Chicken Prices

Investors’ securities fraud complaint against Sanderson Farms was properly dismissed, the Second Circuit ruled. The investors claimed that an underlying antitrust conspiracy to manipulate chicken prices resulted in false and misleading filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission but they did not provide sufficient details about the underlying acts or misstatements. 

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Bullhorn Use

A protester is entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a City of Vallejo requirement that obligates individuals to obtain permits before using sound-amplifying devices within the city, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The protester wanted to use a bullhorn during a protest of alleged animal mistreatment at the Six Flags Discovery Park in Vallejo.  

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Hacking Scheme

Diplomatic immunity precluded jurisdiction in a case brought by Elliot Broidy, the former deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee, against a UN official, the Second Circuit ruled. Broidy claimed his computer had been hacked and that the official had been paid by Qatar to participate in the hacking scheme.

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Political Ads

A Maryland state law requiring online platforms, including newspaper websites, to publish certain information about the political advertisements they carry violates the First Amendment, the Fourth Circuit ruled. The law requires platforms to identify the purchaser of the ad and the total amount paid for the ad.

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Ninth Circuit Urged to Revive ‘Shape of Water’ Copyright Spat

As a Ninth Circuit panel weighed whether to resurrect a copyright infringement lawsuit against the filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water,” one judge called attention Monday to what she described as a troubling trend of cases involving literary works being prematurely dismissed by lower courts.

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