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Top California court will consider employer liability for take-home COVID-19 infections

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether state law permits lawsuits against employers when workers contract COVID-19 and bring the virus home to relatives.

Private companies in Oregon jails must follow state anti-bias law, top state court rules

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that private contractors providing services in the state’s prisons are subject to the state law barring discrimination against those with disabilities.

US law allowing hemp products legalized potlike intoxicant delta-8 THC, 9th Circuit says

A federal appeals court ruled last week that the 2018 law removing most restrictions on hemp legalized the ingredient delta-8 THC, which has psychoactive and intoxicating effects similar to the marijuana ingredient delta-9 THC.

Judge’s COVID-19 protocols violated defendant’s right to a public trial, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a public trial was violated when a trial judge allowed an audio stream but not video access to the proceedings.

People younger than age 21 have Second Amendment right to buy semi-automatic rifles, appeals court says

California’s ban on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles by most people younger than age 21 violates their Second Amendment rights, a federal appeals court has ruled.

9th Circuit judge wants to pass the torch to her favored replacement; is there an ‘optics’ problem?

U.S. Circuit Judge Johnnie Rawlinson is backing one of her former law clerks as her successor if she decides to take senior status on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit…

SCOTUS should not restrict counsel’s investigations in death penalty cases, ABA says

In an amicus brief filed Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that counsel representing habeas petitioners should be able to investigate new evidence without first proving that the evidence will provide relief to their clients.

SCOTUS will consider whether California pork law may violate dormant commerce clause

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether pork producers can sue over a California law said to have the effect of regulating pig enclosures nationwide.

Weekly Briefs: Controversial Florida education bills advance; ban on homebuyer ‘love letters’ blocked

Florida lawmakers pass ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ anti-woke bills

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign two controversial bills passed by the legislature this week. The “Don’t Say Gay”…

Weekly Briefs: Appeals courts rule in lawyer restitution cases; tribes agree to opioid settlement

Ex-BigLaw partner must pay $537M in tax fraud scheme

Paul M. Daugerdas, a former Jenkens & Gilchrist partner, lost an appeal in his tax fraud case before the 2nd U.S.…

White House confirms potential Supreme Court nominee as the short list grows

The White House confirmed Friday that U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs is among several Black women being considered for the U.S. Supreme Court.

These 2 judges are considered front-runners to replace Breyer; who else is getting mentioned?

Two judges are considered front-runners to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, but they aren’t the only contenders.

Corporate defense lawyers support federal rule changes said to help prevent ‘junk’ scientific testimony

Lawyers defending companies involved in mass tort litigation on Friday supported federal rule changes they think will help prevent the introduction of “junk” scientific testimony at trials, according to coverage by Reuters.

9th Circuit judge writes opinions for and against constitutionality of pandemic gun-store closings

A federal appeals judge took two positions on pandemic gun-store closings Thursday with the aim of making a point about his court’s “exceptionally malleable” approach to the Second Amendment.

Supreme Court will hear case of praying football coach

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the case of a high school football coach who lost his job after defying the school district’s orders to stop praying with students at the 50-yard line after games.

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