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  • Case against Pfizer dismissed

    The 1st Circuit Court has dismissed a action filed against a Pfizer pharmaceutical company which had alleged that the company had continued to engage in conduct in violation of the False Claims Act. The Court affirmed the lower court’s ruling of summary judgment as the complaint failed to state a claim and the lower court committed no error in their ruling. See Decision.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:21 AM

  • Immigration review petition denied for felon convicted before the Immigration Act of 1990

    The First Circuit Court has denied a petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision. The petitioner was convicted of a felony before the Immigration Act of 1990, which removed discretionary grants to those who served 5 or more years relating to an aggravated felony. The Court found that the post enactment date of the conviction was controlling in this situation. See Decision.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:18 AM

  • CA Court affirms SLAPP ruling

    The California Court of Appeals has affirmed the grant of a motion to strike the complaint which had been filed alleging violations of the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. The Court found that the claim was subject to the fair and true reporting privilege and that additionally the plaintiff did not have a likelihood of prevailing on his claims. See Decision.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:08 AM

  • Driver overtime pay case turns on grammatical distinction

    An overtime case has been decided in favor of employee drivers on a grammatical distinction. The Court found that if the contract had used a serial comma, the drivers would have been under exception and would have been outside of the protection of overtime laws. However, due to that grammatical error the drivers were under overtime law. See Decision.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:06 AM

  • Maryland judge issues injunction regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigration

    A Maryland Court has issued an injunction regarding President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders. The judge issuing the injunction found that the executive order was in violation of the constitution and additionally that the order has the effect of creating a situation similar to the proposed Muslim ban. See Decision.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:03 AM

  • CA Chief Justice writes letter concerning immigration officers picking up immigrants near courthouses

    The Chief Justice of California has written an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern about immigration officers picking up undocumented immigrants at or near court houses. She expressed concern that the court houses should not be used as bait and instead should be a trusted institution. See Letter.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:02 AM

  • Bill passes senate relating to federal land management

    The Senate of the United States has approved a bill which will have the effect of nullifying previous legislation enacted under the Obama administration. The regulation relates to federal land management and planning processes between agencies. See Bill.

    Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

  • Los Angeles Business Journal

    Issue number #38-51 (December 2016) of publication Los Angeles Business Journal is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • Arkansas Business

    Issue number #34-8 (February 2017) of publication Arkansas Business is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • NotiCen: Central American & Caribbean Affairs

    Issue number #21-8 (February 2017) of publication NotiCen: Central American & Caribbean Affairs is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • NotiSur - South American Political and Economic Affairs

    Issue number #26-8 (February 2017) of publication NotiSur - South American Political and Economic Affairs is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • Corrections Today

    Issue number #79-2 (March 2017) of publication Corrections Today is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • Real Estate Weekly

    Issue number #62-21 (March 2017) of publication Real Estate Weekly is now available

    Mar 21, 2017 12:02 PM

  • 3rd Circuit allows disparate impact claims under ADEA

    In Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, the Third Circuit held that "subgroup" disparate impact claims are cognizable under the ADEA. The case had been brought by employees alleging that a mass layoff had a disparate effect on those employees who had been over 50 years old. See Article..

    Mar 20, 2017 11:05 PM

  • 2nd Circuit Court reverses previous decision regarding restructure schedules

    A recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Marblegate Asset Management, LLC v. Education Management Finance Corp., reversed the 2014 ruling and held that section 316(b) only bars restructurings that that impact a creditor's core payment right, which is different from the practical ability to demand payment. See Article..

    Mar 20, 2017 11:03 PM

  • Suit filed challenging procedure to restore voting rights to felons in Florida

    A lawsuit has been filed against the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, alleging that the procedure in Florida which permanently removes a felon’s right to vote after conviction. The only way to restore the voting rights is to apply for clemency after a 5 to 7 year wait period. See Complaint.

    Mar 20, 2017 11:01 PM

  • 4th Circuit issues opinion affecting Article III standing

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has made it more difficult to establish Article III standing in data breach cases both at the pleading stage and at summary judgment by requiring plaintiffs to allege and show that data thieves intentionally targeted the personal information that is stolen in a data breach. The decision in the case, Beck v. McDonald, came down on February 6, 2017. See Article..

