Justia Resources and Commentary on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the much-anticipated case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., consolidated with Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell and Autocam Corp. v. Burwell). In a 5-4 opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, the Court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) permits a closely held for-profit corporation to deny its

Sriracha Factory Emitting Noxious Fumes, Lawsuit by City Alleges

The  famously versatile hot sauce Sriracha may be in legal hot water. Its manufacturer, Huy Fong Foods, Inc., is facing a public nuisance lawsuit brought by the town in which its manufacturing facility resides. According to the complaint, odors and irritants from the facility are causing physical harm and discomfort to the residents of the town of Irwindale. The city

Missouri Supreme Court Denies Survivor Benefits to Same-Sex Partner of Deceased Highway Patrol Officer

The Missouri Supreme Court, sitting en banc, issued a decision yesterday that, on its face, seems like a defeat for proponents of same-sex marriage in that state. In Glossip v. Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System, the state’s highest court upheld a state statute that requires a person be married to a highway patrol employee in

The Government Shutdown, or the Government Shut Down?

As I’ve been perusing the news, blogs, and social networks discussing various aspects of the government crisis in which we are currently mired, I have noticed that many people use “shutdown” and “shut down” interchangeably (or use one variation exclusively—to their detriment). I thought I would elucidate readers. “Shutdown” is generally a noun. “The government shutdown affects us in many

EveryMD Sues Facebook Over Messaging Communications Patent

In a recent filing, EveryMD LLC—perhaps best known for its (in)famous lawsuit against Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and approximately four million Facebook business account holders—is suing Facebook for allegedly infringing on its patent on its system for online communication that underlies its model for allowing patients to email doctors directly. According to the complaint, the patent at issue is U.S. Patent

Should Asiana Sue KTVU-TV for Reporting Bogus Pilot Names?

Asiana Airlines announced today that it plans to sue a San Francisco television station for broadcasting incorrect and racially insensitive names of the pilots involved in the airplane crash earlier this month. On Friday, KTVU-TV reported that the names of the pilots of the crash had been released, but the names read (and displayed) were bogus names that were akin

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage, June 26, 2013

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two highly anticipated decisions affecting the rights of gay men and lesbians to marry. Here are some resources to help you understand the two cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) and United States v. Windsor (DOMA). Hollingsworth v. Perry The U.S. Supreme Court (5-4, authored by Chief Justice Roberts) held that the proponents

Why Are There Only Six Jurors in George Zimmerman’s Murder Trial?

The media has been closely following the criminal trial of George Zimmerman, the racially charged trial in which Zimmerman is accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin. Just this week, a jury of six was chosen. For most people, when we think of juries, we think of them as being comprised of twelve people. Indeed, for over 600 years, juries in

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 20, 2013

American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, United States Supreme Court (6/20/13) Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Arbitration & Mediation, Class Action An agreement between American Express and merchants who accept American Express cards, requires that all of their disputes be resolved by arbitration and provides that there “shall be no right or authority for any Claims to be arbitrated on

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 17, 2013

Five 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. Alleyne v. United States, United States Supreme Court (6/17/13) Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Alleyne was convicted using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, 18