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NBC: By a unanimous vote, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nation’s first openly gay federal circuit judge. The vote was 98-0 to approve Todd Hughes, previously a Department of Justice lawyer, to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
American Freedom Law Center: The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed its opening brief today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, asking the court to overturn the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board’s (TTAB) denial of the trademark application for “Stop Islamisation of America” and “SIOA.”
Blog of the Legal Times: The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved Todd Hughes as a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as four other district court judge nominees.
Blog of the Legal Times: The Senate unanimously confirmed Washington lawyer Richard Taranto to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday, more than 17 months after he was first nominated for the position and more than a year after his confirmation hearing.
Reuters: President Barack Obama nominated Thursday an openly gay attorney to serve on the U.S. appeals court for patent cases after a previous gay nominee for that court stalled.
Reuters: President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated two government attorneys to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Blog of the Legal Times: Those nominees – Richard Taranto for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Robert Bacharach for the Tenth Circuit and William Kayatta Jr. for the First Circuit – all had their nominations languish in the full Senate, never getting a confirmation vote for months. To continue to be considered, the White House had to renominate them this session.
Blog of the Legal Times: This morning marked a reunion of sorts for the parties involved in a controversial dispute over whether isolated human genes are patentable. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled last year that they are, but was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to take another look in light of new, possibly related precedent.
Hispanic National Bar Association: By a vote of 86-0, this afternoon the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Jimmie V. Reyna to serve as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Mr. Reyna will be the first Latino to serve on the CAFC.
Blog of the Legal Times: Williams Mullen partner Jimmie Reyna is scheduled to get a Senate vote today on his nomination for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
LifeNews: “Demonstrating allegiance to the pro-abortion agenda, Stephen Six successfully captured the attention of President Obama and recently received a judicial nomination to the Federal Appeals Court. That’s bad news for America and here’s why: Mr. Six is notorious for using political powers to protect the abortion industry.”
Orin Kerr writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Nineteen judicial nominees have been confirmed in the last week. By my count, those nineteen confirmations include five circuit court confirmations: 1) Mary Murguia for the Ninth Circuit; 2) Scott Matheson Jr. for the Tenth Circuit; 3) Kathleen O’Malley for the Federal Circuit; 4) Raymond Lohier Jr. for the Second Circuit; and 5) Albert Diaz for the Fourth Circuit.”
Law.com: “President Barack Obama’s recent nomination of Jimmie Reyna for one of three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit covers all open slots and adds a candidate with deep international trade expertise. But court watchers expect that at least two of the confirmations to the 12-judge court, including Reyna’s, will stretch into next year.”
White House: “Today, President Obama nominated Caitlin Halligan for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Jimmie V. Reyna to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit . . . ”
The Blog of LegalTimes: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has just upheld lower court findings that reject a causal connection between childhood vaccines and the onset of autism. The ruling came in Cedillo v. Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Law.com: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that a religious organization that primarily holds Internet and radio worship services does not meet the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s definition of a church.”
Foundation of Human Understanding v. United States, No. 2009-5129 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 16, 2010) | Google Viewer
Foundation of Human Understanding v. United States, No. 2009-5129 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 16, 2010) | Google Viewer | The Foundation of Human Understanding (“the Foundation”), which describes itself as “based upon Judeo-Christian beliefs and the doctrine and teachings of its founder, Roy Masters,” challenges a decision of the United States Court of Federal Claims that the Foundation did not qualify as a “church” under section 170(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code (“I.R.C.”), 26 U.S.C. § 170(b)(1)(A)(i), for the period from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 2000. We affirm.
President Obama Nominates Edward C. DuMont for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
White House: “Today, President Obama nominated Edward C. DuMont to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. DuMont is currently a partner in the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale).”
Eugene Volokh writing at the Volokh Conspiracy: Ed DuMont Nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The National Law Journal (Law.com): “Three nominees for federal appellate judgeships have hardly been living hand-to-mouth, and one who’s married to a Big Law partner has a net worth of $4.5 million, according to newly released disclosure reports.”
WhiteHouse.gov: “Today, President Obama nominated Raymond Lohier, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Kate O’Malley to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Lohier currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; O’Malley currently serves as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.”"
Law.com (The Recorder): “San Jose, Calif.-based U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel is on the White House short list for the open spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, according to a person briefed on the matter. The opening came when Judge Alvin ‘Tony’ Schall announced in August that he would take senior status.”
Pamela A. McClean writes on the National Law Journal: he fate of high-stakes legal battles over intellectual property law is the prize for those in the early jockeying to fill looming vacancies for as many as half of the 12 judges …
“The ‘youngest’ of the federal appellate courts soon will be showing its age as two-thirds of its members qualify for retirement or senior status in the next two years, presenting a rare opportunity for the next president to shape that court.”