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At Left Coast Appeals, we provide insights into all things Ninth Circuit. Check out our Ninth Circuit Statistics, which offers an empirical window into the Court’s workings. At our En Banc Tracker, we monitor the Court’s busy en banc proceedings. And at This Week at the Ninth, we highlight key recent decisions.

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September 17, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Informational Injury and Union Dues

This week, we examine one Ninth Circuit decision exploring the extent to which the deprivation of information and statutorily-conferred powers can satisfy Article III’s injury-in-fact requirement, and a second declining to extend the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus to former union-members asserting First Amendment …›

September 11, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Jersey Boys and Restroom Doors

This week, we highlight Ninth Circuit decisions denying copyright protection to assertions of fact (even if those facts were made up), and deepening a slight Circuit split on the Americans with Disabilites Act's burden-shifting framework. CORBELLO v. VALLI The Court holds that factual descriptions contained in …›

September 3, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at the Ninth: Long Arms and Sore Backs

This week, the Ninth Circuit explains when courts have personal jurisdiction over foreigners who contract with U.S.-based businesses, and whether severe pain can qualify as a disability under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. GLOBAL COMM. TRADING GRP. v. BENEFICIO DE ARROZ CHOLOMA The Court …›

August 28, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at the Ninth: In Rem and Out of Time

This week, the Ninth Circuit creates a potential circuit split on personal jurisdiction in in rem proceedings, and clarifies whether a post-judgment motion for attorneys’ fees extends the time to appeal (spoiler alert: it does not). UNITED STATES v. TAREK OBAID The Court held that a …›

August 18, 2020 - Ninth Circuit Insights

Know Your En Banc Ninth: Birds of a Feather

Last week, we continued our look at Ninth Circuit en bancs by examining which judges were most and least likely to dissent in the 60 en banc cases submitted and decided since December 2014.* This week, we look at cases featuring three key …›

August 11, 2020 - Ninth Circuit Insights

Know Your En Banc Ninth: Who Decides?

Last week, we began our look at the Ninth Circuit en bancs by examining which judges were most and least likely to be selected to en banc panels. This week, we address what these judges decide when selected: who tends to be in the …›

August 6, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Appeals Dropping Like Flies

This week, the Ninth Circuit closely guarded its own jurisdiction while putting government litigants on the back foot. Read on to find out why county jailors’ qualified immunity appeal was dismissed, and how the Court handled a district court’s never-before-seen-in-the-Ninth Circuit order denying the …›