Keeping Tabs on the Ninth Circuit
  • This Week at the Ninth: Trans Fat and Stolen Emails
    - This Week at the Ninth

    This Week at the Ninth: Trans Fat and Stolen Emails

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    This week, we take a look at one Ninth Circuit decision addressing the difficult Article III issues that arise in certain types of consumer class actions, and another in which the Ninth Circuit examined the application of the Stored Communications Act to emails backed
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  • This Week at the Ninth: Willfulness and Waterways
    - This Week at the Ninth

    This Week at the Ninth: Willfulness and Waterways

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    This week, the Ninth Circuit came back from the Thanksgiving break with a bang, issuing three long-awaited en banc decisions in criminal and immigration cases. Here at Left Coast, however, we’ve focused on two other civil decisions—issued by smaller panels, perhaps, but no less
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  • Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Who Gets Invited?
    - Ninth Circuit Insights

    Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Who Gets Invited?

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    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
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  • This Week at The Ninth:  Answers and Amounts in Controversy
    - This Week at the Ninth

    This Week at The Ninth: Answers and Amounts in Controversy

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    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
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  • Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Six Extra Judges
    - Ninth Circuit Insights

    Know Your Ninth Circuit Panel: Six Extra Judges

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    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
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  • This Week at The Ninth: Collections and Coverage
    - This Week at the Ninth

    This Week at The Ninth: Collections and Coverage

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    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
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  • This Week at The Ninth: Debarred and Debugged
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    This Week at The Ninth: Debarred and Debugged

    By: James R. Sigel and Adam L. Sorensen

    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
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