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Ninth Circuit Conducts Oral Argument on Proposition 8, Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, by Diana Richmond

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft LLP This Emerging Issues Analysis examines the December 6, 2010 oral argument, heard by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on whether Proposition 8, limiting the right to marry to opposite-sex couples, violates the U.S. Constitution...

The Anna Nicole Smith Case: Bankruptcy Courts Lack Constitutional Authority On Compulsory Counterclaims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A divided U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 affirmed a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that a bankruptcy court lacks the constitutional authority to enter final judgment on compulsory counterclaims to proofs of claim in bankruptcy proceedings ( Howard K. Stern...

Does Mistaken Use of Handgun Instead of Taser Constitute Excessive Force?

Police responded to loud music complaints at a residence, and at the scene, the arrestee was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car. The arrestee fell asleep, but when he awoke, he started screaming and kicking the rear car door. One of the police officers opened the door, pulled out her weapon...

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Ruinous Forestry Ruling

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation with decades of experience in environmental and forestry issues on March 20 celebrated a near-unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States reversing a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court...

Supreme Court Finds No Standing To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Proponents of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal a ruling finding the ballot initiative unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 26 in a 5-4 ruling ( Dennis Hollingsworth, et al. v. Kristin M. Perry, et...