New Amicus Brief:
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes
On December 6, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a lower-court decision that certified a massive class action against retailer Wal-Mart. The suit was filed by a small number of female Wal-Mart employees who claim that the company denied them equal pay and opportunities for promotion. But the trial court has certified them as representatives of a class of 1.6 million current and former female employees. The decision to review the case was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging that review be granted.
- Sottera, Inc. v. FDA
On December 7, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) effort to broaden its own jurisdiction by expansively interpreting what is meant by a “medical device.” The court ruled that Congress did not intend to permit FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”) as medical devices. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief opposing FDA’s regulatory efforts.
- Al-Aulaqi v. Obama
On December 7, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed an ACLU lawsuit that challenged a reported decision by the federal government to attempt to kill a U.S. citizen (and senior al Qaeda leader) living in Yemen. The court agreed with WLF that the case raised political questions that were not properly decided by the federal courts.
From The Legal Pulse:
- The Enduring Problem of Overcriminalization – By Cory Andrews
- Federal Court Wages Scorched Earth Policy on Genetically Modified Sugar Beets – By Cory Andrews
- Peer-to-Peer lending: Let it Be – By Stephen Richer
- Nudge or Noodge?: Interactive Online Symposium @ “Truth on the Market” Explores Role of Behavioral Law in Regulation – By The Legal Pulse