Some Court Documents No Longer Available on PACER

Sept. 23, 2014 update: The missing court documents for the four appellate courts described below will be restored to PACER by the end of October 2014. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will continue to work on a similar solution for the missing records of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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PACER – or Public Access to Court Electronic Records – is an online fee-based service allowing users to access court documents from the federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. In August, system upgrades in PACER led to the removal of documents from several courts. Continue reading

LA Times Festival of Books

It is once again time for the LA Times Festival of Books.  This free event will be held on the University of Southern California campus on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st.  There will be authors; musical performances; shows for children; cooking demonstrations; and much, much more.  So, if you need a break from studying for finals, if you love books and reading, or if you’re just looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the LA Times Festival of Books.

More information, including a detailed schedule of authors, vendors, parking, and more is available here.

Judge Invalidates NYC Ban on the Sale of Large Sodas

Today a New York state judge issued a permanent injunction blocking the ban on the sale of large-sized sugary drinks in New York City. The ban, which NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg had spearheaded as an anti-obesity initiative, had been set to take effect on March 12. The judge called the rule “arbitrary and capricious” by targeting only some food establishments and covering only certain types of drinks. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration plans to challenge the injunction. You can read more about the decision on news sources such as The New York Times website, or on Bloomberg Law under Legal Analysis and News – TOP News (Pepperdine Law School users only).

The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term

Yesterday marked the start of a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog, an excellent resource for all things Supreme Court-related, provides a thorough collection of previews of the term from publications such as The New York Times and CNN in its Monday Round-Up. You can also view a list of cases to be argued in the coming term on SCOTUSblog’s October 2012 term page. Here you can also find links to case pages which include case briefs, the opinion below, and a chronology of proceedings and orders.

The National Hockey League Labor Dispute: “Game On?!”

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings won professional ice hockey’s biggest prize last spring, the Stanley Cup, hockey fans have been impatiently asking, “Will there be hockey in October?” This is because the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) and the NHL team owners is set to expire on September 15, 2012.

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Illinois bars employer access to private social media accounts

It seems as though everyone’s using social media these days – and some employers have tried to use that fact to their advantage. In recent months, there have been news reports of the growing practice among employers to request job applicants’ and even employees’ login information for their personal social media accounts, such as Twitter or Facebook.

Such practices have been called a violation of privacy akin to “requiring someone’s house keys” and have garnered attention from state governments, some of which are moving to outlaw these actions. Maryland was the first state to pass such legislation; Illinois followed suit on August 7, when the state governor signed H.B. 3782. This legislation prohibits employers from requesting access to the personal social networking page of an employee or job applicant. Read more