August 5, 2000 |
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a ruling that had threatened the constitutionality of human rights ordinances throughout the Western United States. At issue in the case is Alaska's civil rights law that, among other things, prohibits landlords from discriminating against unmarried couples.
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July 20, 2007 |
In a stinging ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday for its continued resistance to paying benefits to veterans suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia because of their exposure to Agent Orange. Thursday's 3-0 decision marked the sixth major ruling against the government by the appeals court or a federal trial judge in a case that started in 1986.
December 6, 2008 |
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a death sentence against a Nevada man convicted of killing two young girls a quarter-century ago, because the prosecutor made false statements to scare jurors into believing only execution would keep the killer off the streets. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Nevada authorities to remove Ricky David Sechrest from death row pending possible further appeals and resentencing.
October 8, 1997 |
A federal appellate court struck down California's term limits law Tuesday, using the surprising reasoning that voters didn't realize the 1990 initiative barred legislators for life from seeking their old offices once they were forced out. Term limit defenders vowed to appeal the decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court, which already has an appeal pending before it, could announce as early as Monday whether it will take the California case.
August 18, 2007 |
Cingular Wireless can't compel customers to sign away their right to file class-action lawsuits against the company, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Calling the clause in Cingular's contract "unconscionable," the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco paved the way for a consumer class-action suit to go to trial in Los Angeles.
March 13, 1991 |
A state Court of Appeal refused Tuesday to allow a female ex-student to sue the University of California over her alleged rape by four UC Berkeley football players after a co-ed dormitory party in 1986. The court rejected the former student's novel claim that the university was negligent for, among other things, housing females on the same floor as males--particularly football players, who her attorneys alleged were unusually prone to group sex crimes.
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September 16, 1995
Three San Gabriel Valley residents have been appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Pete Wilson, while a fourth was named an associate justice of the 2nd District Court of Appeal. David S. Milton, 45, of Claremont, assistant chief trial counsel for the State Bar of California, will replace retired Superior Court Judge Burton Bach. Milton served as a Los Angeles County Municipal Court judge from 1987 to 1992 and was previously a deputy district attorney for the county.
April 28, 1992 |
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider limiting the Constitution's protection against "double jeopardy" and possibly overrule a precedent handed down just two years ago. The high court decision, due next year, could free prosecutors to bring new charges against a defendant who has already been punished once for his conduct. The ruling could also help clear up confusion in the law.
June 30, 2007 |
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a preliminary injunction that had prevented National Beverage Corp. from selling its Freek energy drinks, dealing a blow to rival Hansen Natural Corp. of Corona. The court said Hansen's popular Monster energy drinks were distinguishable from the Freek brand and others on the market, and therefore consumer confusion was unlikely. A district court had earlier issued a tentative ruling in favor of Hansen, preventing Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
May 26, 2001 |
Republican Rep. Christopher Cox of Newport Beach asked the White House on Friday to withdraw his name from consideration for nomination to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cox bowed out a day after Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords announced his intention to abandon the GOP, returning control of the Senate to the Democrats. Cox's name was absent from the first round of 11 judicial nominations announced by President Bush earlier this month. His potential nomination came under fire from Sen.