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Federal anti-SLAPP Statute Proposed in Congress

With the District of Columbia Circuit holding that the DC anti-SLAPP act does not apply in federal court, and at least four judges in the Ninth Circuit concluding that Circuit erred in applying state anti-SLAPP statutes in...more

Litigation Alert For Businesses With Tennessee Operations

On March 9, 2015, a Tennessee trial court struck down Tennessee's statutory limitation on the amount of non-economic damages recoverable in personal injury cases. The court held that the legislature's attempt to limit...more

Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society [Video]

In the United States, there is only one time (apart from military draft in wartime) when our government can demand that we go somewhere and do something at a specific time and place. That is when we are called to jury duty....more

Appellate Court Affirms Anti-SLAPP Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit by Political Candidate

On October 30, in Goral v. Kulys, the Illinois First District Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of a defamation suit pursuant to the Illinois Citizen Participation Act, 735 ILCS 110/1 et seq. (the “Act”). The Goral decision...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

Beware the Clumsy Retraction, and Other Lessons from Idaho

A recent Idaho state court opinion ordering an Idaho newspaper to unmask the identity of an anyomous commenter on the newspaper's website demonstrates, among other things, the pitfalls that come with a clumsily worded...more

Political Question Doctrine Requires Dismissal of Wrongful Death Suit Against Government Contractor in Iraq

Earlier this month, in a lengthy and well reasoned opinion, a federal trial court relied on the Political Question Doctrine in dismissing a wrongful death action against a military contractor. In Harris v. Kellogg, Brown &...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

Don Draper: Modern-Day Criminal?

This blogger will be the first to admit that I may have a slight television addiction. I’m routinely behind in my DVR watching (at least we’ve moved beyond the dark ages of the late 1990s when I had to record my...more

Political Ad Content---When Do You Need to Worry?

Political speech has been called the "life-breath of democracy" by the US Supreme Court and receives very strong First Amendment protection.  For that reason, the FCC has said that it will "not...more

Illinois Supreme Court Sets Civil Argument Schedule for September

In This Issue: This afternoon the Illinois Supreme Court published its Oral Argument Calendar for the September term, and the Court will hear oral argument in ten civil cases. The cases, with the issue or issues...more

Chief Justice Ronald M. George: The Most Notable Opinions

For the final day of our profile of retiring California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, we offer our own subjective list of the Chief Justice’s most notable opinions. If anyone has a nomination for a favorite case that...more

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