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U.S. Ninth Circuit

Ninth Circuit Sides With Public Preacher In Free Speech Case

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

The Ninth Circuit just came down on the side of free speech in Meinecke v. City of Seattle. This case presented the issue of a (rowdy and even violent) majority silencing a peaceful minority opinion — and the police taking the side of the majority. It highlights a…

9th Circuit Cites Government Lawyers' Bad Faith in No-Fly Case

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blasted government lawyers for "bad faith" tactics in a case by a former Stanford researcher who was placed on the terrorist no-fly list. In Ibrahim v. DHS, the en banc panel said the U.S. attorneys "played discovery games, made false representations," and otherwise misused the court process. And that was only the half of it. The 11-member panel sent the case back to the trial judge to reassess the plaintiff's claim for $3.6 million in attorney's fees.

9th Cir. Won't Rehear Suit Over Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

The Ninth Circuit has declined to reconsider, either in panel or en banc, environmentalists' challenge to Shell's arctic drilling plans. When government regulators approved Shell's spill response plan -- the plan meant to keep a drilling accident from becoming the next Exxon Valdez or Gulf oil spill -- they did so without formal environmental review under the Endangered Species Act or National Environmental Policy Act.

Couple Urges Ninth Circuit to Reinstate Jury Verdict Regarding Their Christmas Display

By Laura Temme, Esq. | Last updated on

Idaho attorney Jeremy Morris put Clark Griswold to shame when he put over 200,000 Christmas lights on his home in 2015, despite warnings from his homeowners association that the display would lead to trouble. Or perhaps they were more concerned about the live camel and busloads of people visiting the neighborhood.

Court: Fox Show 'Empire' Doesn't Infringe Trademark

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

Fox News is in the news these days largely because of fake news. Discerning the real news is becoming as confusing as distinguishing trademarks, particularly where Fox News is concerned. In Twentieth Century Fox v. Empire Distribution, the company said its "Empire" show did not violate Empire's trademark. In a word, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said, "correct." The explanation, like sorting out fake news, is a little more complicated. Hip Hop Who?

Urban Outfitters Burned for Stealing Fabric Company's Design

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

Urban Outfitters, the specialty retail chain geared towards hip teens, has a bit of a reputation for ripping off others' designs. It's not hard to find an artist who claims that the chain has picked up their designs -- sans permission, of course -- turning their art prints into miniskirts or their necklaces into knockoffs. Now, at least one allegedly wronged party has gotten some justice.

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