U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit News

Photographers denied rehearing of copyright infringement by real estate listing service

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 13, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied a request for a rehearing from two photographers who lost their copyright infringement claim against a real estate listing service.

Concealed carry ban on school grounds ruled constitutional

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 13, 2018

A group of concealed firearm permit holders and gun rights organizations lost an appeal on Aug. 3 over their opposition to a recent amendment of California’s 1994 Gun-Free School Zone Act.

Appeals court upholds ban of tribe's online casino

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 12, 2018

Judge Carlos Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California wrote in his opinion that the act of placing a bet in the virtual casino while in the state of California was not protected under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Ruling on Trump's sanctuary city executive order premature, dissenting judge says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 9, 2018

An August ruling declaring President Donald Trump's executive order withholding money from sanctuary cities unconstitutional was too hasty, a dissenting federal judge wrote in an opinion.

Appeals court closes book on ownership dispute regarding two paintings stolen by Nazis in World War II

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

A decades-long suit filed by the descendant of a Dutch art gallery owner claiming the descendant is the rightful owner of two Renaissance paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War II recently ended with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the Dutch government had transferred ownership of the paintings as a sovereign act.

Ninth Circuit agrees Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office violated court orders

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 7, 2018

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) withheld evidence and manipulated investigations in a lawsuit over racial profiling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.

Ninth Circuit reverses judgment in favor of YouTube creator in trademark infringement suit

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed the district court ruling in a trademark infringement suit against Papyrus-Recycled Greetings and Drape Creative filed by a narrator of a popular YouTube video.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of suit challenging California labor code amendment

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 2, 2018

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruling dismissing a contractor’s complaint challenging an amendment to the California labor code that permits employers to take a wage-credit only with employee consent, ruling that the bill does not infringe upon the plaintiff’s 1st Amendment Rights.

San Jose police officers do not have immunity in lawsuit over Trump rally violence, appellate court rules

By Gabriel Neves | Jul 31, 2018

A group of San Jose police officers lost an appeal on July 27 in a case involving an attack on attendees of a Donald Trump rally in the city.

Northern California golf caddies lose appeal on antitrust case

By Gabriel Neves | Jul 29, 2018

The golf caddies had claimed that the PGA Tour should not be able to force them to wear bibs with advertisements, worth $50 million annually

Court denies request by President Trump and government agencies to dismiss environmental lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 28, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the U.S. government’s second petition to drop an environmental lawsuit brought by Earth Guardians and Future Generations.

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of Southwest Airlines discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | Jul 24, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a discrimination case against Southwest Airlines on July 23.

Judge: California health care department exempt from dormant Commerce Clause

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has reversed a district court's decision in a lawsuit brought by hospitals outside but near the California border against the state Department of Health Care Services.

Appeals court affirms Fish and Wildlife Service lawfully ended otter program

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 30, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit held March 1 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authority to stop the southern sea otter relocation program authorized by Public Law 99-625.

Court upholds ruling in favor of Department of Health Care in private ambulance compensation case

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has upheld a district court’s ruling in favor of the director of the California Department of Health Care Services in a lawsuit brought by private ambulance companies over compensation.

Appeals court upholds ruling to dismiss copyright suit against Nike

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a decision to dismiss a photographer’s copyright infringement allegations against Nike Inc.

Appeals court rules FCC regulatory order 'does not rob' FTC authority to pursue case against AT&T

By Karen Kidd | Mar 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court recently uphelp the Federal Trade Commission's regulatory authority over large Internet service providers and allowed the commission to move ahead in its case against AT&T for allegedly throttling the data speeds of millions of unlimited data plan customers.

Ninth Circuit gearing up to rehear San Francisco soda warning label case

By Karen Kidd | Mar 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court is preparing to give San Francisco another shot at enforcing its ordinance requiring large warning labels in sugary drink advertisements. The ordinance is opposed by beverage retailers who allege it violates their First Amendment rights to free speech.

Ninth Circuit panel backs Union Pacific in right of way case

By Erianne Leatherman | Feb 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reinstated counterclaims by Union Pacific Railroad on Feb. 7 centered on its leasing of land under 1,800 miles of its right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline LP to build a petroleum pipeline.

NBA's Rose asks court for sanctions against accuser

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Near the end of 2016, then New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose was found not guilty of rape in a case brought against him by an unnamed woman. The case was widely covered, including in Sports Illustrated, as a landmark example of sports-related litigation of its kind.

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