Certiorari Grants from the Long Conference

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its short orders list from the "long conference" two days later than usual this year.  Among the cases taken up is Ohio v. Clark.  The questions presented are:(1) Whether an individual's obligation to report suspected child abuse makes that individual an agent of law enforcement for purposes of the Confrontation Clause; and (2) whether a child's out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to the teacher's concerns abou...

Basis for Visa Denial Will Go Before High Court

Basis for Visa Denial Will Go Before High Court      WASHINGTON (CN) - Whether the U.S. government can deny visas on "terrorism grounds" without further explanation will go before the Supreme Court, the justices said Thursday.     The 9th Circuit became an outlier last year in finding that the government lacked "a facially legitimate reason" for denying a visa to Afghan citizen Kanishka Berashk.     Though the petitioner in that case, Berashk's wife, U.S. citizen Fauzi...

Securities

Securities MIAMI - Brothers Patrick G. and John R. Rooney manipulated the share price of their company, Positron Corp., with help from "corrupt stock promoters," the SEC claims in Federal Court.

Naked Short Selling

SEATTLE - Morgan Stanley drove Raser International into bankruptcy through naked short selling, with help from co-defendants Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and UBS Securities, a class action claims in King County Court.

Minneapolis Community Fights Jihad Recruiters

Minneapolis Community Fights Jihad Recruiters AMY FORLITI, Associated Press | Thursday, October 2, 2014 In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, Abdirizak Bihi, right, executive director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, watches kids play basketball at Currie Park in Minneapolis, near a large Somali community in the Cedar...
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Author Seeks Royalties for ‘Creative Screwing’

     ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (CN) - A publisher owes royalties to the author of "Creative Screwing: A Woman's Guide to Becoming an Erotic Enchantress of Superlustful Sex," the writer claims in court.     Nannette Laree Hernandez sued Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing on Sept. 4, in Berrien County Court.     Hernandez claims that Leddon signed a contract to publish a revised edition of her 1993 book, "Creative Screwing," giving h...

The Worst Boss in the World?

     ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - When a businessman bought his fourth hotel, in Taos, N.M. and renamed it the Whitten Inn, he brought racism and discrimination along with him, the EEOC claims in court.     The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued four hotels Tuesday in Federal Court: Roark-Whitten Hospitality 2 LP dba Whitten Inn; Roark-Whitten Hospitality 3 LP dba Whitten Inn; Travelodge Ltd. dba Whitten Inn Expo; and Better Hotels, Ltd. dba Whit...

Kaiser Cleared of Discrimination Complaint

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge tossed an employee's discrimination complaint alleging that a Kaiser supervisor told him he is lazy because he is black.     Sam Chiles sued Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in 2011 for racial and age discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment. He claimed that after he transferred to the hospital chain's Santa Rosa facility, supervisors made racial comments to him, bullied him, and treated him differently from other em...

Mining Ban Will Stand Near Grand Canyon

Mining Ban Will Stand Near Grand Canyon PHOENIX (CN) - A 20-year ban on uranium mining on 1 million federal acres near the Grand Canyon will remain in effect, a federal judge ruled.     A coalition of uranium-mining advocates sued the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management in 2012 after former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar banned mining on more than 1 million acres of public land north of the national park.     U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell ruled T...

You Think You’ve Got Tax Problems?

You Think You’ve Got Tax Problems?      ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Four storefront tax preparers want a New York state judge's help to get back the driver's licenses they lost under a year-old crackdown on tax delinquents.     The tax preparers say they owe no back taxes of their own. Instead, they claim in Albany County Supreme Court, they owe penalties assessed on mistakes they made in preparing others' tax returns, which two state agencies classified as delinquent taxes and suspended ...