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495 ABA Journal 3rd Circuit Court articles.

Lawyer finds two words that doom billion-dollar case

A lawyer with a BigLaw firm was able to thwart a billion-dollar qui tam case against the Lennar Corp. when she found a California real estate developer’s name on a change-of-counsel form.

Cheerleader’s Snapchat vulgarity had a message, Supreme Court says in 8-1 ruling against school

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania school district violated a cheerleader’s First Amendment rights when it suspended her from the squad for F-word Snapchat posts.

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS weighs whether freedom of speech applies to students off campus using social media

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its last oral arguments of the term in April, and it will finish with a First Amendment case of potential great importance. Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. involves whether a student can be punished for speech on social media over the weekend.

Gun owners have no unfettered right to carry their weapons in public, en banc appeals court says

The Second Amendment doesn’t protect an unfettered right to openly carry a gun or pistol in public, according to the en banc 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco.

3rd Circuit calls out lawyer for ‘copy-and-paste’ appeal, orders him to pay attorney fees

A federal appeals court has ordered a Pennsylvania lawyer to pay his opponents’ appellate legal fees for filing a “frivolous” appeal and submitting a brief “that was essentially a copy of the one he filed in the district court.”

State ethics officials may draft new version of lawyer-bias ban after dropping appeal of adverse ruling

Pennsylvania ethics officials have withdrawn a federal appeal that sought to reinstate an ethics rule banning lawyers from knowingly manifesting bias or engaging in discrimination in the practice of law.

No federal appeals court has more female than male judges; which one is evenly balanced?

Just one federal appeals court has an equal number of active male and female judges.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer regrets pepper-spray incident; ex-FBI lawyer avoids prison

Lawyer expresses regret after he is pepper-sprayed by mayor

A lawyer who was pepper-sprayed by the mayor of Portland, Oregon, has expressed regret for the incident that provoked the response.…

Transformation of judiciary is Trump’s ‘most consequential accomplishment,’ says nonprofit founder

President Donald Trump has appointed 54 of the nation’s federal appellate judges during his four years in office, just one judge short of the number appointed by President Barack Obama in his two terms.

Afternoon Briefs: Law dean Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban; safe injection site shot down

Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban

Twitter and Facebook had the right to remove posts by President Donald Trump that amounted to incitement, but a total ban on…

Supreme Court agrees to hear First Amendment case of suspended cheerleader

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a school district can punish students for off-campus speech.

Standing issue keeps SCOTUS from ruling on state requirement for politically balanced courts

A Delaware lawyer didn’t have standing to challenge a state requirement for political balance and major-party judges on the state’s top courts, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

In election cases, Trump-appointed judges rule against Trump and allies, express skepticism

President Donald Trump’s campaign and those who support it have faced dozens of losses and skeptical judges, including some judges appointed by Trump.

‘Calling an election unfair does not make it so,’ 3rd Circuit says

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a bid to decertify Pennsylvania’s election results by President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Ban on therapy to change sexual orientation in minors violates First Amendment, 11th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two ordinances on First Amendment grounds in Florida that ban licensed therapists from providing “conversion therapy” to minors.

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