Supreme Court

  • Halliburton decision could be more impactful than it appears

    Aaron Streett, head of the Supreme Court and constitutional law practice at Baker Botts LLP, presented oral arguments for Halliburton during the case, and breaks out the grounds under which plaintiffs initially brought suit against the company.

  • Patent reform on Capitol Hill

    If there was a takeaway for the investors, it was that change doesn't come easy in Washington. But even though case law evolves slowly and comprehensive legislative changes are rare, the good news is that progress seems inevitable.

  • Supreme Court quashes Aereo but leaves room for innovation

    It would appear that many, including the major television networks, would agree with Roberts’ assessment that the Aereo technology, which allows subscribers to view over-the-air TV streams through their devices, was using a bit of legerdemain to skirt existing copyright law.

  • Supreme Court decision invalidates NLRB recess appointments

    The NLRB members were appointed between “pro forma” sessions that took place on Tuesdays and Fridays during the holiday recess of 2012. Despite the fact that the appointments took place during that recess, the fact that sessions were being conducted brought into questions whether or not it was truly a...

  • The Supreme Court's Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision leaves no room for abstract ideas

    The Supreme Court issued an opinion recently on the Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International case that declared claims that are drawn to a patent-ineligible abstract idea are not eligible under Section 101. The court has left room for software patents to validated, but patents that take an...

  • Supreme Court will require warrants for searching smartphones

    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said that the amount of information potentially stored on a smartphone coupled with the access it could give into other aspects of a person’s life made modern smartphones constitutionally protected.

  • Will the Supreme Court krackle for Kirby?

    When Kirby co-created these characters with the likes of Joe Simon and Stan Lee, he was toiling for Marvel (formerly Timely) Comics in a work-for-hire situation. This distinction is at the crux of the legal matter here.

  • Supreme Court files decision in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund

    The case asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling on Basic v. Levinson, a 1988 case that said that investors did not have to show they relied on a misleading statement by the company when filing suit seeking to recover investment losses.

  • SCOTUS sides with whistleblower in retaliation case

    The case in question relates to the lay-off of community college employee Edward Lane in Alabama. Following his testimony in 2006 that a high ranking state official was on the books as an employee for the school but did not actually work there, Lane was fired.

  • Burdick promoted to NLRB deputy assistant GC

    Ruth E. Burdick has been appointed deputy assistant general counsel in the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Enforcement Litigation’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch. The branch litigates cases involving enforcement and review of the NLRB’s orders in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and, working closely with the U.S....

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