Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

August 5, 2013


  • Current college athletes join former players who are suing the NCAA, claiming its rules against amateurism violate antitrust law. (Economist)
  • Decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit leads to circuit split over whether for-profit, secular corporations can engage in religious exercise. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Washington Post breaks down the verdict in the Bradley Manning-WikiLeaks case. (Washington Post
  • New Jersey judge rules in favor of an employer in a weight discrimination case. (Time)
  • Third Circuit holds that a Pennsylvania town’s ordinances that attempt to prohibit employment of unauthorized aliens and preclude them from renting housing are pre-empted by federal immigration law. (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • The Supreme Court’s favorability rating has dropped since it issued its decisions at the end of this term. (ABA Journal)
  • Michigan’s Attorney General joins Detroit’s bankruptcy case, representing retired workers that claim a clause in Michigan’s constitution protects pensions. (Detroit Free Press) 
  • Court holds that Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, may be deposed regarding his personal involvement in the government’s decision to bail out AIG in 2008 since he was a central figure in the decision and the plaintiff would likely be unable to obtain the same testimony from other persons or sources. (United States Court of Federal Claims)
  • Virginia’s religious exemption law allowing parents to home-school their children with little oversight creates tension when children want to attend school. (Washington Post)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit hears oral arguments in the case of Tarken Mehanna, who was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda; his attorneys argue that his translation of materials from Arabic into English is protected speech. (Bloomberg 
  • The legal definition of “relevant” becomes an issue in the NSA surveillance scandal. (International Business Times)