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A Liberal Shift in the Fourth Circuit?

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has long held the distinction as one of the most - if not the most - conservative of the federal courts of appeals. It has been described variously as ‘‘the boldest conservative court in...more

Weekly Update from the State House - February 7, 2014 -- In an historic election for the State's top judgeship, Chief Justice Jean...

Details from Each Chamber: South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Election - In an historic election for the State's top judgeship, Chief Justice Jean Toal defeated Associate Justice Costa Pleicones by a...more

Justice Saliann Scarpulla Appointed to New York County Commercial Division

Effective today, Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Supreme Court has been appointed to the New York County Commercial Division. Justice Scarpulla succeeds Justice Barbara Kapnick, who was appointed to the Appellate...more

What We Can Learn From Illinois' Kilbride Court

On Friday, Oct. 25, Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride ended a three-year term as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, resuming his seat as an associate justice. The following Monday marked the installation of new Chief...more

ITC Section 337 Update – September 30, 2013

Lord Named New Administrative Law Judge At U.S. International Trade Commission – On September 23, 2013, the Commission issued a News Release announcing that Judge Sandra (Dee) Lord has joined the U.S. International Trade...more

What’s in the Pipeline for Judicial Vacancies?

We continue to follow the important changes underway behind the bench at the Federal Circuit and in several district courts where a significant number of patent infringement cases are pending. On September 24, the Senate...more

It's Official: Justice Rita B. Garman is Next Chief Justice

As expected, the Illinois Supreme Court has just announced that Justice Rita B. Garman will become Chief Justice on October 26, 2013. The incoming Chief Justice’s term will run until October 25, 2016. Justice Garman was...more

What’s in the Pipeline for Judicial Vacancies? – August 2 Update

We continue to follow the important changes underway behind the bench at the Federal Circuit and in several district courts where a significant number of patent infringement cases are pending. ...more

The West Virginia Business Court Division - An Update

On September 25, 2012, Spilman Thomas & Battle released an article discussing the key features of the new West Virginia Business Court Division (“BCD”). Since the date of that release, there have been multiple...more

Obama's SCOTUS Shortlist [Video]

(Bloomberg Law) -- An aging U.S. Supreme Court has observers wondering: which justice will step down next? Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy -- both appointed by Ronald Reagan -- are 76. If either retires, President Obama...more

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