10 Shocking Cases That Will Change Your Understanding of American History

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. In his proclamation, President Obama cited the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and acknowledged the difficulties that members of this community have faced both historically and in the present. Let’s take a short trip through our nation’s case law to look at some of these difficulties. Your lessons in school

Who Let the Dogs Out? Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks May 30, 2014

Robinson v. Legro, Colorado Supreme Court (5/27/14) Injury Law A bicyclist was attacked by two ranch dogs herding sheep while participating in a mountain bike race. The cyclist and dogs were on federally owned land on which the attack took place, subject to a sheep grazing permit and a recreational use permit. The cyclist sustained serious injuries during the attack.

Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks – May 23, 2014

Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., US Supreme Court (5/19/14) Civil Procedure, Copyright, Entertainment & Sports Law The Copyright Act protects works published before 1978 for 28 years, renewable for up to 67 years, 17 U.S.C. 304(a). An author’s heirs inherit renewal rights. If an author who has assigned rights dies before the renewal period the assignee may continue to use the

Never Can Say Goodbye: Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks May 16, 2014

Bain, et al. v. MJJ Productions, Inc., et al., US DC Cir. (05/13/14) Civil Procedure Raymone Bain and her firm filed suit against Michael Jackson and his production company, MJJ Productions, Inc., claiming to be owed substantial sums for various services rendered. Defendants moved to dismiss, relying principally on a December 2007 release agreement where Bain broadly relinquished any claims

EME Homer and the Problem with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Electronic Publishing

By now, you’ve all read that Justice Antonin Scalia made a series of mistakes in the dissenting opinion of EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P. The Supreme Court issued a corrected version of the opinion on its website. For more on the story, read the coverage in the WSJ Law Blog, the Volokh Conspiracy, or SCOTUSBlog. They’ll give you

Let Us Pray: Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks – May 9, 2014

Town of Greece v. Galloway, United States Supreme Court (5/5/14) Constitutional Law, Government & Administrative Law Since 1999, Greece, New York has opened monthly town board meetings with a roll call, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and a prayer by a local clergy member. While the prayer program is open to all creeds, nearly all local congregations are Christian.

Justia Serves as a Lambda Legal Gold Sponsor, Sends Representatives to San Francisco Soirée

Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest legal organization in the United States committed to achieving full civil equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as those living with HIV. It is a nonprofit organization that aims to achieve positive change within these diverse communities through means such as impact litigation, education, and public policy advocacy.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks – May 2, 2014

Envtl. Prot. Agency v. EME Homer City Generation, L. P., United States Supreme Court (4/29/14) Environmental Law, Government & Administrative Law The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for pollutants at levels that will protect public health, 42 U.S.C. 7408. Once EPA establishes NAAQS, it designates “nonattainment” areas; each state must submit a State Implementation