Bank Exposure on Fraudulent Document Issues Still Active, Dangerous

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 11:35 am

Just because state and federal regulators reached a settlement with banks over foreclosure fraud – we think – doesn’t mean that the banks have rid themselves of their liabilities, even on these foreclosure fraud-related issues. A settlement cannot stop court rulings, to use one example. In Massachusetts, a new ruling by the state Supreme Court [...]

Montana Supreme Court Challenges Citizens United, Rules for State Corporate Contribution Limit

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 1:36 pm

So this is interesting. The Montana Supreme Court basically threw down a challenge to the US Supreme Court to revisit the Citizens United decision, by upholding a state law that mandates corporate contribution limits. Montana voters in 1912 passed an initiative barring direct corporate contributions to political candidates and parties — a law that, like [...]

Wisconsin Prosecutor Formally Requests Re-Opening of Lawsuit Against Anti-Union Law

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 12:36 pm

Last week we heard that Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was considering asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to re-hear a case against violations of the open meeting requirements in the state’s anti-union law. The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation of Michael Gableman, the Supreme [...]

Wisconsin DA May Ask State Supreme Court to Re-Hear Union Law Case, After Gableman Revelations

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 11:36 am

On Tuesday, I brought you the story of Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, who ruled on several cases in recent years where one of the parties was represented by a law firm that provided him with thousands of dollars free legal services. Gableman never recused himself in the cases, and he now is under [...]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ruled on Cases Prosecuted By Law Firm that Gave Him Free Legal Services

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 6:55 am

When Democrats in Wisconsin launched a recall campaign against Scott Walker, they also began gathering signatures for recalls of four state Senators, hoping to flip one seat and capture a majority in the upper house of the legislature. Organizers in one of those four districts announced that they have obtained enough signatures to force a [...]

Arizona Supreme Court Rebukes Brewer, Reinstates Independent Redistricting Commissioner

By: Friday November 18, 2011 7:35 am

A couple weeks back, Arizona Republicans impeached an independent redistricting commissioner because they didn’t like the maps she helped draw. One would think that cuts against the entire concept of “independent” redistricting. And according to the Arizona Supreme Court, one would be right. The Arizona Supreme Court Thursday evening reinstated the chairwoman of the Arizona [...]

CA Supremes: Prop 8 Defendant-Intervenors Have Standing to Appeal

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 12:32 pm

The California Supreme Court ruled today unanimously that defendant-intervenors like have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling invalidating the ballot initiative and legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The key bit from the ruling, which is available here, is this: In response to the question submitted by the Ninth Circuit, we conclude, for [...]

Massachusetts Supreme Court Blows Whistle on How the Banks Broke the Housing Market

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 11:03 am

I should have given the Bevilacqua case a bit more attention yesterday rather than sticking it in the Roundup. It represents the nightmare scenario we all expected to come to pass. The highest court in Massachusetts ruled that a homeowner who bought a foreclosure that hadn’t been properly conducted by the foreclosing bank in 2006 [...]

Goodwin Liu Nominated to California Supreme Court

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 11:40 am

Finally, some good news. Gov. Jerry Brown today nominated University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu, 40, withdrew his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in May after Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation. “Professor Liu is an extraordinary man and a distinguished [...]

Wisconsin: In Prosser Choking Allegation, Both Sides Digging In

By: Monday June 27, 2011 6:17 am

The allegation that Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser grabbed a colleague by the neck has devolved into a he said/she said. Prosser has denied choking Justice Ann Walsh Bradley prior to a ruling on the anti-union law, but Justice Bradley has confirmed the report. “The facts are that I was demanding that he [...]

Reports: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Prosser Choked Colleague Before Anti-Union Decision

By: Saturday June 25, 2011 11:36 am

David Prosser, just re-elected to another 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a tight election, allegedly “grabbed fellow Justice Ann Bradley Walsh by the neck” prior to the release of the hasty ruling on the anti-union bill, which the court eventually upheld. Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and [...]

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