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Empirical SCOTUS: Which Supreme Court cases are generating the most interest?

This Supreme Court term, like the past several before it, has been slow out of the gates. It also marks another term with a new justice – this time Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The justices often find consensus both early on in a term and after a largescale change, defining or redefining their jurisprudential boundaries only later. The justices have released five decisions in argued cases so far, all of them free even from concurrences. This is a new high count for unanimous decisions without a conc...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Alabama, Indiana, Pepper, United States, New York Times, Madison, Apple Inc, Hyatt, American Legion, Frank, John Roberts, Murphy, Weyerhaeuser


Thursday round-up

Briefly: At CNBC, Tucker Higgins reports that “Justice Brett Kavanaugh has only been on the bench for two months, but a controversial decision announced this week has abortion opponents starting to worry that he may not be the ally on the high court that they expected.” Lyle Denniston reports at Constitution Daily that “[a] group of Maryland Republican voters, claiming that they were penalized for supporting their party’s candidates in the polling booth, asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to ma...
Tags: Apple, Florida, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Montana, America, West Virginia, Pepper, United States, North Carolina, Cnbc, Round-up, Lyle Denniston, Greenwire, Gamble


Tuesday round-up

There are two oral arguments on the Supreme Court’s agenda today. The first is in Biestek v. Berryhill, in which the justices will consider social-security-benefits claimants’ ability to scrutinize the data on which benefits denials are based. David Super had this blog’s preview. Tyler Schmitt and Grace Brosofsky preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. This morning’s second case is Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, which asks whether the “on sale” bar to ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Court, Alabama, West Virginia, Bloomberg, Indiana, Ap, Pepper, United States, North Dakota, SEC, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal


Thursday round-up

For this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court, Amy Howe covers yesterday’s oral argument in Timbs v. Indiana, in which the justices considered whether the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to the states. Robert Barnes reports for The Washington Post that the question “seemed to strike the Supreme Court … as something of a constitutional no-brainer,” and that the justices “seemed more than ready to rule for Tyson Timbs of Marion, Ind., who had his $42,0...
Tags: Apple, Usa, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Court, Bloomberg, Indiana, Pepper, New York Times, Fca, Rover, Npr, Oklahoma


These spice shakers embody the literal beauty of seasons and seasoning!

The Four Seasons shakers are quite literally perfection. Capturing four different types of seasoning, and embodying them in snow-globe-esque containers, Qualy Design’s Four Seasons shakers are just simply clever and adorable at the same time. Not only are they well designed, the absolutely witty wordplay makes the product even more lovable!You’ve got four shakers that embody four different seasons, and hold four different seasonings. Designed for salt, pepper, dried herbs, and chili flakes, th...
Tags: Deals, Kitchen, Design, Pepper, Herbs, Salt, Four Seasons, Popular, Spice, Product Design, Oregano, Tableware, Shaker, Chili Flakes, Qualy Design


Supreme Court looks ready to let customers sue Apple for abusing its App Store monopoly

The Supreme Court hearing on Pepper v Apple has not gone well for Apple; the Supremes are considering whether App Store customers are entitled to sue Apple over its monopoly control over the Ios App Store. The plaintiffs say that Apple's 30% commission and control over pricing (exerted through search ranking and other mechanisms) raise prices on apps, and that they should be entitled to sue Apple for the additional expense its customers bear due to this monopolistic control. The framing is ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Post, Business, News, Supreme Court, Scotus, US, Reagan, Pepper, App Stores, App Store, Wall, Supremes, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor


Tuesday round-up

There are two oral arguments on the Supreme Court’s agenda today. The first is in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, which involves the timeliness of an appeal from a denial of class-action certification. Howard Wasserman previewed the case for this blog. Amanda Wong and Jared Ham have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Next is Carpenter v. Murphy, a capital case in which the justices will decide whether Congress has disestablished the boundaries of an Indian reservation...
Tags: Apple, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Virginia, Bloomberg, Indiana, Pepper, Atlantic, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, Warren, Oklahoma


Argument transcripts

The transcript of oral argument in Apple Inc. v. Pepper is available on the Supreme Court’s website; the transcript in Nieves v. Bartlett is also available.   The post Argument transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Pepper, Apple Inc, Bartlett, Merits Cases, Nieves


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court begins its December sitting with oral arguments in two cases. The first is Apple v. Pepper, in which the justices will consider whether IPhone-app purchasers can bring an antitrust suit against Apple. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog, in a post that was first published at Howe on the Court. Basem Besada and Isaac Idicula preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, and SubscriptLaw offers a graphic explainer. This morning’s second...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Nbc News, Cnn, Pepper, New York Times, The Washington Post, Cornell, Trump, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Robert Barnes, The Supreme Court, Howe, Adam Liptak


