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Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Gableman should have recused himself from cases; State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's relationship with a law firm raised enough questions to warrant recusal in some cases": This editorial will appear Friday in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The newspaper will also contain an op-ed by Rick Esenberg entitled "Critics of Gableman haven't made their case."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"Lawyers, courts see weaknesses in defense of Obama's healthcare law": Sam Baker has this blog post online at The Hill.
Posted at 10:37 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judicial Ethics and the Supreme Court": This editorial will appear Friday in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"SCOTUS expected to weigh Montana campaign finance appeal": has this report.
Posted at 10:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court to examine Texas redistricting": Joan Biskupic will have this article Friday in USA Today.
Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Argument preview: 4-letter words and TV, Round II." Lyle Denniston has this post this evening at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 10:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Foreign Money Swaying U.S. Voters?" You can access this "Room for Debate" discussion online at The New York Times.
Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"In Act of Defiance, Democrat Stalls Obama Choice for Court": Friday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, "When a Democratic president nominates a federal judge from a state with two Democratic senators -- and the Senate itself is controlled by Democrats -- a speedy confirmation hearing typically follows."
Posted at 10:06 PM by Howard Bashman

"Louboutin red-sole trademark case: color war at the 2nd Circuit!" Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 05:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"CA court mulls window for old clergy abuse claims": The Associated Press has an updated report that begins, "California's highest court heard a precedent-setting case Thursday that could expose Roman Catholic dioceses in the state to another round of clergy abuse lawsuits."
Posted at 05:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"Feds Want Judge to Force Suspect to Give Up Laptop Password": David Kravets has this post today at's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 05:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Reversal of Fortune: A crusading lawyer helped Ecuadorans secure a huge environmental judgment against Chevron; But did he go too far?" I'm pleased to report that The New Yorker is now providing free access to the full text of this article, written by Patrick Radden Keefe, which appears in the January 9, 2012 issue of that magazine.
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"Rick Santorum Jokes About Sending Ninth Circuit Judges To Guam": Amanda Terkel of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 04:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"With Ecuadorean plaintiffs poised to collect, Chevron has Plan B": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 02:57 PM by Howard Bashman

"Chief Justice John Roberts' Defense Of Supreme Court Ethics Doesn't Soothe Critics": Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 02:17 PM by Howard Bashman

Jill Pryor to join Bill Pryor on the Eleventh Circuit? In today's edition of The Fulton County Daily Report, Alyson M. Palmer has an article headlined "ABA vets Pryor for seat on 11th Circuit; Bondurant partner seems to be White House's latest pick for long-vacant seat."

The prior Judge Pryor is the subject of a short article written by Mary Orndorff posted online today at The Birmingham News headlined "Dispute over presidential appointments recalls Bill Pryor's case."

But why stop at two judge Pryors? If the current President or his successor were to appoint Chief U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes of the Northern District of Georgia to the Eleventh Circuit, that court could then also have two Judge Carnes-es (hyphen optional).
Posted at 02:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"State Supreme Court returns juvenile court to county control": The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has a news update that begins, "The judge appointed by the state Supreme Court to review the workings of Luzerne County's juvenile court system in the wake of the kids-for-cash scandal has finished his work and complete control of system has been returned to the county court, the Supreme Court announced in an order issued today."

You can access today's order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at this link.
Posted at 02:01 PM by Howard Bashman

"High court: State isn't fully funding education." The Seattle Times has a news update that begins, "In a highly anticipated court ruling released Thursday morning, the Washington State Supreme Court agreed the state is failing to meet its constitutional duty to fully fund education and said it would 'retain jurisdiction' to make sure the Legislature does so."

Today's ruling of the Washington State Supreme Court consists of a majority opinion and an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.
Posted at 12:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"A warning about paywalls when relying on social science evidence in defending the constitutionality of a law": The blog "walshslaw" has this post discussing a recent Fourth Circuit ruling.

And while I'm on the subject of paywalls, yesterday Clay Shirky had a very interesting post titled "Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users" (via David Carr's Twitter feed).
Posted at 11:56 AM by Howard Bashman

"Sherrilyn Ifill's The Chief Strikes Out": Law professor Sherrilyn Ifill -- with whom I served as a co-panelist at this past summer's Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference -- has this guest post at "Concurring Opinions."
Posted at 10:54 AM by Howard Bashman

"Motion for New Trial in Obsidian Finance Group, LLC v. Cox": Eugene Volokh has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy." You can access the motion for a new trial at this link.
Posted at 09:26 AM by Howard Bashman

"Gableman's lapses demand reopening of bargaining case": The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin has this editorial.
Posted at 09:17 AM by Howard Bashman

"Former SJC chief to resume private practice, teach": The Boston Globe has this report.
Posted at 09:12 AM by Howard Bashman

"Malone has most cash in chief justice race; Graddick top fundraiser": This article appears today in The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser.
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman

"Broadcasters take on FCC indecency rules in Supreme Court showdown": The Los Angeles Times has this blog post.
Posted at 08:56 AM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court likely to decide on Montana's corporate campaign spending ban": This article appears today in The Missoulian.
Posted at 08:52 AM by Howard Bashman

"CA court to mull expiration date for clergy abuse": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "California's highest court is hearing a precedent-setting case that could expose California's Roman Catholic dioceses to another round of clergy abuse lawsuits."
Posted at 08:47 AM by Howard Bashman

"Court Restores $28 Mil. Punitives Award in HRT Case": In today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily newspaper for lawyers, Amaris Elliott-Engel has this article in which I am quoted. I presented the appellate oral argument on the plaintiff's behalf in the case that is the subject of the article's headline.

My earlier coverage of the two related rulings (Kendall v. Wyeth, Inc. and Barton v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) that the Pa. Superior Court issued on Tuesday can be accessed here and here.
Posted at 08:45 AM by Howard Bashman

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