Wildfire Mitigation

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of the Regents of the University of California’s suit against FEMA relating to grants for projects intended to mitigate the risk of wildfires. The university rescinded its approval of the original project, for which FEMA provided the grants, and the revised project it wished to pursue was “materially distinct.”

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Sex Abuse

A federal court in California approved a $73 million settlement in a class action against the University of California brought by women who accused a former UCLA gynecologist of making inappropriate comments and performing “sexually invasive ‘examinations.’” The women say UCLA allowed James Heaps to continue seeing patients despite a “reputation for disturbing behavior since the 1980s.”

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Berkeley Protest

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of First Amendment and Equal Protection claims against University of California officials brought by a woman whose plans to attend a speech by far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley were thwarted by protests. The woman’s battery claim against one of the protesters, however, was improperly dismissed.  

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Irreverent Student Newspaper Wins Ninth Circuit Ruling Over ‘Safe Spaces’ Satire

Securing a win for collegiate free press, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that a case involving the University of California, San Diego’s satirical student newspaper The Koala, free speech and student organization funding should not have been dismissed.

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