12 hrs ago
Courthouse News Service
7th Circuit Squishes Banana Lady's Suit
A woman who sings and dances in a banana costume does not have a copyright-infringement claim related to videos of her posted on Facebook, the 7th Circuit ruled.
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17 hrs ago
Some ministers worry courts will strike down tax-exempt housing allowances
A federal judge's ruling that a 60-year-old federal law allowing clergy to get a tax-free housing allowance is unconstitutional has raised concerns by religious organizations.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
a Banana Ladya Files a Bunch of Lawsuits With Little Court Appeal, Judge Says
As a one-woman show, Catherine Conrad has made a living dressed in a banana suit, with a little help from her monkey puppet friend, "Spike."
State GAB vote launched probe into Walker recall
Today's Paper, also known as the e-Edition, is an online replica of the printed newspaper.
Indiana Law Blog
Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today
Marcus Henderson was indicted for being a drug user in possession of firearms in violation of 18 U.S.C. A 922 .
Mon Apr 14, 2014
Case of 'Banana Lady' has little appeal for judge
Clients who've hired the Wisconsin woman to perform her wacky singing telegrams have been sued for everything from sending a postcard with a picture of her in her yellow costume to videotaping her as she does her banana dance.
ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone
An Internal Revenue Service rule allowing clergy to have a tax-exempt housing allowance is a reasonable accommodation of religion, not an unconstitutional establishment of religion, the ACRU argued in a federal court brief filed on April 9. The brief, filed by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Kenneth A. Klukowski on behalf of the Liberty Institute, asks ... (more)
Fri Apr 11, 2014
Off the Kuff
Planned Parenthood petitions Fifth Circuit for en banc review of HB2 ruling
Today, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas filed a petition on behalf of their patients to request that the full bench of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals consider the constitutionality of harmful abortion restrictions that were struck down by a federal district court last fall.
Wed Apr 09, 2014
Applause Can Come with a Big Price Tag - Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc.
Paying tribute to celebrity can sometimes be an expensive proposition. A Chicago grocery store chain found this out the hard way when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit handed down its decision in Michael Jordan v.
Indiana Law Blog
Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides Indiana case April 7th
Defendant Stephanie Donelli appeals the 60-month prison sentence she received after pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.
Brian Leiter's Law School Reports
Congratulations to the Chicago Alumni (and Bigelows) who accepted tenure-track positions this year
This was the most difficult year in the law teaching market in decades .Fortunately, mostof theChicago graduates and Fellowswere extremely successful in securing tenure-track positions in this challenging market.
Legal Briefing: Decision on 'Transitory' Disabilities
Anthimos Gogos, employed by AMS Mechanical Systems Inc. as a welder and pipe fitter, took medication for chronic high blood pressure.
Tue Apr 08, 2014
7th Circuit Decision Confirms Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act Requires 'Direct' U.S. Effects
In a decision that may have far-reaching implications for the limits of the United States antitrust laws for conduct affecting businesses and consumers abroad, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a United States company could not bring a claim under Sherman Act Section 1, 15 U.S.C. A 1, arising from its foreign subsidiaries' ... (more)
"Copyright troll" Prenda Law completely bombs at appeals court
Prenda Law, the firm that became controversial as a profligate "copyright troll" by suing thousands with lawsuits over downloading porn movies, has fallen apart over the course of the last year.
'Seventh Circuit hears arguments in Prenda attorneys' appeal...
"Seventh Circuit hears arguments in Prenda attorneys' appeal over $261K sanction order; judge says Lightspeed record is 'troublesome'": The Madison-St.Clair Record has this report .
Sat Apr 05, 2014
Plaintiff made to wear prison garb, handcuffs at trial against guards deserves do-over
Inmates often wear orange to court for pretrial hearings and sentencings, but usually get to to wear civilian clothes for trials.
Fri Apr 04, 2014
U.S. court rejects seizure of Persian artifacts again
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that the Persian artifacts at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute cannot be seized to pay a $412 million judgment against the Iranian government.
National Review Online
This Day in Liberal Judicial Activisma "April 4
On the Court from 1939 until 1975, Douglas is the longest-serving justice in history.
Thu Apr 03, 2014
Plea to throw out Beavers' conviction gets chilly...
But the gruff-voiced 79-year-old tax fraudster, former alderman and Chicago cop probably shouldn't expect to get out any sooner than that, based on the unimpressed reaction Thursday morning of a panel of federal appeals court judges.
Wed Apr 02, 2014
Audit: Mine injury underreporting data lacking
MSHA has taken steps to detect and deter underreporting, including revising its auditing process and training programs, and enhancing penalties for violations.