Civil Procedure

1086 ABA Journal Civil Procedure articles.

Judge suggests lawyer who opposed extension may want to brush up on karma concepts
A federal magistrate judge in Miami is letting squabbling litigants know that their issues are less important than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal judge trims law firm’s suit that claims a rival firm hijacked website traffic
A federal judge in Chicago has trimmed some claims from an Illinois law firm’s suit that alleges that a rival hijacked its website traffic and copied some of its website content.
Judge slams emergency motion to halt knockoff unicorn art amid coronavirus pandemic
A federal judge in Chicago had no patience for a lawyer who sought a quick hearing on his client's bid for a temporary restraining order to halt the sale of knockoff unicorn art.
Supreme Court rules suits for contracting bias must show but-for causation, a tougher standard

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that lawsuits alleging discrimination in contracts under a Reconstruction-era law have to show but-for causation.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the case…

SCOTUS extends filing deadlines because of coronavirus outbreak
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday extended filing deadlines for cert petitions because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ethics and civil procedure are most important knowledge areas for new lawyers, survey says

A survey of nearly 15,000 lawyers sought to determine what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed by newly licensed attorneys.

9th Circuit blocks two policies that restrict and discourage asylum applications
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two Trump administration policies that affect asylum-seekers.
Air travelers should have a private right of action if discriminated against, ABA House says
The ABA House of Delegates approved a resolution targeting air carriers’ discrimination against people with disabilities after lengthy debate Monday at the midyear meeting in Austin, Texas.
DC Circuit tosses suit claiming Trump is violating emoluments clause
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that congressional Democrats do not have standing to sue President Donald Trump for alleged violations of the emoluments clause.
How corporate lawyers made it harder to punish companies that destroy electronic evidence

In the early 2000s, a series of civil lawsuits against giant corporations illustrated the disastrous consequences that could ensue if a defendant failed to provide electronic evidence such as company…

State laws provide for civil actions and other creative remedies for trafficking survivors

States are implementing or updating their own laws to better protect and support survivors. While criminal protections may permit survivors to seal, vacate or expunge records or provide them with immunity, civil remedies can help them restore lost income and pay off significant debts.

Supreme Court allows US to implement rule curbing green cards based on likely public assistance
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed on Monday the implementation of the “public charge” rule that makes it easier for the government to deny visas and green cards to immigrants who receive or are likely to receive public assistance.
5th Circuit denies transgender prisoner’s request to use female pronouns, change court records

A federal appeals court has refused to refer to a transgender inmate by her preferred female pronouns and rejected her request to change court records to reflect her new name.

Afternoon Briefs: Youths’ climate-change suit tossed; Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz join Trump legal team

9th Circuit tosses youths’ climate-change suit on standing grounds

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco dismissed Friday a climate-change lawsuit filed on behalf of…

Justices should consider when wrongfully convicted can seek damages, ABA says
The ABA is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that “presents one of the increasing number of instances in which a prosecutor’s office has conditioned the release of an unlawfully convicted defendant on his agreement to a new plea—rather than vacating the prior conviction before bringing any new charges.”

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