This blog by Howard Friedman, professor of law emeritus at the University of Toledo, is the Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Volokh’s “main news source on the law of government and religion, with prompt coverage of foreign and domestic news stories, and prompt links to pretty much all new American court decisions.” Author and blogger Hemant Mehta keeps up with Friedman’s blog as well. “He covers the big cases as well as the small ones that never make it into the mainstream media,” Mehta writes. … [Read more...] about 7th Annual Blawg 100
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Locke had asked Congress to impose an emergency 15 percent increase in patent fees to make up for the shortfall. Instead, Congress promised an extra $100 million if the agency could bring in $100 million more than expected. But when a surprising uptick in patent applications made it seem likely that an extra $100 million in patent fees would be generated for 2010, Congress promptly reneged, leaving the agency’s budget unchanged and the general budget as the landing place for any windfall. … [Read more...] about A Patent on Problems
The opinion involves a Nigerian citizen suspected of bank fraud, in part because he had a “Nigerian-sounding” name. Immigration officers entered his apartment, dodging questions about a warrant, the opinion states. There they searched a briefcase without the man’s consent and found an expired tourist visa. Orhorhaghe v. INS, 38 F.3d 488. … [Read more...] about Illegal Aliens on I.C.E.
John Kenney, chief forensic odontologist for the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner’s office, and the current president of the board of forensic odontology, says that even though West is back in the good graces of the organization, he is not home-free. From now on, every time West goes into court, Kenney says, he will have to acknowledge having once been suspended by his peers. … [Read more...] about Out of the Blue
Occidental denies plotting or paying for the attack. In court documents, Oxy repeatedly insists that if Galvis has any gripe at all, it lies with the Colombian government. Nevertheless, Occidental finds itself a little too close for comfort to the cutting edge of a growing list of lawsuits in U.S. federal courts that accuse multinational corporations of tolerating exploitation of local populations in their overseas operations through torture, murder, rape, slavery, and other abusive human rights and labor practices. Occidental could move to the top of the list as observers on both sides of the litigation expect the U.S. Supreme Court to determine sooner rather than later the extent—if any—of corporate liability under a 1789 law the plaintiffs have used to sue the companies here. … [Read more...] about Foreign Fight