Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

September 9, 2013
  • The Ninth Circuit upholds a California statute banning the sale of foie gras if the birds were force fed for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.  (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
  • A woman sues her boss after he said she looked like Susan Boyle.  (New York Post)
  • Judge rules that the military cannot deny VA benefits to same sex spouses.  (Al Jazeera)
  • Law professor argues that law students ready to practice upon graduation is a fantasy.  (Wall Street Journal)  Meanwhile, some institutions are trying to find ways to reinvent the third year of law school so that such a fantasy becomes a reality.  (The Economist)
  • Should “revenge porn” be criminalized?  (CNN)
  • Jeffrey Toobin asserts that recent legal developments “point . . . the country back in a direction where law enforcement will spend more time chasing the right people for the right reasons.”  (The New Yorker) 
  • California Supreme Court hears arguments on whether an illegal immigrant can receive a law license.  (LA Times)
  • New Jersey court holds that the sender of a text message may be liable if an accident is caused by the texting and the sender knew the recipient would view the text while driving.  (Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division)
  • Former bank robber, who has already had success before the Supreme Court, is set to graduate law school and start a prestigious clerkship.  (NY Times)