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Senator Blasts Third Circuit Nominee on Social Media

If tweetstorms are real, then judicial nominee David Porter must feel like a lightning rod in the twitterverse right now.

Sen. Bob Casey fired off a series of Twitter attacks at Porter, who is a nominee for the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Porter is a Pennsylvania attorney like Casey, but they are clearly on opposing political sides.

Porter barely made it out of a Senate judiciary committee, and now Casey aims to take him down before the confirmation hearing. With a 280-character limit, however, it might be too little too late.

Mother Gets More Attorney's Fees in School Disabilty Case

Due to an educational disability, Rena Castrovillo asked the Colonial School District to place her daughter in private school.

District officials were unwilling, at first, so the mother filed for an administrative hearing. Before the hearing, however, they offered to make the placement.

The problem was, they weren't going to pay her attorney's fees. In Rena C. v. Colonial School District, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals said that was a mistake.

Court Ponders Navy Water Pollution

For decades, an aircraft carrier would dump about 410,000 gallons of human waste into the ocean every day.

Multiply that by 10 aircraft carriers, and you have a whole lot of ship waste. But that's not the real problem in Giovanni v. United States Department of Navy.

The plaintiffs just want the government to pay for medical monitoring of drinking water that the Navy contaminated over the years. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals is chewing on it.

Court Hears 'Empire' TV Copyright Case

Maybe Martin Luther King, Jr. could help her win the case, attorney Mary Bogan thought.

The nation had recently celebrated the life of the great civil rights leader, and his words were still in the air. "The time is always right to do the right thing," Bogan quoted to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nice speech, but not really relevant? According to reports, Bogan's argument over the "Empire" show might have been a little awkward.

Uber Beats Taxis in Philly

Not so many years ago, a taxi driver had to pay $545,000 for a medallion to operate in Philadelphia.

After Uber took over the City of Brotherly Love, however, that medallion was worth about $80,000. What was worse, the driver borrowed against it to buy a cab.

That is a substantial loss, but not damages. In Philadelphia Taxi Association v. Uber Technologies, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals said it's just competition and it's not unfair.

Nuns Try to Intervene in Contraception Case

As they entered the federal appeals court, the judges and the nuns had more in common than black robes.

The judges of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals were there to consider whether non-parties have a right to intervene in Pennsylvania v. Trump. The Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home were there for that same reason.

Ultimately, the appeals court will rule on President Trump's order that allows conscience-based objections to the contraception mandates of Obamacare. But first they have to decide whether the nuns can join in the conversation.

Settlement Offers Are Misleading in Time-Barred Debt Collection

One wrong word can make a big difference when a debt collector comes calling.

No, it's not a four-letter word. (Debt collectors can be aggressive.) The word is "settlement."

A company broke the law when it offered a settlement on a time-barred debt, a federal appeals court said. In Tatis v. Allied Interstatethe decision revived a class-action lawsuit. 

Good and Bad Eggs in Antitrust Case

Call it the egg conspiracy case.

It's easier than In Re: Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, but you choose. Unfortunately, like most conspiracy theories, it is not that simple.

When a court has to use diagrams to show the connections between conspirators and non-conspirators, it is at least novel. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals also said it presented a question of first impression.

Super Bowl Tickets Case: Forward Motion

It's the Super Bowl of lawsuits. Wait, no, it's the lawsuit of Super Bowls.

Actually, it's a lawsuit against the NFL for allegedly gouging fans for tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. It's not that complicated, but the NFL has been sued more than once over Super Bowl tickets.

This time, in Finkelman v. National Football League, a fan says the NFL sold out the public by withholding 99 percent of its tickets for league insiders and leaving non-insiders to pay inflated prices on the resale market.

Guard Allegedly Encouraged Inmate's Suicide, Reviving Lawsuit

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong?

From the moment you roll out of bed and stub your toe, you know it's going to be one of those days. That's how it must have felt for Joan Mullin, only much worse.

She sued prison officials for contributing to her son's suicide. Then her lawyer misfiled some key evidence, and her case was dismissed.

Fortunately, Murphy's law is not a real law. Mullin finally got some relief from the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Mullin v. Balicki.