The Supreme Court issued two opinions this morning. They are United States v. Apel (12-1038), and Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice (12-79). The first case involves the authority of a base commander to bar individuals from access to a military installation under federal law. The second case involves whether class action lawsuits based on state law for “uncovered” securities can proceed in light of a federal law that bars class actions by investors in some circumstances. I will provide commentary on these decisions by tomorrow.
In other litigation worth noting, the Ninth Circuit released an opinion ordering Google/YouTube to take down the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.” The Appeals Court reversed the District Court denying the takedown. The case raises the rarely litigated issue of whether an actor/actress retains a copyrightable interest in their work. Again, more on this later. –Mark