9th Circuit Court

1287 ABA Journal 9th Circuit Court articles.

DOJ Fights State Wiretap Probes

A San Francisco federal judge today considers whether the federal government can stop states from investigating telephone companies suspected of providing information for a terrorist surveillance program.

Officials in five…

Backdating Defense Takes a Blow

The defense of the ex-CEO of Brocade Communications suffered a setback yesterday, when a witness was allowed to testify about a statement acknowledging that stock options backdating is wrong.

June…

Brocade Lawyer Protests Surprise Statement

A federal judge in San Francisco will hold a hearing today on whether to admit evidence showing the former CEO of Brocade Communications knew backdating stock options was illegal.

The…

RFRA Ruling Riles Developers

A March ruling by a federal appeals court has boosted tribal efforts to block developments that threaten lands they hold sacred.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protected the tribes’ sacred grounds. The ruling blocked a plan to make snow from reclaimed wastewater for skiers at a resort near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Developers worry the case will hamper development, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports.

Kennedy Overturns Former Clerk

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy overturned his former law clerk in a decision yesterday saying that state courts are in the best position to make decisions on potential…

Exxon Valdez’s Next Stop is High Court

Litigation in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will come to an end if the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a punitive-damages appeal.

About 22 percent of the…

ACLU Sues Boeing Subsidiary re U.S. Rendition Aid

A subsidiary of airline giant Boeing Co. has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for allegedly aiding “extraordinary rendition” efforts by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

The suit,…

Lawyer Loses Claim for Mormon Tax Exemption

A federal appeals court has rebuffed a Las Vegas lawyer who said he should not have to pay Social Security taxes because of his Mormon religion.

Jonathan Hansen told the…

High Court Holds a ’60s Revival

Warren era comes to life in cases on student signs and standing to sue

The Net Effect

High Court Enters the Digital Age With Cases on File-Sharing, Cable Competition

Computing Time for Crime

Critics Say Vague Hacking Law Leads to Bad Prosecutions, Inconsistent Sentences