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  • The Alien Tort Statute does not permit human-rights activists to file federal-court claims based on a defendant’s conduct in foreign countries. (Nestle USA, Inc. v. Doe I)
  • The Federal Trade Commission improperly held that drug companies’ settlement of patent-infringement litigation violated antitrust laws, without evidence that the settlement harmed competition. (Impax Laboratories, Inc. v. FTC)
  • Regulations proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriately limit the scope of disparate-impact liability under the Fair Housing Act. (In re FHA Disparate-Impact Liability)
  • Proposed Food and Drug Administration regulations violate the First Amendment by compelling cigarette manufacturers to place controversial statements on product labeling. (In re Required Warnings for Cigarette Packaging and Advertisements)
  • Property owners are entitled to compensation under the Takings Clause when a government arbitrarily delays their building permit. (Bottini v. City of San Diego)
  • Antitrust law is designed to protect competition, not competitors; it does not concern itself with evidence that a defendant may have desired to harm a competitor. (Swisher Int’l v. Trendsettah USA)


  • The Ninth Circuit declines to reconsider its certification of a class of Facebook users despite no evidence that they suffered any injury. (In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litig.)
  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to review a Ninth Circuit decision barring removal to federal court (under the Class Action Fairness Act) of a “mass action” in which a single state-court judge is coordinating thousands of identical claims. (Pfizer, Inc. v. Adamyan)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review a Ninth Circuit decision holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act extends to cyberspace and requires companies to revamp their web sites to accommodate the needs of the visually impaired. (Domino’s Pizza, LLC v. Robles)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review a California court decision that, in conflict with the Federal Arbitration Act, refuses to enforce an arbitration agreement. (Winston & Strawn LLP v. Ramos)
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to rescind its 2015 “net neutrality” rules, which imposed burdensome regulations on Internet providers. (Mozilla Corp. v. FCC)