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Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. FCC, et al, U.S. D.C. Cir. (5/28/13) Communications Law Tennis Channel, a sports programming network and intervenor in this suit, filed a complaint against Comcast Cable, a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), alleging that Comcast violated section 616 of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 536(a)(3), and the Commission’s regulations by refusing to broadcast

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued May 28, 2013

Two opinions came down today from the United States Supreme Court. Read the summaries below and read the full text of the opinions at Justia’s U.S. Supreme Court Center. McQuiggin v. Perkins, United States Supreme Court (5/28/13) Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Henderson was stabbed to death after leaving a party with Perkins and Jones. Perkins was charged with

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Metrish v. Lancaster, United States Supreme Court (5/20/13) Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law In 1993, Lancaster, a former police officer with a long history of severe mental-health problems, killed his girlfriend. At his jury trial in Michigan state court, Lancaster asserted a defense of diminished capacity. Under then-prevailing Michigan Court of Appeals precedent, the diminished-capacity defense permitted a legally

You Reap What You Patent – Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks

Bowman v. Monsanto, United States Supreme Court (5/13/13) Agriculture Law, Patents Monsanto invented and patented Roundup Ready soybean seeds, which contain a genetic alteration that allows them to survive exposure to the herbicide glyphosate. It sells the seeds subject to a licensing agreement that permits farmers to plant the purchased seed in only one growing season. Growers may consume or

Four States and D.C. Take Action On Transgender Inclusive Health Insurance

This year has seen some definitive advances in how certain states address the issue of insurance discrimination against transgender people. California, Colorado, Oregon, and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia, have issued bulletins that clarify their state laws to prohibit discrimination against transgender people for health services deemed medically necessary. Some states, such as California, also outline an appeals

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued May 13, 2013

Sign Up to Receive FREE Supreme Court Summaries by Email Bowman v. Monsanto Co. Agriculture Law, Patents Monsanto invented and patented Roundup Ready soybean seeds, which contain a genetic alteration that allows them to survive exposure to the herbicide glyphosate. It sells the seeds subject to a licensing agreement that permits farmers to plant the purchased seed in only one

Solidarity Forever – Justia’s Weekly Writers’ Picks

Bailey v. Callaghan, US 6th Cir. (5/9/13) Communications Law, Constitutional Law, Education Law, Labor & Employment Law Michigan’s 2012 Public Act 53 provides: “A public school employer’s use of public school resources to assist a labor organization in collecting dues or service fees from wages of public school employees is a prohibited contribution to the administration of a labor organization,”

Ripple in Still Water – Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks

United States v. Tebeau, US 8th Cir. (4/30/12) Criminal Law Defendant owned more than 300 acres of land where he has held weekend music festivals at which drug use was widespread. Defendant invited various bands to perform at the festivals and he also performed with his own Grateful Dead tribute band. After law enforcement conducted an undercover investigation into the