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Monday, July 11, 2011

"Will SCOTUS review Alien Tort Statute after D.C. Circuit ruling?" Alison Frankel of Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman


"'2 dads' case goes to Supreme Court": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A gay rights organization is seeking Supreme Court review of the case of a gay couple who wanted both their names to appear on the birth certificate of the Louisiana child they adopted in New York."
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Overriding the Jury In Capital Cases": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"Google Seeks Immediate Appeal of Street View Wiretap Ruling": David Kravets has this post today at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"Judge Deanell Tacha supports former Kansas AG Steve Six's nomination to her position on appellate court": This article appears today in The Lawrence Journal-World.
Posted at 08:24 PM by Howard Bashman


Seventh Circuit disagrees that corporations cannot be held liable for violating the Alien Tort Statute but nevertheless rejects lawsuit alleging that Firestone uses hazardous child labor on a 118,000-acre rubber plantation in Liberia in violation of customary international law: Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner wrote today's very interesting ruling on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Posted at 05:32 PM by Howard Bashman


Two recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania filings: On Wednesday of last week, I filed this Brief for Appellee/Cross-Appellant in Lance v. Wyeth, a case in which Pennsylvania's highest court granted review to determine what types of negligence claims can be brought against the manufacturer of a dangerous prescription drug. Also on that date, amici curiae the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice filed this amicus brief in support of my client's position. Wyeth's Pa. Supreme Court Brief for Appellant can be accessed here. More information about the case can be accessed via this earlier post.

And today, I filed a Reply Brief for Appellant in a case that raises issues of separation of powers and judicial deference to the legislative branch concerning whether an organization qualifies as a "purely public charity" under Pennsylvania's Constitution. In this earlier post, I linked to my client's opening Brief for Appellant and the amicus briefs filed in support of my client's position (here and here). Most likely, this case will be scheduled for oral argument in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in late November or early December of this year.
Posted at 05:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"9th Circuit orders gov't to state position on DADT": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court that has called for the immediate halt of the military's ban on openly gay troops issued an order Monday requiring the U.S. government to state whether it will continue to defend the constitutionality of the policy in court."

Update: You can access the Ninth Circuit's order at this link.
Posted at 04:50 PM by Howard Bashman



"Bobblehead Alert: It's Clarence Thomas' Turn." Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 03:30 PM by Howard Bashman






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