Within hours after the justices announced that they would hear his unique case, attorneys at some of the nation's most prestigious law firms began pitching their services to Steve Levin, offering to represent him for free.
The law governing unpaid interns has become so murky that even a victorious party in a current case is hoping an appeals court will weigh in to clarify it.
The ruling was widely considered a victory for the FTC, but will also serve to keep alive private lawsuits brought in the wake of government investigations.
REAL PROPERTY - Caciopoli v. Lebowitz
OPINION - Defendant mistakenly removed trees that were on plaintiff’s property, reducing privacy and value of home. Damages of $150,000. per common law were not limited by Connecticut general statutes § 52–560. (Conn.)
HABEAS CORPUS - Portillo v. Bharara
SUMMARY ORDER - Even though habeas corpus petitioner was detained in Guatamala at the request of U.S. authorities, who wished to extradite him, he was not in U.S. custody and his habeas petition was properly dismissed. (2d Cir.)
ANIMALS - Sloan v. Sloan
COMPLAINT - Defendant asked plaintiff to assist in trimming of defendant’s donkey’s hooves. Complaint alleges that, without provocation, the donkey suddenly attacked plaintiff, biting and injuring his finger. (Ill.Cir.Ct.)
CRIMINAL LAW – Salinas v. Tex.
OPINION – Salinas answered police officers’ questions about a murder, but fell silent when asked if ballistics would show his gun to be the murder weapon. Prosecutors used his silence on this question to convict him. Salinas argued this violated the Fifth Amendment, but the Supreme Court, 5-4, held that it did not. DISSENT: No ritualistic action need be taken to invoke the Fifth Amendment privilege. (U.S.)
COPYRIGHT - Good Morning to You Prod. Corp. v. Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
COMPLAINT - In preparation for documentary movie, putative class action plaintiff seeks determination that defendant’s claim of copyright to song “Happy Birthday to You” is invalid. (S.D.N.Y.)
Google asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow it to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests it receives separately from criminal requests.
Attorneys for Army Private First Class Bradley Manning argued that Twitter postings offered by prosecutors do not meet the court-martial's standards for evidence.
A financial advisory unit of Deloitte LLP has agreed to pay $10 million and accept other New York state penalties to settle accusations of misconduct related to an investigation of money laundering at Standard Chartered Bank.
The state’s highest court said that cigarettes’ addictive qualities do not give makers “special protection” from product liability claims, a move that could make the state a hotbed for plaintiffs.
The most pressing demand for Cliff Sloan, who has deep legal skills but little foreign policy experience, will be to serve as the lead negotiator for the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees abroad.
The award, plus interest, resulted from the suit accusing the defense company of manipulating costs to win Air Force jet engine contracts in the 1980s.
Eunice Huthart is accusing News Corp's British newspapers of hacking her phone, the first such lawsuit in the United States since a hacking scandal broke two years ago.
Pension fund City of Birmingham Retirement and Relief System has been named as the lead representative party, who will act on behalf of other co-litigants in directing the lawsuit, according to a court order.
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