Reviewing 5 of September's top stories

Colorado shooting victims file suit, Arizona’s immigration law causes controversy and three more continuing cases in the news

Ruling Reviewed

As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, the fallout from its last session continues. In June, the court handed down a much-anticipated decision in Arizona et al v. U.S., when it struck down much of the state’s controversial immigration law, including provisions that would have required legal immigrants to carry registration documents, prevented illegal immigrants from seeking or holding employment in the state and given state and local police the power to arrest anyone who they suspected of committing a deportable offense. The court upheld the so-called “show me your papers” section of the law, which requires police to verify the immigration status of people they stop.

Shoe Scuffle

Christian Louboutin is no longer seeing red, after a 2nd Circuit ruling gave trademark protection to the his signature heels. The Paris-based shoe designer sued rival fashion house Yves Saint Laurent America (YSL) last April, claiming that the latter’s all-red shoes infringed on Louboutin’s own high heels, which feature characteristic red soles.

Theater Tragedy

As more court documents in the Colorado theater shooting case were released to the public Friday, additional lawsuits from shooting victims are beginning to wend their way through the courts. On July 20, suspect James Holmes allegedly opened fire during the midnight premiere of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” at a Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo. The attack left 12 people dead and 58 others injured.

Meat Malice

One South Dakota meat processor who reportedly lost millions in the wake of this spring’s “pink slime” controversy is taking its beef with ABC News to court. In May the news network aired a series of reports on “pink slime,” also known as “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB). The product is made of beef scraps that are treated with ammonium hydroxide during processing and then used as meat filler. ABC identified the product as a “cheaper filler” that was “once only used in dog food and cooking oil.”

Bias Battle

One battle has ended in a racial discrimination suit against Merrill Lynch, but the war continues.  A 7th Circuit judge rejected a racial bias suit brought by a group of black financial advisors who accused their employer of doling out higher bonuses to white employees.

Alanna Byrne

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