"Court upholds controversial dialysis law":
The News Service of Florida has a report
that begins, "A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a heavily lobbied 2002 law that prevents Florida doctors from referring kidney-dialysis patients to labs in which the doctors have financial stakes."
You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at this link.
"9th Circuit revives Medtronic pain pump suit":
Terry Baynes of Reuters has this report
My earlier coverage of today's en banc Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
"The Danger Lurking Behind the Platinum Coin: This way lies the risk of impeachment."
Law professor Eric Posner
has this essay
online today at Slate.
"Bin Laden death photos might not see the light of day":
Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has this report
I linked to additional coverage of today's D.C. Circuit oral argument in this earlier post.
"Lincoln, the Supreme Court, and the Reconstruction Revolution":
The McClatchy-Tribune News Service has posted online this essay
written by Doug Kendall and Tom Donnelly.
"Texas court asks: Is man's best friend priceless?"
The Associated Press has a report
that begins, "They say all dogs go to heaven. But if they get there before their time, should someone pay up? The Texas Supreme Court began mulling Thursday whether grieving dog owners should be able to sue for the 'emotional value' of man's best friend."
You can view the video of today's oral argument in the Supreme Court of Texas by clicking here. And the briefs filed in the case can be accessed via this link.
"Supreme Court won't block Orie Melvin's prosecution":
Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this news update
reporting on an order
that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
issued this afternoon.
Earlier this afternoon, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had a news update headlined "DA's office says state Supreme Court should not dismiss Orie Melvin charges."
"U.S. Death Penalty Support Stable at 63%; Decade-long decline in support after 2001 seen mostly among Democrats":
Gallup Politics issued this news release
"Warner Bros. Wins Blockbuster Victory in Legal Battle for Superman; An appeals court finds that Jerome Siegel's heirs made a deal with the studio in 2001 over rights to Superman":
Eriq Gardner has this post
at The Hollywood Reporter's "Hollywood, Esq." blog.
You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Update: A reader kindly points out that the Ninth Circuit today also issued two related unpublished rulings (here and here) addressing the merits of this matter.
"Wetlands regulation at heart of Fla. property rights dispute":
Lawrence Hurley of Greenwire has this article
reporting on a case that is scheduled for oral argument next Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court
"In Nike opinion, justices reaffirm limits on who has the right to sue":
Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report
At Forbes.com, Daniel Fisher has a blog post titled "Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Nike Trademarks."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Opinion recap: A promise better be a promise."
Unanimous 11-judge en banc Ninth Circuit panel holds that federal law does not preempt a state law failure to warn claim concerning an FDA-approved "Class III" medical device manufactured by Medtronic:
You can access today's en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
at this link
The majority on a divided three-judge Ninth Circuit panel had originally affirmed a federal district judge's ruling that the failure to warn claim was preempted under federal law. My earlier coverage of that ruling and the Ninth Circuit's order granting rehearing en banc can be accessed here.
"Jerry Brown wants feds to back off on prisons":
Columnist Debra J. Saunders has this essay
today in The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Brewer officially joins Oregon Supreme Court":
Peter Wong has this article
today in The Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon.
"Why Has Obama Pardoned So Few Prisoners?"
Sasha Abramsky will have this article
in the January 28, 2013 issue
of The Nation.
"Bin Laden Corpse Photos Should Be Released, Group Argues":
Tom Schoenberg of Bloomberg News has a report
that begins, "Photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse and burial at sea, ordered to be kept secret by President Barack Obama, should be made public, a self-described conservative watchdog group told a federal appeals court."
The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Court looks likely to defer to U.S. in barring release of postmortem bin Laden photos."
David Ingram of Reuters has a report headlined "Images of a dead bin Laden still dangerous: U.S. lawyer."
The Associated Press reports that "Judges seem wary of release of bin Laden photos."
CNN.com reports that "Court considers demand that U.S. release photos of bin Laden's body."
Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post reports that "Osama Bin Laden Photo Release Considered By Appeals Court."
At Politico.com, Josh Gerstein has a blog post titled "Court skeptical on release of Osama bin Laden photos."
And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Mike Scarcella has a post titled "DOJ Defends Secrecy of Post-Mortem Osama bin Laden Photos."
"Hamdan case back to Court?"
Lyle Denniston has this post
"Federalism and Marriage: The Supreme Court should stay out of the way."
Edward Whelan has this essay
in the December 31, 2012 issue
of National Review magazine.
"What's Lost if the Voting Rights Act Falls? Minority voters will lose a key bargaining chip."
Law professor Richard L. Hasen
-- author of the "Election Law Blog
" -- has this jurisprudence essay
online at Slate.
"Constitution Check: Is the 'war on terrorism' coming to an end?"
Lyle Denniston has this post
today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
"Appeals court: RMNP right to rule out reintroducing wolves."
The Denver Post contains this article
And The Associated Press reports that "Court upholds decision on elk thinning in US park."
You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit at this link.
"US judge voices concerns on Bulger; Says public may question fairness of mobster's trial": This article
appeared yesterday in The Boston Globe.
Yesterday's edition of The Boston Herald contained an article headlined "Lawyer: Whitey's judge too close to bad old days."
And yesterday's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment titled "'Whitey' Bulger's Lawyers Want Judge Off The Case."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has posted the audio of Tuesday's oral argument at this link (featuring, among other things, the voice of retired Justice David H. Souter).
"Orie Melvin asks colleagues on high court to dismiss charges; Same argument was rejected in Common Pleas Court":
Paula Reed Ward has this article
today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Pennsylvania justices vote Castille out as overseer of Philadelphia courts": This front page article
appears today in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Update: Later today, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts issued a news release titled "Justice Eakin Succeeds Chief Justice Castille as Philadelphia Courts Liaison."
"Likelihood of a Petition Being Granted":
Kedar Bhatia has this post
today at his blog, "DailyWrit."