Supreme Court Action: Just a Short Summary With More To Come

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

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