August 28, 2013 |
Just days after a U.S. appeals court ruled that Argentina must pay a small group of bond investors more than $1.3 billion, the country's president laid out a debt-swapping plan designed to get around the decision entirely. The move was the latest bizarre twist in the long-fought dispute over the nation's unpaid debts, a battle that has involved a seized warship and a profusion of public vitriol while capturing the attention of the international finance community. The defiant new proposal, disclosed late Monday on national television by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, may mark a turning point in the matter because it could accelerate the slow-moving legal process in the U.S. and push the South American nation into technical default.
August 23, 2013 |
A U.S. appeals court has ruled against Argentina and for investors in a long-running fight over defaulted debt. The long-anticipated ruling, handed down by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, said that Argentina must pay a group of holdout investors in full if it wishes to continue making bond payments to holders of other bonds it has issued. That payment would exceed $1.3 billion, including principal and back interest. However, the court also placed a stay on the ruling to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to decide whether it will hear an appeal on a related matter.
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August 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - In a reversal of past decisions, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday that California police officers may be protected by the 1st Amendment when they report corruption and misconduct within their departments. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit by Angelo Dahlia, a former Burbank police detective, who said he was punished for telling the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department about alleged brutality in the Burbank Police Department.
August 16, 2013
Re "Justices deal new setback to Prop. 8," Aug. 15 It is amusing how the proponents of Proposition 8 will not follow court rulings and argue that the state and the courts have silenced the voices of millions of voters. A federal District Court judge said that Proposition 8 violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution; the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said it took away a right from a minority group for no good reason, making it unconstitutional. In 1964, Proposition 14 was passed in California with the objective of keeping African Americans out of certain white neighborhoods.
August 13, 2013 |
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday insisted that his city's "stop and frisk" police practices were constitutional, despite a federal judge's finding that they were racially discriminatory and violated the 4th and 14th Amendments. But it's almost beside the point whether Bloomberg is on solid legal ground and whether his appeal can succeed. New York's confrontational approach to law enforcement has bought short-term results at the cost of alienation and resentment, and its leaders would be wise to let the trial court's ruling stand - and to learn a lesson from Los Angeles.
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August 12, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Schools may provide trained employees instead of licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to students, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In a defeat for the California Nurses Assn., the state high court overturned a ruling in favor of the nurses by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye when she was on an appeals court. The chief justice did not participate in the case once it reached the high court. "California law expressly permits trained, unlicensed school personnel to administer prescription medications such as insulin in accordance with the written statements of a student's treating physician and parents," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the court.
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August 8, 2013 |
A federal appeals court dealt Los Angeles County a blow on Thursday in a long-running lawsuit over storm-water pollution when it issued an opinion that the county is liable for excessively high levels. Environmental groups sued the county and its flood-control district in 2008 over pollution in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, saying the entities had violated storm-water permits based on high pollution readings at monitoring stations in the rivers. County officials argued that they are not primarily to blame, because dozens of cities discharge polluted runoff upstream from the monitoring sites.
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July 31, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A video game maker has no 1st Amendment right to use the likenesses of former college athletes without their permission or compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Ruling on a lawsuit by former college football star Samuel Keller, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 that game maker Electronic Arts Inc. was not protected by free speech rights because the video games "literally re-created Keller in the very setting in which he had achieved renown.
July 19, 2013 |
New York Times reporter James Risen must say at a trial whether former CIA official Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information, was a source for his book, a federal appeals court ruled. In a 2-1 decision Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., reversed a lower court's ruling that found that Risen's testimony, sought by federal prosecutors, was protected by the 1st Amendment. “He is the only one who can identify Sterling as the perpetrator of the charged offenses, and he is the only one who can effectively address Sterling's expected efforts to point the finger at others,” U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler wrote in the majority opinion . Sterling is charged with leaking information to Risen in violation of the Espionage Act. The information was made public in a chapter in Risen's “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” which revealed a covert operation involving an attempt to supply Iranian officials with flawed nuclear weapons plans.