Category: US Court of Appeals

Vets Mental Health Suit Revived

Veterans have a constitutional right to effective mental health care, says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.  In addition, Judge Stephen Reinhardt said they and their surviving families have a right to timely resolution of their service-connected disability…

Court to Rehear Superbowl Threats Case

Kurt W. Havelock sent letters to news outlets threatening to massacre people attending the 2008 Super Bowl game in Arizona.  Now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will have 11-judges rexamine their 2010 decision to toss his conviction.  Havelock went around…

Obama’s Born to Run

Here is an instance of not letting reality stand in the way of a lawsuit.  Just days after President Obama issued the long form copy of his Hawaii birth certificate, lawyers Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz went ahead with a…

Gunning for Gun Shows

The Ninth Circuit sided with Alameda County in the long-running fight over the county’s right to prohibit gun shows on the county fairgrounds.  The appeals court ruling May 2 makes it all but impossible hurdle for the gun show promoters to overcome if they hope…

Deal Redux

The Winklevoss twins are not to be deterred by a unanimous Ninth Circuit opinion that it is time for them to accept the $65 million settlement  with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame over who really had the idea for Facebook.…

Auditor Must Face Backdating Suit

Stock back-dating cases are not dead yet. The 9th Circuit Thursday resurrected the shareholder suit against auditors Ernst & Young in options back-dating case that hit Broadcom Corp.   A federal judge in Los Angeles earlier dismissed the suit, but the…

A Deal is a Deal

The fight between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss once again gives meaning to the advertising catch phrase, “you can never be too rich.” The Winklevoss brothers, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook…

Immigration Law Blocked

The Ninth Circuit ruled April 11 that Arizona cannot use police to check the immigration status of people they suspect of being undocumented.  The 2-1 panel decision keeps in place a preliminary injunction issued in July by U.S. district Judge…

Examining Loughner

The legal battle over where and how to conduct a psychiatric exam of Jared Loughner landed in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals March 24. And the question particularly important to the defense:  do prosecutors get to see a videotape…

Holocaust Survivors Lose Federal Appeal

Holocaust survivors lost a long-shot appeal against the Catholic Franciscan Order in a federal appeals court Thursday.  The case stems from a long-running suit seeking to recover money for the alleged systematic looting of survivors’ property by the Nazi puppet government…