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In A Victory for Transparency, Dark Money Donors Revealed

The Supreme Court issued an order  yesterday upholding a US Federal District Court decision  that requires, effective immediately, more transparency in the naming of of donors to non-profit groups which run advertisements for or against political candidates. The lawsuit, brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) against the conservative group…

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Facebook, Inc. v. BlackBerry Limited et al (filed 9/4/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against BlackBerry alleging patent infringement over several patents related to voice messaging. Earlier this year, Blackberry filed a lawsuit against Facebook over voice messaging software, as well.

Patacsil v. Google, Inc. (filed 8/17/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Shortly after Google admitted that it tracks the location history of users even after they have turned off location services, this lawsuit was filed alleging that Google's practice violates California's Invasion of Privacy Act and the state’s constitutional right to privacy.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Incorporated et al v. Elenis et al (filed 8/14/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

A lawsuit filed against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (the "Commission") challenging a probable cause finding by the Commission that a refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition was a violation of state public-accommodations law.

EEOC v. United Airlines, Inc. (filed 8/9/18)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that Defendant United Airlines discriminated against Jane Doe by subjecting her to harassment because of her sex, which created, enabled and perpetrated a hostile work environment from which she did not receive protections or relief by her employer, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, Defendant allegedly failed to take preventative or corrective action in response to Doe's complaint that United Airlines Captain Uhlenbrock regularly posted sexually explicit photos, videos and stories about Doe on the internet, which mentioned her name, occupation and home airport.

Cahill et al v. Nike, Inc. (filed 8/9/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

A class action lawsuit filed against Nike by four female employees which claims violations of the Equal Pay Act (gender pay discrimination) and also claims the company ignored rampant sexual harassment.

Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC v. State of Nebraska et al (filed 8/7/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

A lawsuit filed by German drug manufacturer Fresenius Kabi against the State of Nebraska over the drugs used for lethal injection.

In Re : DMCA Section 512(h) Subpoena to Twitter, Inc. (filed 8/3/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Petitioner BBC Worldwide Limited is seeking a subpoena directed to Twitter, Inc. to identify alleged infringers who distributed Season 11, Episode 1 of Doctor Who.

Other Legal News

The Kavanaugh Uproar and Women’s Voices
The New York Times, September 19, 2018

Readers are reminded of experiences in the lives of many women and girls.

Trump Says Accusations Against ‘Justice’ Kavanaugh Are Unfair
The New York Times, September 19, 2018

The president said he wanted to hear from Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser: “If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting.”

Criminal cases in the October 2018 term: A law professor’s dream
SCOTUSblog, September 18, 2018

Applying a broad definition, 13 of the 38 cases in which the Supreme Court has granted review for the upcoming October 2018 term raise criminal law and related issues. (A few more will be granted in the “long conference” order list to be released September 27.) This is about average: Between a quarter to a…

The Threat to Roe v. Wade in the Case of the Missing Precedent
The New York Times, September 17, 2018

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh said a decision on abortion was a key to understanding the power of precedent. So why has the Supreme Court been ignoring that decision?

The Ongoing Salience of Brett Kavanaugh’s Lurid Memo to Ken Starr
Justia's Verdict, August 22, 2018

Cornell law professor Michael C. Dorf comments on the recently publicized memorandum Brett Kavanaugh wrote in 1998 in the course of his work for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who was conducting the investigation of President Bill Clinton. Dorf points out that the sexually explicit questions Kavanaugh proposed in his memo should have been ruled inadmissible under applicable procedural rules. Inspired by Kavanaugh’s own line of questioning, Dorf concludes by proposing a question that he calls upon a senator to ask Judge Kavanaugh during his nomination hearing.

Federal Judicial Center Director Announcement
Supreme Court of the United States, July 25, 2018

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., announced today that the Board of the Federal Judicial Center has selected Deputy Director John S. Cooke to be the eleventh director of the Federal Judicial Center. Chief Justice Roberts, who chairs the Board of the Federal Judicial Center, stated, “The Board selected John Cooke from a number of exemplary candidates. John has won extensive praise over the past 13 years as deputy director of the Center. He has strong leadership skills and unparalleled...