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Plaintiffs are shareholders of Cyan that accused the company of misleading in its securities filings. Can the plaintiffs' case continue in state court, or will it be stopped by a policy that prevents "forum shopping"?
Oil States Energy Services lost its patent protection. Now it argues the administrative court did not have the Constitutional authority to take away its right. See if the case belonged in a "real" judicial court instead.
SAS challenged Matal's patent, and the review board did not address all of SAS's claims. Can the patent review board pick and choose the claims it will start a review for?
The appeals court had dismissed Charmaine Hamer's appeal because it said the court was strictly bound by a filing deadline rule. The Supreme Court decided the rule is not a "jurisdictional" rule, so the court can work around it if necessary. Hamer wins.
Congress used its power to establish jurisdiction in a unique way: instead of establishing jurisdiction generally, it aimed to end a particular case. Did Congress encroach on the judicial power?
Two Pennsylvania racetracks merged to build a "racino" (race track + casino). The surviving company couldn't get the permit and filed for bankruptcy. Can the company that sold out of the deal keep its distance, or will bankruptcy law take suspicion?
Did Artis file her D.C. law claims too late? See how the Supreme Court interprets a claim filing deadline in a law on jurisdiction.
Shortly after Village at Lakeridge filed for bankruptcy, Dr. Rabkin bought a claim worth $2.76 million for $5,000. How strictly should the appellate court review the bankruptcy court decision that Rabkin was not a non-statutory insider?
Should the federal court review the one-sentence decision below, or look at the prior court's decision to consider the court's reasoning?
Is Ayestas entitled to a government-paid investigator?
About Courts Generally:
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