Category: US Court of Appeals

Buckle Up or Get a Beating

Here’s why it’s better to buckle up when driving.   A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy pepper sprayed and used his baton on a 46-year-old, black  probation officer during a traffic stop for an unfastened seatbelt.   Mark Anthony Young had disobeyed…

Insurers Must Cover Mental Illnesses

Health Insurers in California must provide coverage for all medically necessary severe mental illness equally with the terms applied to physical illness, says a federal appeals court.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals interpretation gives added power to California’s…

What Would Jesus Do?

A high school history teacher is immune from a 15-year-old former student’s lawsuit accusing the instructor of making derogatory remarks about Christianity in violation of the student’s First Amendment rights.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the claims…

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…