AALS on the 75th anniversary of the FRCP

At the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the highlight so far has been a spirited panel on the 75th anniversary of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (Yes, I know that this statement may be yawn-inducing for those who are not court or procedure geeks.) The All-Star panel was moderated by legal legend Arthur Miller and included Justice Antonin Scalia.

I’ll post more when I have access to a computer (I’m blogging from the iPhone app). But for now suffice it to say that it was amazing to watch Miller and the panel skewer the court for some of its very questionable recent procedure decisions, particularly Iqbal (pleading).

Cross-posted on Infoglut Tumblr.

New Supreme Court website

SCOTUSblog reports that the Supreme Court today unveiled a revamped website, which will now be hosted in-house rather than by the Government Printing Office (press release here).  The new site is much cleaner and makes finding information much easier.

Considering the popularity of Supreme Court bobbleheads (as reported in yesterday’s New York Times), maybe the Court should next set up a Facebook page.   I’d be happy to friend some of the Justices, starting with Stevens, who has several Facebook pages devoted to him, including John Paul Stevens, John Paul Stevens’ Bowties, and John Paul Stevens: The Most Adorable Supreme Court Justice.

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/SCt-website-release-3-18-10.pdf

BOGO day for patents at the Supreme Court

SCOTUSblog reports that the Supreme Court today issued decisions in two high-profile patent cases. According to SCOTUSblog, Microsoft won (7-1) in Microsoft v. AT&T, and in KSR v. Teleflex, a unanimous Court ruled that the Federal Circuit had applied too narrow a standard for determining “obviousness.”

Note: BOGO means “buy one, get one free.”

LabCorp v. Metabolite dismissed

The Supreme Court issued a decision this morning dismissing the writ of certiorari in Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc. as improvidently granted. Justice Breyer, joined by Justices Stevens and Souter, dissented from the dismissal.

Decision here. Discussion at Patently-O here.