Evening links / May 13, 2013

Posted in Evening links by foiguy on May 13, 2013


  • Rock County’s district attorney has stopped referring defendants to the veterans court there. The Janesville Gazette broke the story. I followed up today for the Wisconsin Law Journal.
  • Johnson Controls is being sued for patent infringement. Here’s the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Madison.


  • Supreme Court justices apparently can’t decide whether to take up Elmbrook School District v. Doe. The court today did not announce a decision on the fate of the Wisconsin case, which is on appeal from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The court will again consider the case at its May 16 conference, according to SCOTUSblog. (David Savage wrote about the case on Saturday for the Chicago Tribune.)
  • Other major SCOTUS news: Monsanto prevailed today in its seed-patent case. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion for a unanimous court. NYT, WaPo, LATNPR. Two University of Wisconsin Law School professors – Shubha Ghosh and Peter Carstensen – co-authored an amicus brief in support of the farmer at the center of the case. Also, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation lead an amicus brief, which was joined by universities from around the United States.
  • USDOJ seized two months of AP phone records, the NYT reports this evening. The case is likely tied to a leak investigation. In a letter to AG Eric Holder, AP President Gary Pruitt said DOJ may have violated federal rules. “We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news,” Pruitt wrote.