For net neutrality regulations, the third time’s the charm

Jun 15, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

In yesterday’s ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s net neutrality regulations, after the same judge had twice struck down similar regulations.

Today in 1952: SCOTUS invalidates President Truman’s seizure of steel mills

Jun 2, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 2, 1952, the Supreme Court held in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer that President Truman’s seizure of the nation’s steel mills exceed his constitutional authority.

What’s ESI? Figuring out the nitty-gritty of electronically-stored information

May 27, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

The mountains of personal data to which today’s lawyers have access – not to mention the ease with which it can be accessed – would leave those from a generation ago flabbergasted.

Today in 1986: SCOTUS upholds aerial surveillance by police

May 19, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Thanks to California v. Ciraolo, the question of whether surveillance by police UAVs is constitutional has already been answered – and in the affirmative.

Today in 1980: SCOTUS rules on definition of “interrogation” in Miranda context

May 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 12, 1980, the Supreme Court decided Rhode Island v. Innis, in which the Court addressed the question of what exactly constitutes police interrogation for the purposes of the Miranda warning.

Starbucks sued for putting too much ice in its cold drinks

May 2, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Starbucks is being sued for allegedly failing to provide its customers with the amount of “fluid ounces” of a particular drink advertised on its menu because of the addition of ice.

“Magic” card game “judges” sue for lost wages; claim to be employees

Apr 22, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

A group of “judges” for Wizards of the Coast’s collectible card game “Magic: the Gathering” are suing the company for lost wages, claiming to be employees of Wizards.

Today in 2009: Arizona v. Gant is decided

Apr 21, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seven years ago today, Justice Scalia stood apart from his conservative peers yet again on Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues in Arizona v. Gant.

Today in 1873: The Slaughter-House Cases are decided

Apr 14, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 14, 1873, the Supreme Court decided the Slaughter-House Cases, effectively nullifying the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause.

Today in 2003: The Supreme Court finds cross-burning to be constitutionally-protected “speech”

Apr 7, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Virginia v. Black, decided 13 years ago today, on April 7, 2003, held that cross-burning, without an intent to intimidate, is constitutionally-protected speech under the First Amendment.

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