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The fact that the Internet is everywhere and nowhere has made some Web-related litigation a puzzle. Yet, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opted to stay out of the question of where such cases should be tried. The denial of cert came in a defamation claim by a Washington state company, Northwest Healthcare Alliance, against a Colorado-based Web site that grades health care providers nationwide. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that the suit could proceed in Washington, since HealthGrades.com had graded Northwest Healthcare facilities in that state. HealthGrades.com asked the Supreme Court for review. … Time-tested First Amendment principles were in play Monday, as the Supreme Court refused to disturb a lower court decision barring the display of a granite monument spelling out the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the statehouse in Frankfort, Ky. The stone was a gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles to the state of Kentucky. And the Virginia Military Institute lost a church-state case when the 4th Circuit decided the venerable state school’s “supper prayer” violates the Establishment Clause. … It’s a busy time on the judicial nominations front. As protesters prepare to march and senators plan to vote this week on 6th Circuit nominee Jeffrey Sutton, President George W. Bush made four new nominations to the circuit courts. For the 4th Circuit, Bush tapped Allyson Duncan and Claude Allen, who would become just the second and third African-Americans ever to serve on the Richmond, Va.-based court. Duncan is a former state appeals judge in North Carolina and a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton. Allen, formerly with Baker Botts, is a deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Up north, the president tapped Jay Waldman, an Eastern District of Pennsylvania trial judge since 1988, and Pennsylvania Attorney General D. Michael Fisher for spots on the 3rd Circuit. – Bill Kisliuk Related links: Supreme Court Declines Internet Case Supreme Court Rejects Appeal on Ten Commandments Neil J. Mellen; Paul S. Knick v. Josiah Bunting III White House press release on nominations “Personnel Announcement” by White House Impasse on Judges Ending?

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