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This week's show examines two high court cases, one from the California Supreme Court, and one from the country's court of last resort.
Laura Arnold, Riverside County Deputy Public Defender, joins us to discuss the California decision, rendered Monday, in which the state high court furthered defined the contours of Prop 47 by ruling that stolen items that have no legal market - here, purloined credit card information - nonetheless can be valuated by the traditional fair market value principles courts apply in other cases, where pilfered items can potentially be sold above board. That's, of course, important, as offenses falling under Prop 47 that involve less than $950 may not be punished as felonies. That court's decision, a unanimous one, adopts a practice followed by many other states. Ms. Arnold explains why this approach best follows the letter and purpose of the voter initiative passed in 2014.
Then, Matthew Blackburn, a partner with Diamond McCarthy LLC, will chat about a prominent patent case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. There, though the question presented is a technical one pertaining to how liberally venue rules should be construed, the answer to the question is massively important, judging from the 30+ amicus briefs that flooded the court in the past months. As patent suits are tending to funnel into just a handful of federal district court around the country in recent years, questions of venue have become more critical, and more tenaciously litigated. Mr. Blackburn will explain why SCOTUS should follow what has become Federal Circuit common practice, and construe patent venue rules more liberally than the petitioners here contend is proper.
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