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April 2011 Archives

White House Releases President Obama's Birth Certificate

In order to defuse the controversy over President Barack Obama's birthplace, which the President said had "distracted" the nation from important issues, the White House released President Obama's long-form birth certificate after receiving special permission for the release from the State of Hawaii.

Grant of Injunction Stopping NFL Lockout

A federal judge in Minnesota has granted the NFL players' request for an injunction preventing the NFL and its individual teams from imposing a player lockout. The judge found that, given the unique position of a professional football player, the players would suffer irreparable harm as a result of losing a year's worth of playing time.

BP Sues Maker of Blowout Preventer in Gulf Oil Spill

In a cross-claim filed as part of the ongoing litigation surrounding last year's oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP alleges that the manufacturer of the blowout preventer designed, manufactured, maintained and modified the preventer in a way that rendered it "unreasonable dangerous when used as intended."

BP Files Lawsuit Against Halliburton Over Gulf Oil Spill

BP filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas alleging that Halliburton's improper conduct contributed to the oil rig explosion and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. Halliburton provided the cementing services for the well, and many observers believe that the failure of the cement contributed to the original blowout of the well.

BP's Complaints Against Transocean Over Gulf Oil Spill

BP submitted a court filing in the ongoing litigation regarding last year's oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico alleging that the owner of the Deepwater oil rig violated the law and caused the explosion and subsequent spill.

Apple Sues Samsung for Copying the iPhone and iPad

Apple has filed suit against Samsung over the Samsung Galaxy, alleging that Samsung chose to "slavishly copy" the iPhone and iPad in its new line of products. Apple claims that the Galaxy line commits widespread patent and trade dress infringement.

Winklevoss Petition for Rehearing en Banc

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra have filed a petition for a rehearing by the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of the court ruled that the settlement agreement between the parties and Facebook was valid and enforceable. The Winklevosses and Narendra had challenged the agreement, claiming that Facebook had committed fraud during the negotiations. The original lawsuit stemmed from the Winklevosses' and Narendra's assertions that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, stole the idea for the social network from them while a student at Harvard University.

Suit Over Facebook Ownership Containing Mark Zuckerberg's Emails

Paul Ceglia has filed an amended complaint in his suit claiming ownership of Facebook.  Ceglia argues that he and Mark Zuckerberg entered into an agreement for the continued development of the social networking site, but that Zuckerberg misappropriated Ceglia's interest in the resulting company.  This amended complaint contains emails from Zuckerberg that Ceglia claims demonstrate Zuckerberg's intent to defraud Ceglia out of his share of the company.

Barry Bonds Jury Verdict

The jury in the Barry Bonds case has found the slugger guilty of obstruction of justice, but was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on three counts of making false statements to a grand jury.

9th Circuit Upholds Injunction of Arizona's Immigration Law

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the lower court did not act inappropriately when it stopped enforcement of portions of Arizona's controversial S.B. 1070 immigration law on the grounds that federal law likely preempts certain provisions of the Arizona statute.

10th Circuit Upholds Strip Search of Non-Violent Offender

The 10th Circuit has granted summary judgment for a US Marshall in a case over strip searches of demonstrators that the plaintiffs alleged were unconstitutional.  The court found that, at the time of the strip searches, it was not clearly established that such a search would violate the Fourth Amendment, thus the officer was entitled to qualified immunity.

NFL's Opposition to Players' Lockout Injunction

The NFL's opposition to the NFL players' request for an injunction blocking the NFL's plans for a player "lockout".

NFL Players' Motion to Stop Lockout

Motion for a preliminary injunction filed by NFL players to stop NFL teams from engaging in a "lockout" of the players.