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Federal Court Denies Government Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Warrantless Device Searches at Border

A federal district court judge in Massachusetts recently issued a memorandum and order denying the government’s motion to dismiss a case challenging warrantless searches of electronic device at the US Boarder. The plaintiffs (ten United States citizens and one permanent resident) brought suit in September 2017 against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) alleging that the defendants’ conduct searching plaintiffs’ electronic devices at ports of entry to the United States violates the Fourth Amendment and First Amendment of the Constitution. Read More.

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State of Texas et al v. Nielsen et al (filed 5/1/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Attorneys general of Texas and six other states have sued the Trump administration, asking it to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protecting about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. The lawsuit alleges that President Obama, in enacting DACA, exceeded his constitutional authority.

Nikola Corporation v. Tesla Incorporated (filed 5/1/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

A lawsuit filed by Nikola Motor Company (Nikola) alleging that Tesla's all-electric semi truck infringes on Nikola's patents. Nikola is seeking $2 billion in damages.

Doe et al v. Morrison & Foerster LLP (filed 4/30/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Three female associates have filed a class action lawsuit against Big Law firm Morrison & Foerster alleging the firm practices systemic gender discrimination against female lawyers, particularly those who are pregnant or have children.

Clifford v. Trump (filed 4/30/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, has filed a lawsuit against President Trump alleging that he made defamatory statements about her on Twitter. Daniels seeks damages in excess of $75,000.

Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation et al (filed 4/20/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed this lawsuit against the Russian government, top officials from the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging that the three conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign and shift it in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump. The DNC seeks millions of dollars in compensation for damages incurred from being hacked.

Rudinplay, Inc. v. The Estate of Nelle Harper Lee et al (filed 4/16/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The producer of the Broadway production of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" has filed a countersuit against the executor of the late author's estate. The original lawsuit filed by the executor in federal court in Alabama, alleges that the Broadway adaptation strays too far from the original text, in violation of the agreement between Lee (before her death) and Rudinplay. The production company alleges that the executor had ulterior motives in filing the lawsuit and that it cannot proceed with production with the uncertainty of litigation hanging over it.

Los Angeles Times Communications LLC v. Kernan, et al. (filed 4/11/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Other Legal News

Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Workers
The New York Times, May 21, 2018

Employees who are underpaid, harassed or discriminated against have been left to press their cases alone in arbitration.

Opinion analysis: Employers prevail in arbitration case (Updated)
SCOTUSblog, May 21, 2018

[NOTE: This post was updated with additional analysis at 3:30 p.m.] In 1925, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act, which (among other things) provides that an agreement to arbitrate a dispute “shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable.” Ten years later, Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act, which makes clear that employees have the right…

Indian Tribes Dig In to Gain Their Share of Sports Betting
The New York Times, May 21, 2018

As state governments develop plans to introduce sports betting, some American Indian tribes in the casino business are working to make sure they’re dealt in.

What Senator Grassley’s Recent Exhortation to (Conservative) Justices to Retire Promptly Says About our Federal Judicial Selection System
Justia's Verdict, May 18, 2018

Illinois Law dean and professor Vikram David Amar laments the present state of the federal judiciary system, recently illustrated by Senator Chuck Grassley's call to conservative Supreme Court justices to retire promptly. Amar explains why the proposal of term limits for Supreme Court justices would address some of the concerns of partisanship and would not present issues of judicial independence or due process.

Will the Supreme Court Scrutinize Solitary Confinement? One Justice Offers a Map
The New York Times, May 14, 2018

In 1979, an appeals court judge named Anthony Kennedy ruled that prisoners have a right to a little fresh air. Now he and his fellow justices could decide a similar case.

Press Release Regarding Justice Sotomayor
Supreme Court of the United States, April 30, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to undergo reverse total shoulder replacement surgery tomorrow morning. Justice Sotomayor injured her left shoulder in a fall at her home on April 16. Tests revealed she suffered a multipart displaced head splitting fracture of her proximal humerus. Further consultation with specialists indicated surgery was warranted. Justice Sotomayor will curtail activities for the next few weeks while she recuperates. She will wear a sling for...