D.C. Circuit Court

355 ABA Journal D.C. Circuit Court articles.

Kavanaugh seems to shun gun registration laws, but may not oppose license training requirements

If appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh could be less hospitable to gun regulation—and more likely to vote in favor of cert grants on gun cases—than the…

Public domain advocate gets appellate win in bid to publish copyrighted standards referenced in laws

A federal appeals court on Tuesday told a federal judge to reconsider whether the fair use doctrine allows a nonprofit to post technical standards created by private industry groups that…

What Brett Kavanaugh’s SeaWorld dissent says about a likely Supreme Court record in labor cases
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s dissent in a case stemming from the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer is being cited as an indication of his pro-business record in labor cases.
ABA amicus: DC Circuit should reject bankruptcy trustee’s claim on ‘unfinished business’ profits
The American Bar Association has filed an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit should reject a bankruptcy trustee’s attempt to capture profits earned by law firms from clients previously served by the now-defunct Howrey law firm.
Eloquent silence teaches lawyers about power of the pause
An appellate prosecutor and a president show how precise timing and use of prolonged silences can enhance presentations and give arguments greater impact.
Kavanaugh is said to be a front-runner to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, is reportedly emerging as one of the front-runners to replace the retiring justice.
DC Circuit orders US to submit information about any attorney-client eavesdropping at Guantanamo

A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to submit classified information about possible attorney-client eavesdropping at Guantanamo Bay.

The appeals court acted in a case filed by two…

Appeals court stymies bid to regulate high cost of prison phone calls
After 14 years of pleas, the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 made a rule capping rates for in-state prison phone calls. But the affected telecommunications companies sued—and in June 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed them a victory. The court said the FCC overstepped its statutory authority when it regulated in-state calls, and that the way it set the rates was “hard to fathom.”
Full DC Circuit upholds structure of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

An en banc federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with protections for its director that allow removal only for cause.


DOJ backs Archdiocese of Washington in suit over Christmas bus ads

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief backing the Archdiocese of Washington in a suit in which it sued the the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for…

Empirical SCOTUS blog sees Brett Kavanaugh as likely SCOTUS nominee
A new judge on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court shortlist could be his next pick for a nomination to the court if Justice Anthony M. Kennedy or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves the court, according to the blog Empirical SCOTUS.
Full DC Circuit reinstates order requiring government to allow teen immigrant to get an abortion
An en banc federal appeals court has reinstated an order requiring the U.S. government to allow an abortion for a 17-year-old immigrant who is being held in a federally funded Texas shelter because she is in the country illegally.
DC Circuit grants time to find sponsor for immigrant teen so abortion can be performed
Updated: A federal appeals court has found a way to allow an abortion for a pregnant teen immigrant who is in the country illegally without ordering the government to take her from federal custody to an abortion provider.
Trump nominates White House lawyer, a former Jones Day partner, to DC Circuit

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the nomination of 16 people to federal judgeships, including the nomination of deputy White House counsel Gregory Katsas to a federal appeals court.


Blackwater guard’s murder conviction tossed; mandatory sentences for three others unconstitutional

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a Blackwater security guard convicted of murder in the slaying of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.

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