Latest Hot Cases: Balzaga v. Fox News (Hannity & Colmes); Wolfe v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and more

This month’s Hot Documents span the practice and the country. If you have commentary about any of these newsworthy cases, email us at and we’ll add it to the mix:


Balzaga v. Fox News (Hannity & Colmes)

 Appellant’s opening brief in suit against Fox News, which allegedly published a "wanted poster" created by a notorious minuteman, John Monti, containing the faces of all seven day laborers and claiming they were the subjects of a criminal "manhunt at the border." Contributor: Mitchell & Gilleon           

Federal, 5th Circuit, Louisiana Scott G. Wolfe, Jr. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board

Suit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana’s new rules governing lawyer advertising, alleged to infringe on the free speech rights of attorneys to engage in online activities such as blogging and online Q&A’s. Contributor: Wolfe Law Group

Federal, D.C. Circuit, D.C. EPIC v. Department of Justice; ACLU v. Department of Justice (Consolidated Cases)

Court Order for the DOJ to disclose legal memos authored by government lawyers relating to government wiretapping .Contributor: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Federal, 11th Circuit, Florida Federal Trade Commission v. Cyberspy Software, LLC et al.

Federal court order that CyberSpy Software stop selling malicious computer software. Contributor: Electronic Privacy Information Center

  • Commentary: Jolt Digest (companion to the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology)

Federal, 2nd Circuit, New York Union Square Partnership, Inc. v. Savitri Durkee

Answer and counterclaim in suit by Union Square Partnership seeking to shut down parody website pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,  asserting that the parody site infringes USP’s copyright.  Contributor: EFF

Federal, 2nd Circuit, New York LUPE, et al. v. FEMA

Suit against the FEMA for denying assistance to the poor following Hurricane Dolly. Contributor: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Federal, Federal Circuit, Not Applicable In Re Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw

Decision holding that business processes can be patented only if they are implemented by a machine or transformed something into a new or different thing. Contributor: EFF


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