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Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

NPR – A Girl And Her Service Dog Head To The Supreme Court – “Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that significantly limited her motor skills but not her cognitive ability. So when she was 5, her pediatrician recommended that her parents get a service dog to help her become more independent.… Continue Reading

Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits Up 28 Percent in FY 2016

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Fiscal year 2016 set a new record for litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. During the twelve months ending September 30, a total of 9,373 new suits were filed. This is up 28 percent over the previous year and more than double the number filed just five years ago. While… Continue Reading

Search thousands of historical documents from the Nuremberg trials

“The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Approves FTC Order for Owners of Certain Volkswagen and Audi “Clean” Diesels to Receive Compensation

Via FTC: A federal district court judge in San Francisco today signed a $10 billion settlement order, starting the formal process for owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars to receive compensation for the vehicles they bought. Under the $10 billion Federal Trade Commission order, in most cases the owners of VW… Continue Reading

Federal Judge approves $15B settlement in Volkswagen emissions case

USAToday – “A federal judge on Tuesday approved one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. history, a nearly $15 billion U.S. deal concerning Volkswagen Group’s diesel car emissions scandal. The settlement sets in motion a massive vehicle buyback program and environmental remediation efforts.” See also previous posting –Volkswagen Agrees to Record Settlement in Emissions Case and Volkswagen… Continue Reading

CRS – Current Vacancies on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Current Vacancies on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims: Overview and Historical Context. October 13, 2016 (IN10592) “Over the past several decades, there has been ongoing Senate interest in appointments to the United States Court of Federal Claims. This Insight provides information related to the number of current vacancies on the court, and how long… Continue Reading

Privacy International challenge of UK hacking operations

PCWorld: “The U.K.’s spy agencies breached the European Convention on Human Rights for years by secretly collecting almost everything about British citizens’ communications except their content, a U.K. court has ruled. However, now that the U.K. government has admitted what it is doing, the collection is legal, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled Monday. It has… Continue Reading

Judge to determine whether Pacer fees are too high for public access

Via NextGov – Cost of Electronic Access to US Court Filings Faces Major Legal Test of Its Own: “…the paywall that surrounds Pacer is facing what may be its most serious test since the service emerged 28 years ago. Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., is expected to decide in the… Continue Reading

Court rules CFPB organizational structure is unconstitutional – Appeals Court Deals Setback to Consumer-Watchdog Agency. Federal three-judge panel rules CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional but rejects idea of shutting down agency. New York Times – Court Gives President More Power Over Consumer Agency Chief – An appeals court panel said the director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was too independent, so it gave the president the… Continue Reading

Paper – Rethinking Prosecutors’ Conflicts of Interest

Green, Bruce A. and Roiphe, Rebecca, Rethinking Prosecutors’ Conflicts of Interest (October 7, 2016). Boston College Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2017; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2849658. Available at SSRN: “Conflicts of interest are endemic to almost all prosecutors’ discretionary decisions, and are the source of many instances of misconduct and… Continue Reading

Pew – Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

“As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now favor the death penalty for people… Continue Reading

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers – length of briefs pared down

Judges Push Brevity in Briefs, and Get a Torrent of Arguments – “The Constitution of the United States clocks in at 4,543 words. Yet a number of lawyers contend that 14,000 words are barely enough to lay out their legal arguments. That’s the maximum word count for briefs filed in federal appellate courts. For years,… Continue Reading