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Judge stops blogging but may face discipline

A Nebraska federal judge called a United States Senator a “wacko” and unfit for a bid for the White House in his blog post…which was criticized by a GWU law professor blogger who said the blog post violated the federal...more

CorpCast Episode 7: Better Know a Judge: the Honorable Mary M. Johnston of the Delaware Superior Court [Video]

In our second installment of “Better Know a Judge,” we welcome the Honorable Mary M. Johnston of the Delaware Superior Court in New Castle County. Judge Johnston, who is a member of the Superior Court’s Complex Commercial...more

Free Speech for All . . . Except Judges?

Last month, in one of the most closely-watched cases of the October 2014 Term, the U.S. Supreme Court held that States may prohibit judges and candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds. The...more

Supreme Court Update: Williams-Yulee V. Florida Bar (13-1499), Mach Mining, LLC V. EEOC (13-1019) And Bullard V. Blue Hills Bank...

We're back with several recent decisions: Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar (13-1499), upholding a prohibition on the personal solicitation of campaign donations by judicial candidates; Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC (13-1019),...more

Readers Forum: James Sturdivant: Judicial reform: Let's finish the job and appoint district judge

Fifty years ago, Oklahomans were humiliated by revelations that three state Supreme Court justices had accepted bribes. Former Justices N.S. Corn, Earl Welch and N.B. Johnson served jail time for their criminal...more

SCOTUS Affirms Sanction of Florida Judicial Candidate

On April 29, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed a Florida Supreme Court decision upholding disciplinary sanctions against Lanell Williams-Yulee, a candidate for County Court Judge in Hillsborough County....more

When Does a Judge Refuse an Unopposed Motion to Enter a Consent Decree?

Last week, Judge John Copenhaver refused to allow a motion by the United States to enter a consent decree that would have resolved government claims against DuPont concerning alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, CERCLA,...more

Supreme Court Decides Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. The Court held that the First Amendment permits States to restrict judicial candidates’ speech by prohibiting them from personally soliciting...more

Worth Another Look: Judicial Races

All rise! As you have likely heard, Pennsylvania will hold judicial elections this year. And with vacancies on the Supreme Court, the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court, this could turn out to be an interesting year...more

Justice Anil C. Singh Appointed to New York County Commercial Division

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Justice Anil C. Singh of the New York Supreme Court was appointed to the New York County Commercial Division. Justice Singh succeeds Justice Melvin Schweitzer, who retired last year. According to...more

March 6, 2015 Legislative Update

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. - That’s what we’ve always heard about the month of March in North Carolina. - 1. In like a lion. 2. Madness. 3. Out like a lamb....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Could a 'Court of Chancery' be Coming to Texas?"

Legislation Calls for Appointed Judges to Decide Business Cases - H.B. 1603 has been introduced into the Texas Legislature by Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), proposing a state-wide chancery court system for complex...more

Ontario Judges May Sit on National Class Actions Outside Ontario

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in a split decision, has held that a judge of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, acting as a supervisory judge under a national class action settlement agreement, can participate in a joint...more

Tax Tribunal Issues First Ruling Regarding Scope of Authority of Tax Tribunal Judge

Chief Judge Bill Thompson of the newly-established Alabama Tax Tribunal ("the Tribunal") issued his first, and a key, ruling involving the scope of his authority when the taxpayer, Stone Bridge Farms of Cullman, Alabama, does...more

Stop Asking The Business Court To Overrule An Order Of Another Business Court Judge

I don't know why lawyers keep trying to get Business Court Judges to overrule decisions by one of their predecessors. It is just not going to happen, as illustrated (yet again) by Judge Bledsoe's decision in County of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Public Hearings on Governor’s Tax Reform Proposal Complete - This week, the Appropriations...more

To Remove or Not to Remove in Massachusetts?

I frequently am asked whether a company sued in Massachusetts state court would be better off in federal court. Despite the common perception that defendants in any state are always better off in federal court, there has...more

Federalism and States' Rights -- A Never Ending Battle

Is Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore out of touch with reality? How can a State Supreme Court Judge defy the ruling of a United States District Court? Because he feels he can. Remember Little Rock, Arkansas in 1954 and the...more

Tax Tribunal Issues Critical Ruling Regarding Scope of Judge's Authority

Chief Judge Bill Thompson of the newly-established Alabama Tax Tribunal has issued his first ruling involving the scope of his authority as a judge when the taxpayer did not specifically raise an argument or defense in its...more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

$1 Million Punitive Damages Award in New Jersey Asbestos Case

A $7.5 million verdict was rendered on January 15, 2015, by a Middlesex County jury in the matter of Condon v. Advanced Thermal Hydronics, et al., Docket No.: MID-L-5695-13AS, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division,...more

Immigration Judge Forced to Recuse Herself from Cases Involving Shared Heritage

An Iranian American immigration judge has sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after it issued an official order forcing her to recuse herself from all immigration cases involving Iranian nationals. ...more

Court Of Appeal Reinforces Trial Judge’s “Widest Discretion” When Awarding Costs Under CPR 44

In Coward v Phaestos Ltd & ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1256, 2 October 2014, the defendants were awarded their costs, having obtained significantly more in their counterclaim than that provided for by the claimant’s rejected...more

More Confusion in Wisconsin's Supreme Court?

We wrote earlier this week about the new opinion drafting procedure in Wisconsin’s supreme court. To recap, the state’s justices voted 4-3 earlier this term to impose deadlines on the drafting process, presumably in response...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Puts Some Teeth Into Opinion Drafting Rules

An unusual thing happened earlier this month at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Ramon Gonzalez, an inmate, was tried for a fight in the Milwaukee County Jail. To assist the jury in identifying Gonzalez as a participant in the...more

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