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  • Securities fraud is back in the Supreme Court in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. This time the question relates to Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, which provides for strict liability – indeed almost absolute liability – if a registration statement for a public offering contains an untrue […]
  • This is the first week of the Court’s November sitting; the Justices are scheduled to hear two arguments each day, Monday through Wednesday. At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect orders from the October 31 Conference. (Our list of “Petitions to watch for that Conference is here.) We will report on any action taken by […]
  • OUGADOUGOU, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A coalition of Burkina Faso’s opposition parties and civil society organisations rejected the army’s takeover of power on Saturday following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, and said they would take to the streets in protest on Sunday. Source:
  • DAKAR, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The African Union called on Saturday for a civilian-led transition in Burkina Faso after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore and said the military should submit to the will of the civilian authorities. Source:
  • * Violence has surged in the past two weeks (Adds details, Saturday battle with insurgents) Source:
  • At 10 a.m. Monday, the Supreme Court opens its next public session with a one-hour argument on a core constitutional dispute over the powers of Congress and the presidency, in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. Arguing for a family whose lawsuit is at the center of that controversy will be Alyza D. Lewin of […]
  • The petitions of the day are: Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett 13-1421 Issue: Whether, under Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, which provides that “[t]o the extent that a lien secures a claim against the debtor that is not an allowed secured claim, such lien is void,” a chapter 7 debtor may “strip off” […]
  • Oct 29 (Reuters) – Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world’s worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,900 people. (Interactive graphic on Ebola: Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more […]
  • Oct 31 (Reuters) – The deadliest outbreak on record of the Ebola virus has prompted some countries to respond with travel bans, in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Source:
  • Even if an individual has a qualified right to determine what happens to her body, up to and including death, laws facilitating physician-assisted death (PAD) still might not be a good idea. Source:–P8tE4/story01.htm