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Argument: October 10, 2018 Petitioners’ Brief: Air and Liquid Systems and Ingersoll Rand Respondents’ Brief: Devries and McAfee Court Below: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Shipper of navy engine parts seeks to escape liability: the asbestos was added later! The widows of two navy shipmen sued for products liability. Their husbands worked on navy ships during years when asbestos insulation was used on the ships. When asbestos insulation is removed, particles of the dangerous product…
Decision: September 26, 2018 From the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Will an appeals court’s bold move to support a Louisiana abortion regulation end up in the Supreme Court? The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans just left alone a Louisiana law that is substantially similar to one the Supreme Court already ruled invalid out of Texas. The difference, the court said: the effect of the law in Louisiana is different. The LA…
Argument: October 3, 2018 Petitioner Brief: Knick Respondent Brief: Township of Scott Court below: 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals A Pennsylvania landowner fights to stay in federal court as she tries to keep the public off of her property. In 2012, the Township of Scott, PA passed an ordinance saying that all cemeteries, public or private, big or small, must be kept open to the public. Soon after that, town officials took the liberty of…
Argument: October 9, 2018 Petitioner Brief: United States Respondent Brief: Stitt Respondent Brief: Sims Courts below: 6th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals Supreme Court will address bizarre consequences from a law designed to punish armed career criminals The Armed Career Criminals Act was passed in 1984 after Congress recognized that a large portion of violent crimes were committed by a small percentage of repeat offenders. The law created a severe punishment (15 year minimum)…
Argument: October 2, 2018 Petitioner Brief: Madison Respondent Brief: Alabama Court below: The Circuit Court of Mobile County Alabama Can the death row inmate be executed if he suffers from dementia and can’t remember committing the murder? Vernon Madison was sentenced to death for shooting and killing a police officer from close range. The murder was over 30 years ago. During Madison’s time on death row, he has suffered several strokes and has now been…
Argument: October 1, 2018 Petitioner Brief: Weyerhaeuser Company Respondent Brief: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Court below: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals A “Critical Habitat” designation has a timber harvester asking the High Court for help. Weyerhaeuser Company owns a piece of a land parcel called “Unit 1” in Louisiana. And possibly more importantly, Weyerhaeuser has a deal with the rest of the owners of the Unit 1 that Weyerhaeuser can harvest timber from the property…
Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump earlier this year to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  This infographic tells Kavanaugh’s story. As we outline his career and judicial decisions, we illustrate how they correspond with “conservative” views by bringing in the findings of a set of surveys. “Conservative” influence From the time Kavanaugh was in law school, he became associated with organizations considered conservative. His mentor at Yale Law was George Priest, who…
America’s story of workers’ rights and contrasting views of liberty In American history, public opinion has gone both ways on the question of how best to encourage liberty for individuals and for businesses. Today, the issue as it relates to labor regulation is a major one that divides our country. This report takes a look at the labor issues in American history, from the issues that brought about the first labor unions, to today, somewhere…
This infographic will help you follow a lawsuit like a pro. This infographic kicks off our Stuff Lawyers Know series. It’s easy to get confused by the various filings in a lawsuit. From the filing that starts the case, to the ones that can end it. This infographic and report takes you through the major stages and filings of a lawsuit. First, a qualification. This process generally applies to federal civil lawsuits. State courts often…
Has Governor Cuomo’s issue with the NRA grown into First Amendment violations? The NRA and Governor Cuomo are not friends. Cuomo consistently has been an outspoken critic of the NRA, especially since gun-related tragedies have become an epidemic in our country. The NRA claims it’s all a political game for Cuomo.  View the full infographic. Whether it’s just politics or more… If Cuomo were playing politics, that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem. But it’s when…