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The Supreme Court Will Decide If the US Can Access Anyone’s Data on Earth

“During the appeals court case, Microsoft’s lawyers argued that the US is essentially trying to say that its laws extend across borders” reports vice.com. Microsoft turned over information stored in the US, but refused to retrieve data stored on the Irish servers.The appeals court sided with Microsoft citing the 1986 Stored Communications Act, which protects the privacy of electronic communications.The Justice Department says tech companies like Google and Yahoo have refused to comply with search warrants that concern data stored outside the country.The court is already scheduled to hear a…

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Uber appeals London ban with hearing likely in December

“But beyond the ban in London, Uber has faced further scrutiny over its employment and tax practices” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Uber lodged an appeal with a British court after the ride-hailing app lost its operating license in London, the company said on Friday.The appeal hearing is likely to be on December 11, according to a spokesperson for the U.K. judiciary office. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Microsoft, Starbucks among businesses asking Supreme Court to take gay rights case

“But a federal appeals court in Chicago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, ruled earlier this year that the law covers sexual orientation” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The question in her case is whether a federal law barring workplace discrimination “because of…sex” covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.Most federal appeals courts in the past have ruled that “sex” means biological gender, not sexual orientation. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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FERC appeals court’s ruling in pipeline climate decision

“FERC argues that the court’s decision would unfairly terminate the entire pipeline permit approval over what it considered one flaw in its environmental assessment” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. “Yet the court’s judgment – remand with vacatur – stands as a barrier to compliance,” the commission said, as it appealed the court’s decision Friday.The most important part of FERC’s request is that it does not want the court’s decision to interfere with the construction of the pipeline.FERC said it has complied with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal’s Aug. 22…

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Supreme Court allows Alabama execution to proceed

“The Supreme Court decided Wednesday to allow the execution of an Alabama man, vacating a federal appeals court’s injunction of the execution” writes Ryan Lovelace for washingtonexaminer.com. A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court’s justices ruled that the injunction was not needed and vacated the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ halt of the execution.An 11th Circuit panel halted the execution of Jeffery Lynn Borden, a convicted killer on death row for more than 20 years, so a lower court judge could hold a hearing about Alabama’s three-drug execution method.Borden has…

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America’s worst patent judge gets a scorching lesson from the appeals court

“America’s worst patent judge gets a scorching language lesson from the appeals court Judge Rodney Gilstrap serves the Eastern District of Texas court, the venue from which patent trolls have extorted billions in useless menaces money from US industry; Gilstrap hears 25% of the patent cases brought in the USA, and has a track record for making epically terrible rulings” reports boingboing.net. Thus, § 1400(b) requires that “a defendant has” a “place of business” that is “regular” and “established.” All of these requirements must be present. Source: boingboing.net Share This:

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2nd Circuit asks lower court to reconsider World Trade Center death benefits case

“Since the district court never determined whether a federal law governing damages claims arising out of the 9/11 attacks applied to Dukes’ case, the federal appeals court directed the lower district court to review that too” writes Ryan Lovelace for washingtonexaminer.com. The district court will now decide whether the federal law covers Dukes’ claim involving the New York City pension scheme. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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U.S. appeals WTO ruling that it failed to withdraw Boeing tax break

“GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has appealed a ruling by the World Trade Organization which said it had not withdrawn a tax break for Boeing Co as required, a U.S. filing published by the global trade body showed on Monday” reports businessinsider.com. The U.S. appeal contests elements of a WTO compliance ruling on June 9, which largely cleared the United States of maintaining unfair support for the firm but said it had failed to withdraw a tax break in Washington state. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Appeals court takes foie gras off the menu in California

“They argued successfully in the lower court that state law was superseded by the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act” reports thebusinessjournal.com. (AP) — A federal appeals court reinstated California’s ban on foie gras Friday, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by the federal government’s authority to regulate poultry products.The main question was whether the state was imposing its ban on an ingredient or a process. “It is not the livers that are force-fed, it is…

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Trump appeals court nominee easily advances through committee

“Erickson, a federal district court judge from North Dakota, won bipartisan praise during committee hearings on his nomination to the Midwestern federal appeals court” writes Ryan Lovelace for washingtonexaminer.com. “At the end of the day, I think intellectual honesty requires as a judge just to do the work as best we can [and] not be so wedded to any individual theory that it trumps reason,” Erickson said during July hearings on his nomination. “Kind of my philosophy is you follow the law, follow the law, follow the law right up…

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