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Friday, February 17, 2012

"Two justices suggest Citizens United ruling should be reconsidered in Montana case": Robert Barnes will have this article Saturday in The Washington Post.

In Saturday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin will have an article headlined "Supreme Court Blocks Montana From Enforcing Restrictions On Corporate Political Spending."

The Washington Times has a news update headlined "Justice says Supreme Court should revisit campaign finance."

The Billings Gazette has a news update headlined "U.S. Supreme Court blocks Montana ban on corporate election spending."

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that "High court blocks Mont. campaign money ruling."

James Vicini of Reuters reports that "US justices allow Montana corporation election spending."

Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post reports that "Supreme Court Blocks Montana Campaign Finance Ban."

Josh Gerstein of has a blog post titled "Supreme Court blocks Montana campaign finance ruling."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Montana campaign ruling on hold."

You can access today's stay order of the U.S. Supreme Court at this link.
Posted at 11:32 PM by Howard Bashman

"Panel reinforces Ecuador award halt in Chevron case": Reuters has a report that begins, "An arbitration panel reinforced an order that Ecuador's government seek to suspend an $18 billion court award against U.S. oil company Chevron Corp over pollution in the South American country's rainforest." In addition, Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight reports that "Chevron says 'back on offense' v. Ecuadoreans after rulings."

Dow Jones Newswires report that "Arbitrators Order Ecuador To Prevent Enforcement Of Judgment Vs Chevron."

International Business Times has a report headlined "Double Victory For Chevron in Ecuador Pollution Case."

And at's "Law Blog," Chad Bray has a post titled "Ecuadorean Plaintiffs Want Judge Off US Racketeering Case."

Today, Chevron issued a news release headlined "International Arbitration Panel Orders Ecuador to Take 'All Measures Necessary' To Suspend Enforcement of the Lago Agrio Judgment."
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman

Federal Circuit applies aspect of Wal-Mart v. Dukes to the lawsuit brought by various federal judges arguing that Congress violated Article III's Compensation Clause by blocking promised yearly cost-of-living salary adjustments: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at this link.

While application of the Dukes ruling benefited these federal judge-plaintiffs insofar as they were not directly bound by the result of a class action that they were not given an opportunity to opt-out from, the Federal Circuit's substantive ruling on appeal in that class action case -- rejecting the Compensation Clause claim at issue there -- nevertheless remained binding precedent and thus forced the three-judge panel that issued today's ruling to reject on the merits the appeal by these particular federal judge-plaintiffs.

Next, these federal judge-plaintiffs will need to decide whether to seek rehearing en banc in the Federal Circuit before seeking to take the case back to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Posted at 06:07 PM by Howard Bashman

"Feds Urge Court to Reject Laptop Decryption Appeal": David Kravets has this post today at's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 05:46 PM by Howard Bashman

"NY appeals court orders NJ programmer's acquittal": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A smiling former Goldman Sachs programmer has been freed after a surprise ruling from a federal appeals court that reversed his conviction on charges he stole computer code."
Posted at 05:42 PM by Howard Bashman

"Series of robberies plague Nevis over weekend": The Leewards Times of St. Kitts & Nevis has this news update.
Posted at 05:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court to hear military medal lying case": James Vicini of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 04:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"Obama nominates Pryor to appeals court": Bill Rankin and Daniel Malloy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have an article that begins, "President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Atlanta lawyer Jill Pryor to serve on the federal appeals court and fill a vacancy that has stood since August 2010."

Alyson M. Palmer of The Fulton County Daily Report has a news update headlined "Obama nominates Jill Pryor for judge on 11th Circuit."

Yesterday, the White House issued a news release headlined "President Obama Nominates Jill A. Pryor to Serve on the US Court of Appeals."
Posted at 04:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Texas Supreme Court justices say role of court is to interpret law": This article appears today in The Midland Reporter-Telegram.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"D.C. Circuit Examines $3.4B Settlement In Native American Trust Case": Mike Scarcella had this post yesterday at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"New Haven could be headed back to U.S. Supreme Court, again over fire department issue": This article appeared yesterday in The New Haven Register.

And The New Haven Independent reports that "Ricci Aims At Supreme Court, Again."
Posted at 08:17 AM by Howard Bashman

"Solicitor general brings voice of reason to health care case": Joan Biskupic has this article today in USA Today.

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has a report headlined "Health-Care Law May Mean Other Buying Mandates, Clement Says."

And James Vicini of Reuters has a report headlined "Could Obama healthcare law force you to buy a car?"

Online at C-SPAN, you can access at this link the video of yesterday's media briefing on the health care cases at the National Press Club.
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman

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