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Merrick Garland Is Named As President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is President Obama’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The president officially named Garland as a Supreme Court nominee Wednesday as they stood before the media and a large gathering of attendees in the Rose Garden at the… Continue reading

SCOTUS blog: Supreme Court vacancy on Scalia’s Death

Published on: Author: Teresa L

SCOTUS blog has a special section to news relating to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past Saturday, and President Obama’s possible Supreme Court nominees. Read the blog posts here.

Bluebook Revision Wars

Published on: Author: Teresa L

From the Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2016: “War is brewing over the most boring piece of intellectual property imaginable: the “Bluebook,” the 580-page quasi-authoritative source of proper legal citation formats published by the Harvard Law Review, described by Adam Liptak of the New York Times a few months ago as “a comically elaborate thicket of… Continue reading

Law in the News: California Vaccine exemption bill temporarily stalls in California Senate Education Committee

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Facing a barrage of questions he could not answer from his Senate Education Committee colleagues — particularly about the right of California children to attend public schools even if they are unvaccinated — Sen. Richard Pan on Wednesday agreed to delay by one week the committee’s vote on his controversial vaccine legislation. The unexpected retreat… Continue reading

Law in the News: Clinton e-mail flap reveals common practice

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Reports this week that Hillary Rodham Clinton relied on her personal account entirely, and did not even have a government e-mail address during her tenure as secretary of state, have triggered a firestorm over the accountability of public officials and the security of valuable information. It turns out Jeb Bush had a personal account, too,… Continue reading

Law in the News: Court dismisses 3rd lawsuit against hen cage law

Published on: Author: Teresa L

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by a farmer that challenged a law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 2012 decision by a lower court to throw out the lawsuit by egg farmer William… Continue reading

Law in the News: Judge tosses challenge to SF ‘Airbnb law’ but future suits likely

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Just days before San Francisco’s “Airbnb law” is scheduled to take effect, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to the law from rival vacation-rental firm HomeAway but left the door open for HomeAway customers to file their own lawsuit. The ordinance legalizes and regulates vacation-rentals in private homes. HomeAway claimed that it was… Continue reading

Law in the News: Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan

Published on: Author: Teresa L

In California, community college tuition and fees average less than $1,500 a year, the lowest in the nation, and with government grants, most students pay nothing. In Florida and Michigan, the cost is over $3,000, yet poorer students still attend free. But in Vermont and New Hampshire, prices are around $7,000, well over what government… Continue reading

Law in the News: Foie Gras Producers, Restaurants Defeat California Ban

Published on: Author: Teresa L

A California ban on foie gras can’t be enforced because it violates U.S. poultry regulations, a federal judge said in a victory for producers of the delicacy made from fattened duck and goose livers. The ban, which took effect in 2012, was the first by a state to make it illegal to sell foie gras.… Continue reading

Law in the News: Supreme Court considers extent of free speech over Internet

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WASHINGTON — Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.But his wife didn’t see it that way. Neither did a federal jury. Elonis, who’s from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted… Continue reading