Sixth Circuit Grants Initial Hearing En Banc in Review of Tennessee Abortion Law, Over Dissent of Six Judges

In Bristol Regional Women’s Center, PC v. Slatery, No. 20-6267 (6th Cir. Apr. 9, 2021), the Sixth Circuit took the unusual step under Fed. R. App. P. 35(a) of granting initial hearing en banc of a challenge to Tennessee’s abortion waiting period law. A prior three-judge panel had denied the state’s motion for a stayContinue reading “Sixth Circuit Grants Initial Hearing En Banc in Review of Tennessee Abortion Law, Over Dissent of Six Judges”

Counting Rule for Court Closure Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a)(3) Applies Even Though Appellant Could Have Filed Notice of Appeal Electronically

In Circuitronix, LLC v. Kinwong Electronic (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., No. 19-12547 (11th Cir. Apr. 8, 2021) – an appeal from the trial of a breach of contract claim – the Eleventh Circuit holds that a motion for judgment as a matter of law was timely under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a), because the courthouseContinue reading “Counting Rule for Court Closure Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a)(3) Applies Even Though Appellant Could Have Filed Notice of Appeal Electronically”

Split Sixth Circuit Panel Holds That A Federal Civil Litigant Has An Equal Protection Right to a Jury Deliberation Free of Racial Bias

In Harden v. Hillman, No. 20-5056 (6th Cir. Apr. 6, 2021), a split panel vacates and remands a defense verdict in a § 1983 case, where a juror testified post-trial that other jurors engaged in racial stereotyping during deliberations. The plaintiff, who is Black, claimed excessive force against Officer Hillman, who allegedly roughed him upContinue reading “Split Sixth Circuit Panel Holds That A Federal Civil Litigant Has An Equal Protection Right to a Jury Deliberation Free of Racial Bias”

Second Circuit Holds That Federal Common Law Defeats State-Law Tort Suit For Production and Sale of Fossil Fuels

In City of New York v. Chevron Corp., No. 18-2188 (2d Cir. Apr. 1, 2021), the Second Circuit affirms a decision dismissing, on federal common law grounds, a tort action brought by New York City against five major international oil companies (Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and BP, collectively “Producers”) for the harms causedContinue reading “Second Circuit Holds That Federal Common Law Defeats State-Law Tort Suit For Production and Sale of Fossil Fuels”

Ninth Circuit Splits Over How to Analyze Jurisdictional Amount for Section 7 Action to Enforce Subpoena Under Federal Arbitration Act

In Maine Community Health Options v. Albertsons Cos., Inc., No. 20-35931 (9th Cir. Mar. 31, 2021), deciding an issue of first impression for the circuit, the judges – following different routes – holds that there is diversity jurisdiction over an action under Section 7 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), 9 U.S.C. § 7, seeking enforcementContinue reading “Ninth Circuit Splits Over How to Analyze Jurisdictional Amount for Section 7 Action to Enforce Subpoena Under Federal Arbitration Act”