Of the 13 federal appeals courts, nine now have a majority of Democratic-appointed judges. This marks a huge shift from 2009, when 10 of the circuits had GOP-appointed majorities. The change in landscape is a result of President Obama’s appointment of 49 judges who, according to one law professor, now “have the ability to control every important case [in those courts] if they wish to”.
A $13.5 million loan-modification scheme has been called the largest crime of its type ever prosecuted in the United States. Among the seven defendants is a California lawyer who allegedly helped promise more than 3,500 homeowners help with obtaining mortgage modifications if they paid illegal up-front fees of up to $4,000. The Orange County deputy district attorney calls the seven defendants “financial thugs.”
States may not use an IQ score of 70 as the cutoff in borderline cases of mental disability to determine if a defendant is exempt from execution, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said an IQ score is “an approximation, not a final and infallible assessment of intellectual functioning.”
The American Lawyer released its sixteenth annual Am Law Second Hundred report, revealing the law firms ranked 101 to 200 on the list of top-grossing firms in the U.S. Twenty of those 200 firms took home the lion’s share of 2013′s earnings, “punching above their weight” and landing in the top 100 in profits per equity partner and revenue per lawyer.
The cost for non-residents to attend University of Arizona’s law school. The price is a marked drop from $38,841 the year before. It is also more than 30 percent cheaper than the average cost of peer institutions, according to an Arizona Board of Regents study.
Ch-check it out! Hip-hop group Beastie Boys has asked a jury to award it at least $2 million in a copyright infringement case against energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. The lawsuit revolves around a promotional video on YouTube that featured a remix of several of the band’s songs. Although Monster admitted that it infringed the copyrights, the company says it should pay $125,000 at most.