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120 ABA Journal Federal Circuit Court articles.

Judge blocks ‘extensive and burdensome’ state law on ballot initiatives
A federal judge in South Dakota ruled Thursday that a new law requiring people who circulate ballot petitions to provide the state with their personal information is unconstitutional.
As federal anti-hacking law turns 35, its meaning, reach and effectiveness are still murky

What had started as a pre-internet computer crime law affecting national security and finance has become a statute that prosecutors, plaintiff attorneys and defense counsels agree isn’t right for its time, and maybe never was. Even with broad agreement on the problem, however, the solution is less clear.

In patent cases, imposing attorney fees will ‘hamper equal access to justice,’ ABA says

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the ABA says: “Imposing governmental attorneys’ fees on patent applicants who choose civil actions under [the law] will…

Judge faces obstruction of justice charges; ICE says she helped immigrant evade courthouse arrest
A Newton District Court judge and a state court officer are facing criminal charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the courthouse in April 2018.
Federal judge sides with female inmates who filed class action suit over widespread sleep deprivation

No more 2:30 a.m. pill calls, 4 a.m. breakfasts or noisy overnight maintenance in jails in one San Francisco Bay Area county, a federal judge ruled Monday.

In a preliminary…

Army reservist, ACLU drop lawsuit over gun range’s anti-Muslim sign
A U.S. Army reservist dropped his federal lawsuit against an eastern Oklahoma gun range on Tuesday after it agreed to remove its “Muslim-free establishment” sign.
Former NFL players fail to move painkillers lawsuit forward

In the latest ruling regarding the NFL’s alleged “return-to-play” scheme, a federal judge held that retired players failed to prove that the league was responsible for handing out painkillers and…

Trump sues House committee chairman to block investigation into finances
President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, to block a subpoena sent last week seeking information about his finances.
Pacer should be free, according to amicus brief by Posner and 6 other retired judges
Updated: Plaintiffs who claim Pacer fees are illegally excessive are getting lots of support in amicus briefs filed in their pending federal appeal.
Lawyer stole money to pay for plastic surgery, overdue income taxes, party with Hawaiian band and more

An Oregon attorney who pleaded guilty to stealing money from client trust accounts and her law firm, and not paying income taxes for six years, was sentenced Thursday to serve…

ABA president: Bar groups should help federal courts promote pro bono for domestic violence victims
Legislation that requires federal courts promote pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims was signed into law this week by President Donald Trump, Bloomberg Law Big Law Business reports.
Can a town be a museum? A case may hinge on the precision of definitions

Does the usual meaning of a word carry over to a legal definition? The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on this question in a case involving sports hero Jim Thorpe.

A year after Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling, patent cases are up in Delaware and LA
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas used to be famous as a preferred venue for plaintiffs in patent cases. But data indicates the U.S. Supreme Court put a stop to that in May of 2017 when it ruled in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Brands Group that lawyers should use a narrow definition of “resides” when determining where venue is proper.
ABA urges Federal Circuit not to include attorney fees in patent case ‘expenses’
The American Bar Association is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit not to include the government’s attorney fees when awarding “all expenses of the proceedings” to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The ABA filed an amicus brief in NantKwest v. Joseph Matal, urging the full Federal Circuit to overturn a split decision of a three-judge panel.
Court limits where plaintiffs can bring claims in three rulings

This Supreme Court term turned out to be important for civil procedure, with three significant rulings on personal jurisdiction—when a court has control of the particular parties in a case.

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