Litigation

 
 
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    Tweet Considered ‘Deadly Weapon’ In Seizure Case

    A Maryland man sent journalist Kurt Eichenwald a tweet containing an animated strobe, knowing that Eichenwald suffers from epilepsy. The tweet included the message, “YOU DESERVE A SEIZURE FOR YOUR POSTS.” The tweet did send Eichenwald into...

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Completed in 1935, the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, is the first to have been built specifically for the purpose, inspiring Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes to remark, “The Republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith.”

The Court was established in 1789 and initially met in New York City. When the national capital moved to Philadelphia, the Court moved with it, before moving to the permanent capital of Washington, DC, in 1800. Congress lent the Court space in the new Capitol building, and it was to change its meeting place several more times over the next century, even convening for a short period in a private house after the British set fire to the Capitol during the War of 1812.

The classical Corinthian architectural style was chosen to harmonize with nearby congressional buildings, and the scale of the massive marble building reflects the significance and dignity of the judiciary as a co-equal, independent branch of government.

The main entrance is on the west side, facing the Capitol. On either side of the main steps are figures sculpted by James Earle Fraser. On the left is the female Contemplation of Justice. On the right is the male Guardian or Authority of Law. On the architrave above the pediment is the motto “Equal Justice under Law.” Capping the entrance is a group representing Liberty Enthroned, guarded by Order and Authority, sculpted by Robert Aitken.

At the west entrance are marble figures sculpted by Hermon A. MacNeil. They represent great law givers Moses, Confucius, and Solon, flanked by Means of Enforcing the Law, Tempering Justice with Mercy, Settlement of Disputes between States, and Maritime and other functions of the Supreme Court. The architrave carries the motto “Justice the Guardian of Liberty.”

The interior of the building is equally filled with symbolic ornamentation. The main corridor is known as the Great Hall and contains double rows of marble columns and busts of all former chief justices. At its east end, oak doors open into the Court Chamber, where the justices preside. Most of the second floor is devoted to office space. The library occupies the third floor and has a collection of more than 450,000 volumes. 

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight Associate Justices. The term of the Court begins on the first Monday in October and lasts for the full year. Approximately 8,000 petitions are filed with the Court each term. A further 1,200 applications of various kinds are filed that can be acted upon by a single justice. 

The Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction except “in all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party” (Constitution, art. III, §2), for which it has original jurisdiction. Congress has also from time to time conferred on the Supreme Court the power to prescribe rules of procedure to be followed by the lower courts.
    SCOTUS Knocks Down Laches In Patent Cases

    In a 7-to-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patent holders may not use the doctrine of laches as a defense to lawsuits filed within the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations. The doctrine of laches...

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    Terracotta Warriors Museum Sues For Infringement

    “An unusual effort by a state institution to assert copyright protection in cultural properties...

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    SCOTUS Upholds Cheerleading Uniform Copyrights

    In a blow that will have ripple effects through the fashion and apparel industry, the Supreme Court this week upheld the copyright of cheerleaders’ uniform designs. In the 6-2 ruling, the Court found that Varsity Brands LLC’s...

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    “Feminist” Boss, Toxic Workplace

    A former employee for Thinx – a company that makes “period underwear” for menstruating women – is suing co-founder Miki Agrawal, claiming she engaged in routine sexual harassment. The complaint, filed with the New York Commission on...

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    Supplier Agreements Should Include Patent Litigation Protection

    By law, anyone who uses patented technology can be an infringer. That use can result in liability even when the technology is buried deep in some process that the alleged infringer knows nothing about, and may not...

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    $10M Kardashian Video Game Suit Settled

    Just Games Interactive has dropped its $10M lawsuit against Kris Jenner, claiming the hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood infringed on work the firm had done. Just Games, doing business as Kung Fu Factory, settled the case with...

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    Compliance And The Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program

    The DOJ Antitrust Division’s leniency program provides benefits to companies that self-report a violation, or a possible violation, of antitrust laws: No criminal fines, no jail time for executives who own up and cooperate, and under some...

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    Was BigLaw Suicide Due To Job Stress or Antidepressant?

    The widow of Stewart Dolin, a Reed Smith partner who in 2010 threw himself in front of a Chicago Transit Authority train, says his suicide was caused by a bad reaction to antidepressant drug Paxil. Wendy Dolin...

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    Insourcing, International Due Diligence And Data-Culling

    In a Q&A, a look at trends in e-discovery and the adoption of e-discovery technologies by both in-house legal departments and law firms.

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