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Supreme Court Back in Session

Posted Oct 2, 2015

The Supreme Court granted certiorari to thirteen new cases , including a Ninth Circuit case (MHN Government Services, et al. v. Zaborowski) on whether California’s arbitration-only severability rule is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act.   Read a summary of the new cases in SCOTUSblog and the Wall Street Journal.  The Supreme Court will begin oral arguments  for the 2015 term on October 5th.

Libel Protection Extended to Online News in California

Posted Oct 2, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B.998 which revises the provisions relating to libel in a newspaper to include publications in an electronic format.  The bill states, “it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that weekly and online publications are afforded the same protection under Section 48a of the Civil Code as is afforded to a daily newspaper to the extent that the weekly and online publications perform the same news-disseminating function as a daily newspaper”.  Read articles in the Washington Post and Courthouse News Service.

NCAA Rules Violate Antitrust Laws

Posted Oct 2, 2015

In a highly anticipated ruling , a panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court ruling  from August 2014 involving compensation of student athletes.  The panel agreed that the NCAA schools are receiving “labor for in-kind compensation” from the student athletes.  However, the court ruled that universities need only cover the cost of attendance, but remain prohibited from providing the $5,000 per year deferred compensation indicated by last year’s District Court’s decision.  Read articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post.  See the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals webpage  devoted to this case, with links to court filings.