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Haselwander v. McHugh
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 12-5297

Justia Opinion Summary: Haselwander, an Army veteran, served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1974. During his tour of duty Haselwander was wounded and knocked unconscious when an enemy rocket exploded near his sleeping quarters. He w...

Music Choice v. Copyright Royalty Bd.
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: “Musical work” and the owner’s exclusive right to perform the work in public are protected by 17 U.S.C. 106(4). Broadcast of a musical work is a performance and requires a license from the copyright owner. Copyright Act...

Brown v. Sessoms
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7027

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown, a black female law professor at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law (DCSL), had worked for DCSL in various capacities for more than 20 years when she applied for tenure and promotion. The Facu...

Robinson v. Wash. Metro. Area Transit Auth.
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7077

Justia Opinion Summary: Bus driver Bumpass hit the brakes as he approached a stop sign. Robinson, a standing passenger on the bus, fell backward and broke her leg. Robinson sued WMATA, claiming that Bumpass violated WMATA’s standard operating p...

Bauer v. Mavi Marmara
Date: December 19, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Neutrality Act, 18 U.S.C. 962, passed in 1794, is generally recognized as the first instance of municipal legislation in support of the obligations of neutrality. The Act makes it unlawful to furnish, fit out, or arm...

CSX Transportation v. STB
Date: December 16, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: TPI filed a rate complaint with the STB, alleging that numerous CSX common carrier rates were unreasonable and CSX moved for an expedited procedure with respect to questions related to market dominance. The Board granted...

Hairston v. Vance-Cooks
Date: December 16, 2014
Docket Number: 13-5038

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his employer, the GPO, alleging unlawful discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq. The district court granted summary j...

Holland v. Bibeau Construction Co.
Date: December 16, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7093

Justia Opinion Summary: Bibeau appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment and order directing it, as a related person to a disabled miner's former employer, to pay health insurance premiums, interest, and liquidated damages to the...

Metz v. BAE Sys. Tech.
Date: December 16, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7154

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that BAE had tortiously interfered with his at-will employment arrangement in violation of District of Columbia law. Plaintiff filed a diversity case in federal district court but would like...

Russell v. Harman Int'l Indus.
Date: December 12, 2014
Docket Number: 13-7095

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action suit against his former employer, Harman, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., alleging that Harman breached its fiduciary duties by making fal...

Assoc. Builders and Contractors v. Shiu
Date: December 12, 2014
Docket Number: 14-5076

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a trade group representing federal contractors, filed suit challenging the Department's revision of regulations requiring contractors to extend an invitation to job applicants to advise the contractor whether...

Louisiana Public Service Comm'n v. FERC
Date: December 5, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: LaPSC sought review of FERC's order denying refunds to certain Louisiana-based utility companies for payments they made pursuant to a cost classification later found to be unjust and unreasonable. In denying LaPSC's refu...

Midland Power Cooperative v. FERC
Date: December 2, 2014
Docket Number: 13-1184

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sought review of an order issued by FERC directing Midland, an Iowa electric utility, to reconnect to a wind generator within its territory. Because FERC never purported to adopt a general rule on disconnecti...

United States v. Williams
Date: December 2, 2014
Docket Number: 13-3034

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for four counts related to his role in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress evidence of...

Amador County, CA v. Dept. of the Interior
Date: December 2, 2014
Docket Number: 13-5245

Justia Opinion Summary: The County filed suit against the Department, challenging the Secretary's approval of a gaming compact between the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians and the State of California. The Tribe sought to intervene after...