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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

“New Orleans tour guide licensing law upheld”: The Times-Picayune has a report that begins, “New Orleans tour guides will continue to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing in order to ply their trade after a federal appeals court upheld the city’s licensing system.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Fifth Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 11:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court reopens third case after Center uncovered judicial conflicts of interest; Judge’s wife owned up to $100,000 in ExxonMobil stock when company came before him”: The Center for Public Integrity today has a report that begins, “A federal appeals court has withdrawn a three-judge panel’s 2007 dismissal of a Pennsylvania man’s lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corp. after a Center for Public Integrity investigation found that the wife of one of the judges owned up to $100,000 worth of stock in the oil company at the time of the panel’s decision.”

Posted at 11:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senate Democrats look to rewrite First Amendment in fight to limit campaign cash”: Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times has this report.

Posted at 11:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“This man says he’s willing to die so he can post naked pictures without getting fired”: Today at the “Style Blog” of The Washington Post, Ben Terris has an entry that begins, “If you’ve ever been fired for posting a nude picture of yourself on the Internet, or for writing homophobic rants on Facebook, there’s a man who says he is willing to die outside of the Supreme Court for you.”

The hunger striker is an attorney from Delaware, and you can access his web site at this link.

Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion clinic buffer zones should be protected by the Supreme Court”: Carla Hall has this essay online at The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:11 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court decision gives Nautilus a boost; Lower court decision in patent fight tossed”: The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington has this report.

Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Harper appoints Quebec Court of Appeal judge Gascon to Supreme Court”: Sean Fine will have this article in Wednesday’s edition of The Toronto Globe and Mail.

The Toronto Star has an article headlined “Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated to Supreme Court; Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Quebec Court of Appeal judge Clement Gascon as his nominee to fill the seat on the Supreme Court of Canada previously held by Justice Morris Fish.”

Reuters reports that “Canada PM names new top court judge after previous pick rejected.”

The Canadian Press reports that “Quebec Court of Appeal judge Clement Gascon nominated to Supreme Court.”

CBC News reports that “Justice Clement Gascon to fill Quebec vacancy on Supreme Court; Gascon to replace Justice Marc Nadon, the previous candidate for Quebec vacancy who was deemed ineligible.”

You can access the official announcement at this link.

Posted at 11:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“Could U.S. Supreme Court decide not to decide on same-sex marriage? Utah hopes for a 10th Circuit ruling soon, with a possible appeal decided by the justices in 2015.” This article will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.

In Wednesday’s edition of The Deseret News, Dennis Romboy will have an article headlined “Utah lawmaker questions if gay marriage case will reach U.S. Supreme Court.”

And in related news, The Oregonian has a news update headlined “Gay marriage: U.S. Supreme Court should stay out of Oregon case, attorney general says.”

Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“Stepping back from the precipice in Bond“: David Golove and Marty Lederman have this post today at “Just Security.”

Posted at 10:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Prisoner Deal Puts President on Defensive”: Charlie Savage and David E. Sanger will have this article in Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times.

Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Clash over Taliban release unlikely to be resolved in U.S. courts”: Lawrence Hurley and Andy Sullivan of Reuters have this report.

Posted at 9:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Criticized at Congressional Hearing on Campaign Finance”: At “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Todd Ruger has a post that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court drew heavy but familiar criticism from federal lawmakers Tuesday as Democrats pressed forward with a constitutional amendment to undo the high court’s rulings in campaign finance cases.”

And in yesterday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had an op-ed titled “The Democratic Assault on the First Amendment; Congress has too much power already; it should not have the power to silence citizens.” You can freely access the full text of the op-ed via Google.

Posted at 3:16 PM by Howard Bashman

“Arizona Drug-Induced Abortion Limits Blocked by Court”: Bloomberg News has a report that begins, “Arizona’s law limiting drug-induced abortions was blocked by a federal appeals court as an undue burden on women, handing a victory to Planned Parenthood which seeks to roll back a restriction it says is among the most stringent in the nation.”

You can access today’s ruling of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 1:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ohio court to weigh repeat execution attempt”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “Ohio’s top court has agreed to hear arguments that the country’s only survivor of a botched lethal injection would face cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy if the state again attempts to put him to death.”

Posted at 11:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Enter Into Dispute Over Districts Alabama Set”: Adam Liptak has this article in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that “Court to review Alabama’s ‘race-based’ reapportionment.”

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal has an article headlined “Supreme Court Takes Up Appeal on Alabama Redistricting Plan; High Court Reviewing Whether Alabama Plan Dilutes Voting Power of Minorities.” You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser has an article headlined “If challenge succeeds: New map, maybe not new elections.”

Bill Mears of reports that “Supreme Court will review Alabama’s redrawn voting maps.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “New ruling due on racial gerrymandering.”

Posted at 9:56 AM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Limits Suits Over Encouraging Patent Infringement; Court Sides With Limelight Networks in Patent Fight With Akamai Technologies”: Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal has this report. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

Greg Stohr and Susan Decker of Bloomberg News report that “Patent Lawsuits Limited by Supreme Court in Two Rulings.”

Diane Bartz and Lawrence Hurley of Reuters report that “U.S. Supreme Court rulings may make life harder for patent trolls.”

Joe Mullin of Ars Technica reports that “Supreme Court shoots down two more rules put in place by top patent court; Raising the bar on vague patents, and throwing out ‘induced infringement’ theory.”

Online at Bloomberg View, law professor Noah Feldman has an essay titled “Supreme Court Smacks Down Patent Lawyers.”

At Gigaom, Jeff John Roberts has a post titled “In win for tech industry, Supreme Court overturns two more patent rulings,”

At, Daniel Fisher has a post titled “Supreme Court Slaps Loose Business-Method Patents, Federal Circuit In Rulings.”

And at “Patently-O,” Dennis Crouch has blog posts titled “Supreme Court Rejects Expanded Inducement Doctrine” and “Supreme Court: To Be Valid, Patent Claims Must Provide Reasonable Certainty Regarding the Claim Scope.”

Posted at 9:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Appointments and Disappointments: The Supreme Court Blunder That Liberals Tend to Make.” David Leonhardt has this essay in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Posted at 7:56 AM by Howard Bashman