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From the 2nd Cir.: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

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By William Peacock, Esq. on December 23, 2014 5:16 PM

Y'all are nasty. Just kidding. But you do like nasty blog topics. (We all do.)

Need proof? Here are the 10 most popular blog posts from FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit blog for the past year. The docket includes incest, sprayed feces, oral suction during circumcision, plus a litany of other topics that I have no interest in because, well, I'm nasty too.

Here's the big list:

10. So You Want to Start an Appellate Practice in the 2nd Circuit?

If you're an excellent writer, and oral advocate, you might think appellate practice is your calling. How do you get started?

9. Supreme Court Grants Cert in Aereo and Argentina Cases

In a mostly unexciting term, the Supreme Court granted cert. in two Second Circuit cases that had a surprising amount of appeal. Argentina's financial future was at stake in one case, while an industry-disrupting startup fought for survival in the other.

8. Patrick Cariou and Richard Prince Settle Copyright Fair Use Case

One artist took another artist's photographs and "transformed" them into paintings and collages. Fair use or infringement? This was one of the closest cases we've ever seen.

7. Half-Uncle's Marriage to Half-Niece Not Incestuous: N.Y. Court

Speaking of close cases, where is the line between incest and merely a wee bit icky?

6. 9/11 Anniversary: What Happened to All Those Lawsuits?

On the 13th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in our nation's history, a fellow blogger took a look at where some of the more notable litigation battles from that day have ended up.

5. Direct Oral Suction During Circumcision Needs More Scrutiny: 2nd Cir.

I've covered this case way too much: from the tragedy of a deceased baby to the regulations that followed on religious circumcision practices, and of course, the appeal to the Second Circuit.

4. Spraying Inmate With Feces Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Spraying poop into an inmate's mouth is cruel and unusual? No s---.

3. Conn. Bar Association Won't Back Gun Law Defense After All

Much respect to this local bar association, which reversed course and decided not to back a gun control law after polling its members and finding that they were equally split on both sides of the issue.

2. 2nd Cir. Caught Making Copy-and-Paste Snafus ... Again

Care to guess how this post that you're currently reading was put together? A whole lot of copy-and-paste. The Second Circuit apparently does the same thing -- except they were pasting bad law into nonprecedential opinions ... again.

1. Basic Contract Principles Apply to CERCLA Subcontractor's Claim

It's a dispute about payment for environmental cleanup work between contractors and subcontractors. Other than the CERCLA part, this is a run-of-the-mill contract case.

Got a favorite blog post from the Second Circuit that didn't make our list? Tweet us @FindLawLP.

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