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Human Responsibility, Not Personhood for Nonhuman Animals

Federalist Society White Paper
Richard L. Cupp July 15, 2015

This paper supports an emphasis on evolving standards of human responsibility for animals’ welfare, and critiques the concept of legal personhood for chimpanzees set forth in three lawsuits currently underway in New York state courts. All expression of opinion are those of the author....[Read Now!]

 

2014 Civil Justice Update

Federalist Society White Paper
Emily Kelchen April 22, 2015

This paper recaps important legal developments in the civil justice movement that occurred in 2014. Part I focuses on broad trends, Part II provides an overview of new legislation, and Part III highlights court cases from across the country that either strike down previously adopted reforms or adopt novel legal theories of interest to reformers....[Read Now!]

The BP Gulf Oil Spill Class Settlement: Redistributive “Justice”?

Federalist Society White Paper
John S. Baker, Jr. November 07, 2014

This White Paper discusses the litigation and class-action settlement resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The paper argues that the strange developments in the BP Class Settlement offer an appropriate occasion to consider the fundamental constitutional question raised by the creation of class settlements–as a distinct form of class action....[Read Now!]

EPA’s Section 111(d) Carbon Rule: What if States Just Said No?

Federalist Society White Paper
Peter Glaser, Carroll W. McGuffey, Hahnah Williams Gaines November 06, 2014
This White Paper discusses the latest proposal of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. In that proposal, promulgated under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA seeks to compel States to become the enablers of the Administration’s vision of what a “transformed”—and much more costly and unreliable—electric utility system should be.  The question is, what if States refuse to go along?  What if States refuse to give EPA the aggressive carbon-reduction plans the Agency is demanding?...[Read Now!]

Recent Decisions of the Supreme Court of North Carolina

State Courts White Paper
Adam Conrad, Robert T. Numbers, Bradley Lingo, Wm. Grayson Lambert September 16, 2014
Recent Decisions of the Supreme Court of North Carolina

This paper aims to inform North Carolinians about some of the important cases decided in recent years  by the state’s supreme court.  It discusses eight recent cases separated into four categories:  constitutional law, election law, business law, and criminal law.  Some of these cases highlight differences in judicial philosophy among members of the court....[Read Now!]