Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"3rd Circuit Tosses $295 Million Antitrust Deal in De Beers Case": Shannon P. Duffy will have this article, in which I am mentioned, in Wednesday's edition of The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily newspaper for lawyers.
"'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on trial": The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California has this news update.
And today's edition of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Military policy on gays faces legal test; The Log Cabin Republicans ask a federal court in Riverside to overturn 'don't ask, don't tell,' saying that it is unconstitutional."
"Court rejects De Beers class-action settlement; $272.5 million class action settlement rejected; Lower court must reconsider class make-up": Reuters provides this report.
En banc Seventh Circuit rejects Second Amendment challenge to federal law that makes it a crime for anyone "who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" to possess a firearm: You can access today's ruling of the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link. Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook wrote the majority opinion. Circuit Judge Diane S. Sykes was the lone dissenter.
Posted at 04:37 PM by Howard Bashman
"Gildea and Stras sworn in as a member of the nation's high court watches": Minnesota Public Radio has this report, which contains audio links to the remarks at the ceremony,
At Politico.com, Ben Smith's blog yesterday had a post titled "Thomas clerk takes Minnesota seat."
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports today that "New Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea says she'll fight against partisan judicial elections and for better court funding; Lorie Gildea makes it clear that she will be a vocal force in her new post as chief justice of Minnesota's high court."
And the "MinnLawyer Blog" yesterday had a post titled "Justice Thomas at Landmark Center for Stras investiture."
"Young detainee declined U.S. deal, declares boycott; A Canadian facing a life sentence wouldn't trade five more years at Guantanamo for a guilty plea in war crimes case": Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.
Posted at 03:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"Appeals court rules against detainee in Gitmo case": Pete Yost of The Associated Press has this report.
James Vicini of Reuters reports that "Court upholds detention of Yemeni at Guantanamo."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Sweeping U.S. victory on detainees; Circuit Court chastises judge."
"Airlines Lose Court Challenge to Higher Airport Fees for Busy Travel Times": Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
"NYC court tosses US fleeting expletives policy": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court on Tuesday found that a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television is unconstitutionally vague."
Jim Puzzanghera of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court; A three-judge panel in New York says a rule on unscripted expletives on live broadcast TV and radio creates a 'chilling effect' in violation of the 1st Amendment; The ruling is a major victory for broadcast networks."
And Bloomberg News reports that "U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC Indecency Policy."
"Live From New Haven: The Potter Stewart Papers." Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman
Second Circuit decides various constitutional challenges to provisions of Connecticut's Campaign Finance Reform Act: A single three-judge Second Circuit panel has issued two separate opinions addressing two separate challenges, and you can access those rulings here and here.
Update: In coverage of the rulings, The Hartford Courant has a news update headlined "U.S. Appeals Court Upholds, Rejects Parts Of State Campaign Law."
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacates settlement of De Beers diamonds antitrust class action: The ruling has not yet been posted to the Third Circuit's web site, and thus I have uploaded a copy to this link.
I argued this appeal on January 28, 2010 on behalf of class member-objector Susan M. Quinn, the only objector from whom the Third Circuit heard oral argument. Today, Third Circuit ruled that the settlement must be set aside based on the objections that Ms. Quinn has raised. The audio of the oral argument can be accessed via this link (37.7MB Windows Media audio file).
A Wikipedia entry titled "De Beers Diamonds Antitrust Litigation" provides a bit more background about the case.
"Supreme Court Review: Campaign Cash, Controversy." This audio segment featuring Nina Totenberg appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
Posted at 10:27 AM by Howard Bashman