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Recently Featured Dockets
MEJIA-MEJIA v. U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT et al (filed 6/19/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of District Of Columbia
A Guatemalan woman has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allegedly "forcibly" separating her from her seven-year-old son after they crossed the border to seek asylum in the United States. News outlets report that this lawsuit is the first to challenge the government's removal of a specific child from a parent in the execution of current federal immigration policy.
Stephanie Clifford v. Keith Davidson et al (filed 6/7/18)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Plaintiff Stephanie Clifford AKA Stormy Daniels alleged that her former attorney Defendant Keith M. Davidson breached his fiduciary duty to her by coordinating with Defendant Michael Cohen for plaintiff to appear on Sean Hannity's Fox News show to lie about her relationship with Donald Trump, which allegedly was to the benefit of Cohen and Trump and to her detriment. Additionally, plaintiff alleged Defendant Michael Cohen aided and abetting the breach of fiducairy duty.
Sesame Workshop v. STX Productions, LLC et al (filed 5/24/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Plaintiff Sesame Workshop seeks an injunction to bar Defendants STX Productions, LLC, STX Financing, LLC, and STX Filmworks, Inc. from infringing on Plaintiff's "Sesame Street" trademark by using the allegedly infringing tagline "No Sesame. All Street." in Defendant's "The Happytime Murders" movie trailer.
Zuniga v. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals et al (filed 5/22/18)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
A lawsuit filed by a secretary formerly employed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals alleging she was illegally fired by her boss, a Republican judge, for criticizing the GOP on her Facebook page.
Application for a Search Warrant for an Electronic Device (filed 5/10/18)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Speech First, Inc. v. SCHLISSEL et al (filed 5/8/18)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
State of Texas et al v. United States of America 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 protected about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. The lawsuit alleges that President Obama, in enacting DACA, exceeded his constitutional authority.
Other Legal News
A Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He’s Gay. And the Justices Don’t Care.
The New York Times, June 19, 2018
The Supreme Court announced it would not stop South Dakota from killing a man because he is gay.
Yesterday, in Chavez-Meza v. United States, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split regarding whether the district court must give an explanation at all for its decision in a sentencing-modification proceeding pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2), and, if so, how full the explanation must be. In short, the judge must provide an explanation, but…
Opinion analysis: With facts like these …
SCOTUSblog, June 19, 2018
One of my first thoughts upon reading yesterday’s decision in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach was of an old headline from “The Onion”: “Supreme Court Issues Landmark ‘It Depends’ Ruling.” Indeed, the majority opinion in Lozman, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and joined by seven other justices, explicitly limits its holding to “facts like…
Attitudinal and Doctrinal Takeaways from the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
Justia's Verdict, June 15, 2018
Illinois Law dean and professor Vikram David Amar and UC Davis Law emeritus professor Alan E. Brownstein discuss two doctrinal issues raised in the Supreme Court’s majority and concurring opinions in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Amar and Brownstein explain how Colorado could have reached the results it reached without disfavoring religion or religious liberty/equality at all, and they point out that the Court’s focus on the motives of the commissioners is unusual given the Court’s prior decisions on the role of invidious motives.
Was It a False Confession in ‘Making a Murderer’? The Supreme Court May Decide
The New York Times, June 11, 2018
The justices will consider on Thursday whether to hear an appeal from Brendan Dassey, whose videotaped confession was featured in the Netflix documentary.
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...