Constitutional Implications of California’s COVID-19 Quarantine Orders

May 21, 2020. In social media, news, and among friends, COVID-19 has been a consuming, if not exhausting topic of conversation. We’ve all shared inconveniences relating to departures from normal routines with stores, masks, out-of-school kids, etc. My questions, however, are about fundamental differences in legal interactions between governments, police,…

Supreme Court: Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC

The Supreme Court recently agreed to decide whether inter partes review, a post-issuance proceeding introduced by the America Invents Act ("AIA"), violated the Constitution. The constitutional challenge alleged that the inter partes review process ("IPR") violated the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article III federal court and…

SCOTUS SPOTLIGHT: In a Victory for the 1st Amendment, Supreme Court Rules Trademark Office Cannot Refuse to Register Offensive Marks

June 19, 2017. In Matal v. Tam, SCOTUS was asked to decide whether an Asian-American band name, “The Slants” was prohibited from attaining a federal trademark registration. The Lanham Act statute in question, 15 USC 1052(a), prohibits registration of trademarks which may be disparaging, bring contempt or disrepute to any…