3 hrs ago
Family Winemakers of California Cheered by Passage of Direct Shipping Statute in Massachusetts
"We know consumers and wineries have been waiting since 2006 for this day," said Joseph Harbison, chair of Family Winemakers of California and owner of Harbison Estate Wines in Oakville, California.
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9 hrs ago
First Circuit Finds for Life Insurer in ERISA Class Action...
In a unanimous panel decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a trial court's ruling that the defendant, Unum Life Insurance Company of America , had breached fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 by using so-called retained asset accounts to disburse death benefits under ... (more)
Thu Jul 10, 2014
La. diocese: priest cannot break seal of confession
Baton Rouge, La., Jul 10, 2014 / 05:50 am .- After the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a priest may have to testify about an alleged confession, the Diocese of Baton Rouge said that this demand "assaults" Church teaching and is unconstitutional.
Tue Jul 08, 2014
4th Circuit: Better than average at high court
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from federal courts in Maryland, has an enviable record before the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices choose to review its decisions.
Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession
Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn't.
Fri Jul 04, 2014
Rinaldo Del Gallo: The right call for free speech
There has probably been no more an ardent fighter in Berkshire County for the First Amendment's freedom of speech provision than myself.
Thu Jul 03, 2014
Northwest Florida Daily News
Walton teacher punished for incident involving student
A Walton Middle School teacher will face a three-day suspension during the 2014-15 school year because of actions taken during the previous one.
Wed Jul 02, 2014
Bangor Daily News
Could Portland repeal its abortion clinic buffer zone in aftermath of Supreme Court ruling?
Most people following national or regional news by now know that, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot no-protest zone around abortion clinics in the state was unconstitutional.
Tue Jul 01, 2014
For School Kids in California, A Fight is Just a Fight-Not a Crime
Great news out of California: An appeals court there just ruled that when two students get into a fight on school grounds, it isn't a crime for the courts to rule on- Bob Egelko in the SFGate has more on the specific details of the determination, which was reached by the First District Court of Appeals: The case comes from Ukiah, where 15-year-old ... (more)
Mon Jun 30, 2014
First Amendment in Mass.: Aggressive Panhandling and Buffer Zones
This week we examine a duo of First Amendment cases. The first garnered national media attention last week as the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law .
Sat Jun 28, 2014
On Scene with Bill Wilson: Stewart Appointed Justice of 1st District Court of Appeals.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Associate Justice James M. Humes as presiding justice, Division One and Therese M. Stewart to Division Two of the First District Court of Appeal.
Supreme Court Decides McCullen v. Coakley
In response to disorder outside a Boston clinic where abortions are performed, Massachusetts enacted a statute making it illegal to "knowingly enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility within a radius of 35 feet of any portion of an entrance, exit or driveway of [the] facility" .
Fri Jun 27, 2014
Grand Jury Transcripts in Kidnap-Murder of Sierra LaMar Ordered Released by Judge
A judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court today ordered the release of thousands of pages of transcripts from proceedings by a county grand jury that indicted a man in the 2012 murder-kidnapping of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar. Judge Griffin Bonini ruled that the transcripts of the secret grand jury that charged Antolin Garcia-Torres of ... (more)
U.S., Mass. courts rule in favor of MERS in foreclosures
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Massachusetts Superior Court affirmed dismissals of wrongful foreclosure lawsuits, which challenged the validity of MERS as the mortgagee and its subsequent assignment of the mortgage.
Courthouse News Service
'Aggressive Panhandling' Ban Survives Appeal
A ban on "aggressive panhandling" in Worcester, Mass., can stand, the 1st Circuit ruled, finding no evidence that the content of the speech factors into the restrictions.
Thu Jun 26, 2014
What Obama's drone memos reveal: Nothing but contempt
Finally, after intense negotiation between the Obama administration and senators including drone-strike stalwart Rand Paul, the government released the much discussed memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, which was written by David Barron when he was the acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel.
City declines to continue with Dutra appeal
The City of Petaluma's final chance to appeal the incoming Dutra asphalt plant has passed, but some private plaintiffs are still awaiting the chance to contest Dutra's upcoming permit applications.
Unanimous court strikes down abortion a buffera for protesters
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law creating 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics, saying it violated the First Amendment rights of protesters who gathered near the clinics.
The Drone Kill Memo: Obama's Murderous 'Logic'
The Second Circuit has just compelled the release of a memo , prepared by then Acting Assistant Attorney General David J. Barron that purports to outline the legal rationale for President Obama's summary execution of American citizens on foreign soil.
Wed Jun 25, 2014
The American Prospect
Important 4th Amendment Victory on Warrants and Smart Phones
The precedent was in fact clear enough that all nine members of a Court with a notably dubious record on Fourth Amendment rights agreed with the judgment.