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Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927: Petitioner SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag (“SCA”) brought a...more

Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

Supreme Court Update: Gloucester County School Board V. G.G. (16-273), Peña-Rodriguez V. Colorado (15-606), And Beckles V. United...

The Court kicked off the week with a flurry of activity in criminal cases, issuing a landmark Sixth Amendment ruling, another decision closing the door on vagueness challenges to the Sentencing Guidelines, a per curiam...more

Lawyer’s Pants Literally Catch on Fire and Alexa to “Testify”: eDiscovery Trends

OK, this first story isn’t exactly an eDiscovery story, but it’s too good to pass up… Here’s a question for you: Would you believe what a lawyer was telling you during closing arguments if his pants were, literally, on fire?...more

Beckles v. United States: Supreme Court holds that sentencing guidelines may not be challenged on vagueness grounds

In a unanimous (7-0) decision, Beckles v. the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday that defendants cannot challenge the sentencing guidelines on vagueness grounds because the guidelines, unlike statutes, are...more

Criminal Defendants Have a Constitutional Right to Introduce Evidence of Clear Racial Bias in Jury Room After Guilty Verdict

The no-impeachment rule is that once a jury’s verdict has been entered, it cannot generally be called into question based on the comments or conclusions during jury deliberations. In Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, the U.S....more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases yesterday: Rippo v. Baker, No. 16-6316: Petitioner Michael Damon Rippo moved to disqualify the Nevada state judge who presided over his criminal...more

Supreme Court Update: Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp. (14-1538), Fry V. Napoleon Community Schools (15-497), Buck V....

Greetings, Court Fans! Last time we hit your inboxes, Barack Obama was President. To call the ensuing month eventful is something of an understatement. We've seen a primetime Supreme Court nomination, a flood of...more

Odor of Marijuana Grounds for Vehicle Search

In Robinson, et. al. v State, Nos. 37, 39, & 46, September Term, 2016, decided January 20, 2017 (Watts, J.), the Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”) held that a law enforcement officer...more

Second Circuit Rules That Defendant Who Pleads Guilty Mid-Trial May Testify as Cooperating Witness Against Former Co-Defendants

On Wednesday, February 15, the Second Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Barret, No. 12-4663(L) (Pooler, Hall, Carney), addressing an issue of first impression in the Circuit—whether testimony of a former...more

"Inside the Courts: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2017 / Volume 9 / Issue 1"

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 9, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

To Obtain Data Abroad, Government Just Googles It

As technology companies expand globally they increasingly are storing customer electronic data in servers outside the United States. To keep apace, the Justice Department has become more creative in adapting existing legal...more

Does Facebook Have the Right to Challenge Search Warrants Seeking Facebook Users’ Data? New York’s Highest Court Hears Argument

Facebook is the latest social media giant to push back on law enforcement efforts to seek user information. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case focusing on whether Facebook has the...more

"2016-17 Supreme Court Update"

In a season of political surprises, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court has stirred no controversy with its decisions so far this term. The handful of opinions the Court released in the fall were unanimous and, for the most...more

US Supreme Court Holds That Qualified Immunity Bars 4th Amendment Claim in Deadly Police Force Case

The United States Supreme Court recently held that an officer’s use of deadly force by shooting an armed individual before issuing a verbal warning did not violate a clearly established Fourth Amendment right, and therefore,...more

The Parole "Merry-Go-Round" - The Prejudicial Procedural Delay in Parole Appeals

"Merry-Go-Round" Delay by Remand to the Full Board from a Successful Appeal and Reversal of a Board Panel Denial of Parole - In Acoli v. New Jersey State Parole Board, 224 N.J. 213 (2016) the New Jersey Supreme Court...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing in Microsoft Case

Back in December 2013, a U.S. magistrate issued a seemingly routine warrant in a narcotics case demanding that Microsoft turn over messages from a customer’s email account that resided on a server in Ireland. That warrant,...more

Supreme Court Update: Lightfoot V. Cendant Mortgage Corp. (14-1055)

Greetings, Court Fans! For those of you who spent the last six months (since cert was granted in Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp. (No. 14-1055)) just dying to know whether the sue-and-be-sued clause in Fannie Mae's...more

Supreme Court Update: White V. Pauly (16-67)

Greetings, Court Fans! And Happy New Year! Yes, most of us kicked off 2017 over a week ago, but The Eight reassembled for the new (calendar) year yesterday, and rang it in with a summary reversal. We'll cover that...more

Shepherding in a New Era in Section 11(b) Rights

In R v Jones and Schmidt, 2016 ONSC 7388, a November decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court found that unreasonable delays in bringing the case to trial were mostly attributable to the prosecution and,...more

Closing the Courtroom? Second Circuit Reluctantly Approves, Reminds Lower Courts to Create a Clear Record

In Moss v. Colvin, 15-2272, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Wesley, Carney) issued a per curiam decision affirming the denial by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Crotty, J.) of the petitioner’s...more

DeCoster Rehearing Denied—Food and Beverage Company Executives Face Risks of Prosecution as Responsible Corporate Officers

A recent Eighth Circuit decision that two corporate officers must serve jail time for failing to prevent the distribution of contaminated eggs despite the fact that they did not know the eggs were infected reaffirms...more

Court Affirms Filing of Section 851 Prior Felony Information

In United States v. Strong, No. 15-2992, the Court (Kearse, Lohier, and Droney) affirmed Strong’s conviction in a brief, per curiam opinion. Strong was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to...more

Who’s Responsible for Policing Fake News?

For many of us, gone are the days of reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Instead, the majority of U.S. adults now obtain their news via social media. We’ve grown accustomed to having information at our...more

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