This week at the court

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, November 27. On Monday, the justices hear oral argument in Apple Inc. v. Pepper and Nieves v. Bartlett. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral argument in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert and Carpenter v. Murphy. On Wednesday, the justices hear oral argument in Timbs v. Indiana. On Friday, the justices meet for their November 30 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, Indiana, Pepper, Apple Inc, Murphy, Carpenter, Lambert, Bartlett, This Week at the Court, Nieves, Timbs, Nutraceutical Corp


A Brief History of Pepper Potts’ Rescue Armor, Which May or May Not Be in ‘Avengers 4’

In the year of a thousand years — also known as 2018 — you’d be forgiven if you’d already forgotten Avengers: Infinity War came out in April. Somehow that seems impossible. Surely it came out last year? Or the year before? But no. There will only be slightly over a year between when Infinity War hit theaters and when Avengers 4: Avenger Harder (not the official title, but we can dream) drops on May 3, 2019. Of course, that doesn’t mean details are easy to come by. When your film ends on one of...
Tags: Movies, Disney, America, Earth, Features, Pepper, Taipei, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony, Paltrow, Tom Holland, Potts, MCU, Matt Fraction


Event announcement: Georgetown panel on Apple v. Pepper

On Tuesday, October 30, at 12 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law will host a panel entitled “Digital Platforms & The Right to Sue: A Discussion of the Supreme Court Case Apple v. Pepper.” The event includes a debate between Noreen Krall and Mark Rifkin, counsel for the petitioner and the respondent, respectively. A panel that follows includes David Ashton, Rich Parker, Morgan Reed and Sandeep Vaheesan; the panel will be moderated by Amy Howe...
Tags: Apple, Law, Washington, Pepper, Georgetown, Institute, Amy Howe, Mark Rifkin, Georgetown Law, Event Announcements, Sandeep Vaheesan, Institute for Technology Law Policy, Supreme Court Case Apple, Noreen Krall, David Ashton Rich Parker Morgan Reed


Supreme Court roundup

“The Supreme Court should…reaffirm that the Constitution’s prohibition against ex post facto lawmaking forbids states from skirting constitutional scrutiny by simply labeling penalties as ‘civil'” [Ilya Shapiro and Nathan Harvey on Cato certiorari brief in Bethea v. North Carolina] Interesting: arguments that might work for progressive litigation outcomes in a more conservative Supreme Court [Daniel Hemel, Take Care] Notable cert grants: continued viability of Illinois Brick indirect pur...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Uncategorized, Pepper, Homeland Security, Department Of Homeland Security, Constitutional Law, Cato, Peter Phillips, Henry Schein Inc, Bartlett, Eugene Volokh, Gundy


Room Service by Robot and Other Ways Tech Is Changing the Hotel Stay

More days than not, Michael Colaneri’s home is a hotel room. So innovations like “geolocation” sensors that automatically unlock his room door and adjust the thermostat when he’s nearby make the constant change easier—sometimes.“My experience has been exceptionally inconsistent,” he says. “When it’s worked, it’s really great, cool, and so efficient to the point where they’ve spoiled me rotten. … When it doesn’t work, it does more damage than not having it at all.”Colaneri has a particularly ins...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Spotify, New York, Hotels, Softbank, Funding, Trends, Investment, Analytics, It, Vc, Software, Sensors, Pepper


The UK Invited a Robot To 'Give Evidence' In Parliament For Attention

"The UK Parliament caused a bit of a stir this week with the news that it would play host to its first non-human witness," reports The Verge. "A press release from one of Parliament's select committees (groups of MPs who investigate an issue and report back to their peers) said it had invited Pepper the robot to 'answer questions' on the impact of AI on the labor market." From the report: "Pepper is part of an international research project developing the world's first culturally aware robots ai...
Tags: UK, Tech, Pepper, Parliament, Committee, Middlesex University, Alexa, Education Committee, Robert Halfon, Twitter Pepper, MIT Technology Review Modern, Having Pepper


United States: Solicitor General, States Weigh In On Apple Supreme Court Case - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear Apple Inc. v. Pepper, a major case involving antitrust standing, interested parties across the political spectrum are weighing in with their ideas of how the case should be resolved.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Pepper, United States, Apple Inc, Tyler LLP, Apple Supreme Court Case Patterson Belknap Webb


Court releases December calendar

Today the Supreme Court released the oral argument calendar for its December sitting, which begins on Monday, November 26. The December sitting contains some of the highest-profile cases granted (at least so far) for this term, including Apple v. Pepper, in which the justices will consider whether customers who purchased iPhone apps from Apple’s App Store can bring an antitrust case against Apple; Timbs v. Indiana, in which the justices will determine whether the Constitution’s ban on excessive ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Court, West Virginia, Indiana, Pepper, United States, SEC, Oklahoma, Creek Nation, Murphy, Gamble, Howe, Carpenter, Lambert


