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Parents and Students Suing Universities Involved in Admissions Scandal

A class action lawsuit filed on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California names Stanford, USC, UCLA, the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest, Yale, and Georgetown. Read More.

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Olsen et al v. Singer et al (filed 3/13/19)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Plaintiffs Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods are both students at Stanford University. Plaintiffs alleged that they did not receive what they paid for--a fair admissions consideration process--when Olsen applied to Yale University and Woods applied to the University of Southern California. Both also allege that their Stanford degree "is now not worth as much as it was before, because prospective employers may now question whether [they] were admitted to the university on [their] own merits."

Microsoft Corporation et al v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (filed 3/8/19)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Plaintiffs Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Licensing, GP alleged that Defendants Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Ltd, trading as Foxconn Technology Group, breached a Confidential Patent License Agreement dated April 1, 2013, under which Microsoft granted a worldwide patent portfolio license to make and sell certain Covered Products in exchange for Royalty Reports, per-device royalty payments and, if requested, an audit by an independent accounting firm. Despite the agreement, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant has failed to submit royalty reports and cooperate with an audit.

Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. et al v. United States of America, et al (filed 3/6/19)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Plaintiff Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. seek a declaration that section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2019, which restricts the procurement of telecommunications equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Co., is unconstitutional.

State of California v. Azar et al (filed 3/4/19)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over significant changes to Title X, a grant program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services that provides individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. Among the changes are removal of "the requirement that Title X funded entities refer for abortion," and a prohibition on Title X projects "from performing, promoting, referring for, or supporting abortion as a method of family planning."

MUTHANA v. POMPEO et al (filed 2/21/19)
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

The father of an Alabama woman who traveled to Syria to join ISIS has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to rescind her US citizenship. The lawsuit, which names President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr, asks the court to prevent the federal government from depriving the daughter of her citizenship and to require the government to allow her to return to the country.

Nicholas Sandmann, et al v. WP Company LLC (filed 2/19/19)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Attorneys for Nicholas Sandmann—a Kentucky high school student who appeared in a viral video that shows him in a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat facing off with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips at an Indigenous Peoples March—filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post, alleging that the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C." The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

State of California et al v. Trump et al (filed 2/18/19)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Sixteen states including California have filed a lawsuit against President Trump over his declaration of an emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. The plaintiff states allege that the president lacks power under the Constitution to allocate funds for constructing a wall along the border because Congress retains the spending power.

Other Legal News

Argument transcripts
SCOTUSblog, March 18, 2019

The transcript of today’s oral argument in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill is available on the Supreme Court’s website; the transcript in Smith v. Berryhill is also available. The post Argument transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

Supreme Court Weighs Race Challenge to Virginia Voting Map
The New York Times, March 18, 2019

The case, which is making its second appearance at the court, featured a squabble among officials over who was authorized to pursue an appeal on behalf of the state.

Argument preview: Justices consider availability of punitive damages in maritime unseaworthiness case
SCOTUSblog, March 18, 2019

The few admiralty cases the Supreme Court hears often address common-law questions resembling those that normally arise on land and are generally within the province of state courts. These maritime adventures tend to involve a deep journey into relatively esoteric doctrinal areas, requiring the court to determine its proper judicial role as well as to…

Partisan Gerrymandering Returns to a Transformed Supreme Court
The New York Times, March 18, 2019

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s departure may have doomed efforts to impose constitutional limits on voting maps warped by politics.

What Should the Court Do With That Cross?
Justia's Verdict, February 28, 2019

UNLV Boyd School of Law professor Leslie C. Griffin comments on a case heard by the US Supreme Court this week raising questions about the Establishment Clause. Griffin summarizes some of the main points of each of the advocates in the case and argues that the Court should provide a clearer standard—a straightforward rule that one religion cannot be preferred to another.

Press Release Regarding Justice Ginsburg
Supreme Court of the United States, December 21, 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology...