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Supreme Court Sends Contraceptive Cases Back to Lower Court

Posted May 18, 2016

In a per curiam opinion , the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a series of contraceptive cases (consolidated under Zubik v. Burwell) back to the lower courts with instructions for further proceedings consistent with the Court’s opinion.  “The Court expresses no view on the merits of the cases.  In particular, the Court does not decide whether petitioners’ religious exercise has been substantially burdened, whether the Government has a compelling interest, or whether the current regulations are the least restrictive means of serving that interest”.  Read the opinion analysis at SCOTUSblog.   Read articles in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Supreme Court Rules in Spokeo Case

Posted May 18, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that the Ninth Circuit’s analysis  was incomplete.  The case involved alleged inaccurate information disseminated by Spokeo, a people search engine.  When Robins learned of these inaccuracies, he filed a complaint on his own behalf and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals.  Justice Alito, writing for the Court, held “the injury-in-fact requirement requires a plaintiff to allege an injury that is both “concrete and particularized….The Ninth Circuit’s analysis focused on the secondary characteristic (particularity), but it overlooked the first (concreteness).  We therefore vacate the decision below and remand for the Ninth Circuit to consider both aspects of the injury-in-fact requirement”.  Read articles in Jurist and Courthouse News Service.

California Governor Signs Tobacco Bills

Posted May 6, 2016

Governor Brown signed five closely watched bills regulating tobacco use and sales in California.  Among them were S.B. X2-7 (raising the smoking age to 21), S.B. X2-5 (regulating e-cigarettes) and A.B. X2-7 (expanding smoke-free workplace laws).  Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times.