SoftBank Taps Affectiva to Boost Pepper Robot’s Emotional IQ

Teaching robots to recognize human emotions and react appropriately is one of the grandest ambitions in robotics. Companies have made progress on this front in recent years, thanks in part to advances in machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition, and related technologies. But there is a long way to go.Now, one of the big players in the field, SoftBank Robotics, is turning to a Boston startup to boost the “emotional intelligence” of its humanoid robot, Pepper. SoftBank Robotics said ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Boston, Softbank, Trends, Tech, Software, Pepper, ARM, Horizon Ventures, Boston Dynamics, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Jibo, Alphabet


Empirical SCOTUS: The big business court

The current Supreme Court is friendly toward big business. How friendly? If the court’s trajectory continues, perhaps as friendly as any court dating back to the Lochner era, when laissez-faire policies permeated the court’s rulings. Prominent scholars, most notably Lee Epstein, William Landes and Richard Posner, have found empirical support for the proposition that the current court is more pro-business than previous iterations. (That study was recently updated through the 2015 term.) This post...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Wall Street, Los Angeles, ExxonMobil, Pepper, South Dakota, Citizens United, Archer, Warren, Exxon, Kennedy, Paul Clement, Securities And Exchange Commission


HSBC Hires Pepper the Robot at Bank of the Future

HSBC is now the first bank in North America to deploy SoftBank’s Pepper robot as a digital greeter. HSBC Bank USA , N.A. and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA), the North American arm of SoftBank Robotics Group, have partnered to bring Pepper, the engaging, social humanoid robot, to HSBC’s bank branches. Premiering at HSBC’s Fifth Avenue branch in New York , customers will be greeted starting this week by Pepper, who will be standing ready to answer questions and provide a memorable banking exp...
Tags: Europe, Japan, New York, Technology, France, Softbank, New York City, Uncategorized, Advertising, Toronto, Customer Experience, Banking, Pepper, Canada, Hsbc, Fifth Avenue


Pepper the robot is now working at a bank in New York City

Pepper the robot has been given a variety of customer-facing roles in its three-year existence, admittedly with varying degrees of success. Now HSBC is hiring it to perform tasks at its flagship branch in Manhattan, New York City. The post Pepper the robot is now working at a bank in New York City appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, New York City, Trends, Pepper, Hsbc, Robotics, Robot, Emerging Tech, Manhattan New York City


Pepper the robot gets a job at HSBC Bank in New York

Starting today, customers at HSBC’s New York City flagship will be greeted by a friendly humanoid face. The bank’s Fifth Avenue location is employing Pepper, the customer service ‘bot that has become the face of Softbank’s growing robotics wing in recent years. In the few years it’s been available, Pepper has held a veritable factotum of different gigs, from airport greeter, to shopping mall info desk staffer. The robot has held even more roles in its native Japan, finally grabbing some temp...
Tags: Japan, New York, Softbank, New York City, Tech, Pepper, Hsbc, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Pablo Sanchez, HSBC Bank


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday the justices issued five opinions, deciding two high-profile partisan-gerrymandering cases, in both of which they avoided a ruling on the merits. In Gill v. Whitford, the justices held unanimously that the challengers to Wisconsin’s legislative map did not show that they had standing to challenge the map on a statewide basis; by a vote of 7-2, the court sent the case back to the lower courts so that the challengers could attempt to make that showing. And in Benisek v. Lamone, the court...
Tags: Apple, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, Bloomberg, Cnn, Chicago, Pepper, Atlantic, United States, New York Times, Wisconsin, Fox News


With the App Store monopoly case, the Supreme Court could reverse decades of frustrated antitrust enforcement

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear Apple Inc. v. Pepper, in which the plaintiffs argue that Apple has established a monopoly over apps for Ios (this part is actually incontrovertible, as Apple has used both technology and law to prevent rival app stores from operating), and that Iphone and Ipad owners have a right to ask the government to break up this monopoly (that's the controversial part). (more…)
Tags: Apple, Ios, Post, Business, News, Supreme Court, Law, Tech, Pepper, App Stores, Antitrust, Dmca, 1201, Apple Inc, War On General Purpose Computing, CFAA


The Supreme Court Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly

The Supreme Court will review a 2011 class-action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of operating an illegal monopoly by not allowing iPhone users to download mobile apps outside of its own App Store, reducing consumer choice. The case, being referred to as Apple Inc. v. Pepper., could have wide-reaching implications for consumers as well as other companies like Amazon. Wired reports: The dispute is over whether Apple, by charging app developers a 30 percent commission fee and only allo...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Tech, Pepper, App Store, Illinois, Apple Inc, Trump, