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Ninth Circuit Judge O'Scannlain to assume senior status

Robert Lawson Oct. 24, 2016, 12:09am

SAN FRANCISCO – United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain will assume senior status. 

Uber comes out on top in appeals court decision

Chandra Lye Oct. 14, 2016, 4:30pm

CALIFORNIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has found that Uber’s arbitration agreements with its drivers are legal and binding.

U.S. Department of Justice disallows admission of Iraq Inquiry in civil suit against the former Bush administration

Michelle de Leon Oct. 14, 2016, 1:21pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected the submission of the Chilcot Report, barring the documents from reaching the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit as supplemental evidence in the ongoing case centered on the Iraq War.

Professor agrees with L.A. Times column that 9th Circuit seems more centric

Robert Lawson Oct. 12, 2016, 9:58pm

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Times opinion editorial piece written by Ben Feuer described the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as the court "conservatives love to hate." 

American Small Business League continues fight against the federal government

Dawn Geske Oct. 12, 2016, 12:18pm

PETALUMA – The American Small Business League (ASBL) has filed for an injunction to halt the alleged falsifying of small business contracts by the federal government.

California district court rules exclusions can be enforced in ERISA suit

Robert Lawson Oct. 12, 2016, 12:42am

SAN FRANCISCO—A California District Court has ruled that a discretionary clause within a benefits policy was to be enforced in the case Bain v. United Healthcare Inc.

MetLife's paper reviews by doctors ruled as structural conflict in ERISA case

Robert Lawson Oct. 10, 2016, 1:29am

SAN FRANCISCO — MetLife has been found liable after denying a transition in Daniel Demer's benefits in Demer v. IBM Corporation LTD Plan, which was filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California. 

California Supreme Court to review federal de minimis doctrine

Joe Dyton Oct. 7, 2016, 8:53pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court will give a case based on the established doctrine de minimis on the recommendation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Court maintains 'conversion therapy' ban, saying it does not affect First Amendment

Kerry Goff Oct. 7, 2016, 8:45pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a 2012 law that prohibits licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Court sides with marine mammal advocates in naval sonar lawsuit

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 7, 2016, 10:54pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal agency tasked with granting the U.S. Navy permission to use low-frequency active sonar for training, testing and routine operations in oceans around the world didn’t do enough to protect marine mammals, a panel of judges in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided recently.