A ban on distributing Yellow Pages throughout Seattle was struck down Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in The City, under First Amendment protections. The ruling could affect San Francisco’s own ordinance.
A similar ban was approved here in 2011, but the legislation has not been enforced pending the outcome of the Seattle ban, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco declined today to reconsider a ruling striking down Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The action by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the next and final stop for the case is an appeal by the measure’s sponsors to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The voter initiative’s sponsors and their committee, Protect Marriage, vowed an immediate appeal. Read More
Public radio and TV stations can now air political and “public issue” advertisements, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a case affecting a tiny San Francisco TV station.In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court argued that a law banning such advertisements violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by placing too great a restriction on speech without serving a substantial government interest. Read More
Lawyers for 46 minority students and a civil-rights group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to allow them to go forward with their challenge to a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in University of California system admissions.“We’re asking that you give the students in this case their day in court,” attorney Shanta Driver on Monday told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday turned down a bid by two same-sex couples to allow gay marriages to resume in California while their legal case is pending.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order turning down the couples’ request that the panel lift a stay of a lower court ruling that allowed same-sex marriages. Read More
A federal appeals court ruled in San Francisco today that Levi Strauss is entitled to a second try on its claim that Abercrombie & Fitch weakened the value of the trademark arch pattern on the back pocket of Levi's blue jeans.San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. claimed in a federal lawsuit filed in 2007 that Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. diluted its trademark by adopting a similar pattern on its own blue jeans. Read More