Clarence Thomas’s Legal Time Machine Zooms to 1789

Bloomberg; June 17, 2013 Don’t let the U.S. Supreme Court’s very contemporary cases on gene patenting and same-sex marriage fool you: At least one justice is still living in the 18th century and doesn’t care who knows it. Justice Clarence … Continue reading

Bank of America Paid Bonuses to Foreclose: Lawsuit

CNBC; June 17, 2013 Bank of America routinely denied qualified borrowers a chance to modify their loans to more affordable terms and paid cash bonuses to bank staffers for pushing homeowners into foreclosure, according to affidavits filed last week in … Continue reading

NCAA May Seek to Recover Legal Fees in O’Bannon Case

USA Today; June 14, 2013 If the NCAA prevails in an lawsuit pertaining to the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses, it could take what it says is an usual step in anti-trust cases: It may try to recover … Continue reading

Analysts Can’t Eavesdrop on Domestic Calls without ‘Proper Legal Authorization’

Politico; June 16, 2013 The director of national intelligence pushed back on assertions that the National Security Agency can listen in on domestic U.S. phone calls based solely on an analyst’s decision. “The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop … Continue reading

Petraeus Scandal Figure Sues FBI, Pentagon over Alleged Leaks

Thomson Reuters; June 4, 2013 A Tampa woman whose name surfaced in the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair has sued the FBI, Defense Department and unidentified government officials alleging they defamed her and violated her rights. … Continue reading

Lawyers Push for Federal Rule Exception to Save Girl

ABC News; June 4, 2013 Lawyers for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who has been denied a lung transplant because of a controversial federal policy, say Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to review the policy — but not in … Continue reading

Straight-A Student Loses Legal Fight to Walk At High School Graduation

ABC News; June 3, 2013 A straight-A student at the top of her class has lost her legal battle to walk at her high school graduation after she was barred from the ceremony because she was allegedly drinking alcohol at … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing Faces Ethical, Legal Risks

ZDNet; June 4, 2013 SINGAPORE–As crowdsourcing gains traction, risks also will emerge from companies that exploit the public for their own benefit and questions remain over which is the rightful owner of the resulting intellectual property (IP). Sean Moffitt, managing … Continue reading

U.S. Says Actions of WikiLeaks Soldier Show ‘Arrogance’

Thomson Reuters; June 3, 2013 U.S. military prosecutors said arrogance drove the American soldier who went on trial on Monday accused of orchestrating the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history through the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website three years ago. … Continue reading

When an Extended Home Warranty Extends Nothing but Frustration

Lawyersandsettlements.com; June 3, 2013 Lakewood Ranch, FL: The home warranty is, in some respects and in certain contexts, somewhat of an oxymoron. A builder’s warranty, which is usually in force for the first five years of life for a new … Continue reading