even 'immoral,' 'scandalous' and 'disparaging' names for goods": Mark Kernes of AVN News has this report.
Posted at 11:59 PM by Howard Bashman
"Roads don't have to meet new safety standards, court rules": In today's edition of The Arizona Daily Star, Howard Fischer has a front page article that begins, "State agencies don't have to keep highways free of unreasonably dangerous hazards if they simply warn motorists about them, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday."
"State Legislatures Put Up Flurry of Roadblocks to Abortion": Frances Robles has this article online at The New York Times.
Posted at 09:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"Faulty next-of-kin notice not lawsuit-fodder, court rules": Howard Fischer of The Arizona Daily Star has an article that begins, "The parents of a girl who Department of Public Safety officers incorrectly said was dead have no right to sue the agency for negligence, the state's high court ruled Friday."
And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Family mistakenly notified of woman's death can't sue."
"Oklahoma attorney general defends Ten Commandments monument's constitutionality; Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to rule that it is constitutional to continue displaying a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol": The Oklahoman has this report.
Posted at 09:02 PM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at Ramapo College": This article appears in today's edition of The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey.
And the newspaper also has an article headlined "Supreme Court Justice Scalia delivers civics lesson in Morristown."
"Pennsylvania Supreme Court hopefuls pile up campaign cash": The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this report.
Posted at 04:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"Natalie Portman confirmed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic": The Los Angeles Times has this report.
The "VF Hollywood" blog of Vanity Fair has a post titled "Natalie Portman Will Play Our Most Rock-Star-Like Supreme Court Justice; See a new side of the Notorious R.B.G."
And Deadline reports that "Natalie Portman To Play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In 'On The Basis Of Sex.'"
"Over Barbecue in South Carolina, Rick Perry Hypes Supreme Court as Defining 2016 Issue; The Texan warns voters in the early primary state that Hillary Clinton could remake the Supreme Court": Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg Politics has this report.
Posted at 04:35 PM by Howard Bashman
"AP-GfK Poll: Can Supreme Court be fair in health law case?" The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama's health care law."
"Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson spar over judicial candidates": Today's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contains an article that begins, "The brief partnership forged by Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson to fill federal judicial seats in Wisconsin appears to have broken down over the nation's oldest vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals."
Posted at 03:20 PM by Howard Bashman
"Debate continues over release of Guantanamo detainee force-feeding tapes": Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau has this report.
And at The Intercept, Sam Sacks has a post titled "U.S. Government: We Can Classify Anything and Judges Can't Stop Us."
You can access via this link (31.3 MB mp3 audio file) the audio of yesterday's oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
"Harper unapologetic about Ottawa's efforts to keep Omar Khadr in prison": The Toronto Globe and Mail has this report.
And The Associated Press reports that "Ex-Gitmo inmate Omar Khadr asks Canada for a fresh start."
"Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional": The Chicago Tribune has this report.
In today's edition of The New York Times, Monica Davey has an article headlined "Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Lawmakers' Pension Overhaul."
Reuters reports that "Illinois' supreme court overturns state's 2013 pension reform law."
And The Associated Press reports that "Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law."
"Panel Objects to Hobby Lobby Ruling": The Harvard Crimson has an article that begins, "Panelists raised concerns about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. at Harvard Law School's annual conference on law, religion, and health on Thursday.
Posted at 10:26 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court Ruling on N.S.A.'s Data Collection Jolts Both Defenders and Reformers": Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Steinhauer have this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman
"BP wins right to appeal some Gulf spill damages claims": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman
"Sabotage conviction overturned against nun, fellow activists": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who splashed blood on the walls of a bunker holding weapons-grade uranium -- exposing vulnerabilities in the nation's nuclear security -- were wrongly convicted of sabotage, an appeals court ruled Friday."
And Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court overturns sabotage conviction against nun."
You can access yesterday's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link. Because a U.S. District Judge sitting by designation provided the dispositive vote on appeal, experience teaches that the case has a better than average chance of rehearing en banc.