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Wisconsin's Voter-ID Case Provides a Lesson in Interim Relief

In recent weeks, several high-profile cases involving Wisconsin public policy have come before the Seventh Circuit. In many instances, these cases have provided not only insights on the federal judicial system for the general...more

Permanent Injunction of Pennsylvania’s Prohibition against Establishment of Political Committees to Receive Contributions of...

On August 13, 2014, an order was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the matter of General Majority PAC v. Carol Aichele permanently enjoining implementation and enforcement of...more

Duke, Hershey, and Winston: Who gets to trademark a famous name?

Common sense tells you that you can always use your own name. But under trademark law, that’s not always true. Three recent cases illustrate this conundrum, which plays a major role in many Internet marketing and domain name...more

Update!—New TN Law Concerning Patent Infringement Allegations

In recent years, state legislatures have attempted to pass legislation regarding patent law – an area that the U.S. Constitution states is exclusively governed by federal law. The stated goal behind many of these laws is to...more

Supreme Court Decides Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, No. 13-193, holding that a credible threat of enforcement of a law is sufficient to establish an Article III injury in fact....more

Divided Appeals Court Overturns N.J. Sports Betting Law: Is Supreme Court Next Stop?

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court decision from New Jersey invalidating New Jersey’s sports betting law. The decision marks a setback in New Jersey’s efforts to implement sports...more

The NLRB Creates A New Defense

A federal district court in Washington has struck down an NLRB petition for a Section 10(j) injunction because the NLRB lacked a valid quorum at the time the petition was authorized. In Hooks v. Kitsap Tenant Support...more

CFPB moves to dismiss Morgan Drexen’s D.C. lawsuit; Morgan Drexen moves to enjoin CFPB’s CA action

In response to the motion for summary judgment filed by Morgan Drexen in its Washington, D.C. lawsuit against the CFPB, the CFPB has filed a motion to dismiss. After it was sued by Morgan Drexen, the CFPB filed an enforcement...more

Update on cases challenging Cordray appointment

We have been following two federal court cases that involve challenges to Director Cordray’s appointment. The California case, CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, was filed in summer 2012 by the CFPB against an attorney and his law...more

County’s Interpretation Of General Plan Amendment Amounted To Regulatory Taking

A county interpreted a voter-enacted amendment to its general plan to prohibit the completion of a self-storage facility on property owned by Lockaway Storage, a project that was in the works before the amendment went into...more

Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights, LLC et al v. Dannel P. Malloy, Governor

Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief

Scott Ennis of New London, CT and his group Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights, have filed the first legal challenge against CT's newly enacted gun law. This action for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief asks...more

Update on CA case challenging Mr. Cordray’s appointment

We have been following the case filed this past summer by the CFPB in a California federal court against an attorney and his law firm that offered mortgage assistance relief services to consumers. In CFPB v. Chance Edward...more

Does The Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund Deny Due Process?

In notorious defiance of the California Constitution, the legislature in 2002 established the Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund. See Victims of Corporate Fraud. The purpose of the fund is to provide ”restitution to...more

You Should Know - October 2012

2012 Voter’ s Guide to State Judicial Elections - Flood of Money, Negative Ads Threaten Right to Fair Trial Three darkly silhouetted “murderers” describe their gruesome crimes, and then tell viewers that “Judge Thomas...more

Eighth Circuit Questions Minnesota Reporting Requirements for Independent Expenditures

In a split decision, the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Minnesota District Court’s denial of a motion for a preliminary injunction, noting that the appellants, Minnesota business entities, are likely to...more

Proposed Bill Would Provide Immunity for New Jersey Rescue Squads

Proposed Bill Would Provide Immunity for New Jersey Rescue Squads by CJ Griffin on August 28, 2012 A bill introduced in the New Jersey Senate would overrule a recent court ruling regarding the liability of New Jersey...more

The Enduring Myth of Medical Malpractice Reform

Sometimes it seems like the drive to control the amount of damages awarded for medical malpractice is on some kind of political message loop. Often called “tort reform,” it frequently is fodder in election campaigns, and is...more

You Should Know - July 2012

In This Issue: - Power Kept in Check - 5 Myths that Trick Americans - Conservative Opposes Tort Reform Excerpt from: Protect Your Seventh Amendment Rights - Our Constitutional Liberties Are Threatened by...more

Voting is Not a Technicality—It's a Fundamental Right

Originally Published in the Daily Business Review. Voting is a fundamental right and groups that seek to promote the exercise of that right deserve their day in court. The judge gave them their day in court and correctly...more

Poyner Spruill Litigators Win Preliminary Injunction Fight

?Members of Poyner Spruill’s Litigation Section, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and attorney Drew Erteschik, have secured a preliminary injunction for the North Carolina Association of Educators and its...more

Some Proponents of Obamacare Have Been Selling Constitutional Snake Oil

In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal (April 26, 2012, at A14), Charles E. Rounds, Jr. refutes the suggestion made by Prof. Alan S. Blinder of Princeton University in an April 20, 2012 op-ed in the same paper...more

Court of Appeals Strikes Down Communications Act Ban on Political and Issue Advertising on Noncommercial Broadcasting Stations -...

The Communications Act's ban on noncommercial broadcast stations running political and issue advertising was struck down as unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While the Court upheld the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Health Care Reform: Will the Affordable Care Act Survive?

After three days of oral arguments last week, the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) now lies in the hands of the nine Supreme Court justices. What, if any, provisions of the sweeping health care...more

Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros

The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.  See 2012′s bills on the amendment, HJ 3 and SJ 3.  If these...more

Perry v. Perez

Brief Of Amicus Curiae CATO Institute In Support Of Neither Party

The decennial redrawing of electoral districts consistently produces extensive litigation. The most notable cases this cycle come, as they often have, from Texas. A number of activist groups challenged the Texas legislature's...more

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