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In a partial dissent from a decision handing Google, Apple, AOL and Yahoo a win in a patent infringement suit, a Federal Circuit judge on Friday slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision, expressing frustration with its definitions of “abstract ideas” and “inventive concepts.”
A Texas appeals court on Thursday ordered a trial court to dial back its overbroad discovery order against Toyota in a suit launched by the parents of two children who were injured by front seats in a Lexus that collapsed backward in a rear-end collision.
A split D.C. Circuit panel reversed a lower court’s ruling that a federal statute governing Amtrak’s regulatory authority over its competitors was unconstitutional, saying that by severing an arbitration clause in the statute, Amtrak’s regulatory proposals could be overruled by a federal transportation agency.
In a brief filed before the full Seventh Circuit reconsiders whether to uphold a national injunction barring the Trump administration from imposing new, immigration-focused grant conditions, the U.S. Department of Justice argued that the court should have limited the injunction to Chicago.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule for so-called “exceptional events,” like wildfires and volcanic eruptions, rejecting environmental advocates’ contention that the rule would let the agency write off human-caused pollution as natural activity.