    Mar 20, 2017 11:00 PM

  • FCC will no longer investigate into zero rating plans

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced via press release that they will no longer make inquiries or investigations into companies with zero-rating plans. Previous investigations into zero-ratings plans focused on whether the plans were in violation of net-neutrality. See Press Release.

    Mar 20, 2017 10:56 PM

  • Apple invalidates patents

    Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. The patents relate to synchronous communication systems for electronically generating and transmitting menu selections. While the covered technology is not directly related to personalized medicine, the Federal Circuit's review of the patents' specifications and the court's claim constructions in the context of a 35 U.S.C. § 101 challenge is instructive to patent applicants seeking to patent methods that may be characterized as an abstract idea, such as methods linking treatment options or clinical trials to potential patients. See Article..

    Mar 20, 2017 10:54 PM

  • Trends show a decrease in bankruptcy filings

    The United States Bankruptcy Courts have released their statistics from the year 2016. In the past year there has been a 6.3% drop in the total number of bankruptcy filings. This is in accordance with general downward trend since 2012. There is a particularly notable decrease in chapter 7 filings over this same period. See Report.

    Mar 20, 2017 10:53 PM

  • Florida governor signs bill requiring unanimous jury for death sentence to be given

    The governor of Florida has signed legislation which changes the law regarding the death penalty. The new legislation requires a unanimous jury decision in favor of the death penalty in order for the sentence to be carried out. See Bill.

    Mar 20, 2017 10:52 PM

  • State Legislatures

    Issue number #43-3 (March 2017) of publication State Legislatures is now available

    Mar 18, 2017 6:02 AM

  • Journal of Pan African Studies

    Issue number #9-10 (December 2016) of publication Journal of Pan African Studies is now available

    Mar 17, 2017 12:02 PM

  • The Humanist

    Issue number #77-2 (March 2017) of publication The Humanist is now available

    Mar 17, 2017 12:02 PM

  • Court lacked proper jurisdiction in property case as administrative review was first required

    The 4th Circuit Court has affirmed the dismissal of several claims brought under foreclosure proceedings. The dismissal has been affirmed as the court did not have proper subject matter jurisdiction as the claims were not first submitted to administrative review as is required. See Decision.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:09 PM

  • Court finds that man detained after filming police station has viable 4th amendment claim

    The 5th Circuit Court has found that a man briefly detained after filming a police station does not have a viable 1st amendment claim, however under the law he does have a claim under the 4th amendment. The Court found that a reasonable person would not have believed under the circumstances that there was probable cause for the arrest. See Decision.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:07 PM

  • New settlement reached with New York Police Department

    A new settlement agreement has been reached between the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Police Department. The first settlement agreement that the two parties had reached was rejected. The settlement provides for increased surveillance of the police department’s monitoring of intelligence. See Settlement.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:06 PM

  • Court finds improper standard in granting habeas corpus petition

    A grant of a habeas corpus by the district court has been vacated by the 2nd Circuit Court. The Court found that the lower court did not use the proper standard in reviewing the state ruling and additionally found that the New York Court of Appeals affirmation of the state court order was not unreasonable under federal law and precedent. See Decision.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:05 PM

  • Utah House of Representatives changes rules regarding restaurant bar barriers

    The House of Representatives of Utah has lifted a restriction requiring a 7 foot tall barrier between children and alcoholic drinks being mixed in restaurants. While the legislation does not remove all restrictions, it offers other options for restaurants in keeping children removed from the area. See Legislation.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:04 PM

  • CA proposes measures to reduce greenhouse gases

    California Assembly members Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) have jointly introduced legislation that would require companies bidding on public works contracts that use certain building materials to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated through the manufacturing process of such materials. The State of California would, in turn, take the bidders' GHG emissions footprint into consideration using a yet-to-be-developed formula when reviewing and awarding bids. See Article.

    Mar 16, 2017 11:02 PM