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Fifth Circuit Appeals Panel hears Oral Arguments on Immigration Overhaul

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in State of Texas et al. v. USA et al. (15-40238).  The panel is considering whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Obama’s executive actions to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation and to grant them work permits.  Recordings of oral arguments will eventually be posted at the Fifth Circuit’s website.  Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.

Yelp Need Not Disclose Identities of Reviewers

In a closely watched case, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled  that Yelp did not have to disclose the identities of online users accused by a small business owner of posting fraudulent negative reviews about his business.  The case was not decided on constitutional issues, but reversed and remanded a judgment  by the Virginia Court of Appeals on jurisdictional grounds.  Read articles in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s law blog.

EU Initiates Antitrust Proceedings against Google

The European Commission began antitrust proceedings against Google, charging them with abusing its dominance in Internet searches and favoring its own shopping products within search results.  They have also launched an investigation into Google’s conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system and apps and services for smartphones and tablets to see if they have breached EU antitrust rules.  See the press release and fact sheet issued by the European Commission announcing their investigation.  Read articles in the New York Times and the Guardian.  Read “Why Google’s Antitrust Problems are Bigger in Europe” in the Wall Street Journal’s law blog.