Under the Utah Code, a prosecutor can appeal decisions from a Justice Court Judge to the District Court under certain circumstances.
On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Wynar v. Douglas County School District that a school can discipline a student in response to speech occurring off-campus if it meets the requirements set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court for prohibition of on-campus student speech.
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson (pictured) has announced that he will be departing the Texas Supreme Court effective October 1, 2013. The Texas Lawbook, a Dallas Morning News affiliate, first reported the announcement.
In Hill v. Estate of Willis Nakai (In Re Estate of Hannifin), 2013 UT 46, the Supreme Court justices were split, 3-2, on whether the Probate Code preempts the common law doctrine of equitable adoption.
According to a poll funded by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, 74 percent of Oklahoma voters favor choosing appellate judges in contested elections over a merit selection and retention process, and 69 percent support amending the constitution to make this change.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the so-called “Aereokiller” litigation. The case tests whether services that allow subscribers to stream broadcast television on their computers and mobile devices infringe the exclusive right of copyright owners to publicly perform their copyrighted works.
On August 20, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a whistleblower claim by a former employee of Cardinal Health, Inc., affirming dismissal of the former employee’s complaint, which alleged that Cardinal Health sold hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defective medical equipment, in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA).
The A.P. reported this week that the State of Mississippi is appealing U.S. District Court Dan Jordan’s injunction keeping open the state’s only abortion clinic pending the ongoing litigation over the legality of a state law that would force the clinic to close.