Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

November 18, 2013

Mary Jo White: chair of the SEC and also a member of the “Killer Elite.” (The New Yorker)

The discovery of stolen Nazi artwork raises questions of legal ownership. (Deutsche Welle)

New York City asks the Second Circuit to vacate the remedies ordered in the “stop and frisk” decision. (Bloomberg)

The Economist provides an overview of the big state ballot issues that were decided. (The Economist)

Supreme Court hears arguments on whether unions can enter into neutrality agreements with private employers; such agreements establish rules for unionization campaigns. (Al Jazeera)

ACLU, along with Larry Flynt, seek to commute the sentence of the man who shot Flynt, arguing that documents about his impending execution should be made public. The state claims that the execution satisfies the Eighth Amendment since a board-certified anesthesiologist will be part of the team, but the ACLU  claims the American Board of Anesthesiology prohibits its members from participating in executions and is therefore skeptical that the doctor is board-certified. (ABA Journal)

Supreme Court denies petition for writ of certiorari filed by three former Duke lacrosse players who sued the city of Durham, North Carolina, claiming their constitutional rights were violated by the city’s police. (Time)

Central London Employment Tribunal rules against a pundit, disagreeing with his argument that he was discriminated against because of his older age; instead, the tribunal found that he was let go because of his male chauvinist views. (BBC News)

Judge rules that a video, purportedly showing a man blinking to identify the man who shot him, may not be shown to the jury since it would violate the Confrontation Clause. (Washington Post)

In a trademark infringement case filed by Kraft, which sells cheese with a “Cracker Barrel” label, the Seventh Circuit rules that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is prohibited from selling food products with the name “Cracker Barrel” in grocery stores.  (United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)