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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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November 24, 2020 - Ninth Circuit Insights

Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Who Gets Invited?

Last week, we noted that the Ninth Circuit’s visiting judges together perform the work of roughly 6 additional Ninth Circuit judges. But who, exactly, secures an invite to help serve as these supplemental members of the Ninth Circuit? This week, we examine our data …›

November 19, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Answers and Amounts in Controversy

This week, we take a look at two decisions tackling novel procedural issues. In the first, the Court strictly applied the amount-in-controversy requirement of the Class Action Fairness Act, faulting a defendant for not substantiating every aspect of its calculations of the plaintiff’s potential …›

November 18, 2020 - Ninth Circuit Insights

Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Six Extra Judges

Ninth Circuit appeals are not always decided by Ninth Circuit judges. Because of the Court’s nation-leading workload, the Ninth Circuit regularly relies on visiting judges to fill out the panels that hear and resolve cases. But who are these visiting judges, and exactly how …›

November 12, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Collections and Coverage

This week, we examine one Ninth Circuit decision holding that a debt collector cannot insulate itself from liability under the Federal Debt Collection Practice Act by contractually obligating its clients to provide it with accurate information, and another holding that an HMO’s refusal to …›

November 5, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Public Knowledge and Private Counsel

This week, the Ninth Circuit examines how the loss-causation requirement of a securities-fraud claim may be satisfied in cases involving FOIA disclosures, and considers the application of Younger v. Harris to a State civil-enforcement action pressed by private counsel. DAVID GRIGSBY v. BOFI HOLDING, INC. The …›

October 29, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Debarred and Debugged

This week, the Court knocks down a party’s argument that it was “de facto debarred” from exporting activities under the Arms Export Control Act, and explains what exactly triggers the statute of limitations in Wiretap Act suits. THORNE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE The Court rejects …›

October 9, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: Counterfeiting and Superfund

This week, we examine a Ninth Circuit decision addressing whether a plaintiff pursuing a Lanham Act counterfeiting claim must demonstrate that consumers were likely to be confused (the answer: yes), and another resolving the tricky issue of whether the federal government’s regulation of a …›

October 2, 2020 - This Week at the Ninth

This Week at The Ninth: The FAA and the FAAAA

This week at This Week, we take a look at two cases that divided the panels deciding them. In the first, the Ninth Circuit (splitting from the Fourth) held an arbitration clause the plaintiff had signed with a third party to be unenforceable even …›