Category: US Court of Appeals

Can You Hear Me Now?

A federal appeals court must have thought they couldn’t be hearing right.  Settlement terms in a class action for millions of Bluetooth headset owners provided $962,000 but no  money for class members. It gives $100,000 to four non-profit groups dedicated to hearing…

Still Googling the Perfect 10

Perfect 10, the subscription website that offers photos of nude models, has lost another round in its quest to save its financial bacon by accusing Google of copyright violation.  Perfect 10 says it is Google’s use of thumbnail pictures in…

Greeks, God and College Recognition

Christian sorority and fraternity groups failed in their constitutional free speech challenge of San Diego State University’s nondiscrimination policy in group membership. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Alpha Delta Chi sorority and Alpha Gamma Omega fraternity…

Court Limits Abortion Clinic Escorts

Oakland’s enforcement of a law intended to shield women entering abortion clinics from antiabortion “counselors” must be applied equally to clinic escorts to survive constitutional free speech mandates.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law has not…

Obama Threat Conviction Reversed

Online messages urging the assassination of presidential candidate Barack Obama, coupled with racial slurs, is protected free speech, according to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Reinhardt, joined by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, reversed a…

Yuma Church Battles Bars

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has stepped into the middle a fight between gin and sin.  And God won. Normally, fighting urban blight means a church might fight to exclude bars and nightclubs coming its neighborhood.  But in…

Grocers Must Face Antitrust Claim

Grocery store chains in southern California that agreed to share revenues during a labor dispute may be subject to antitrust violation claims, a federal appeals court ruled.  The Sherman Antitrust Act prohibits contracts or agreements used to restrain trade. A…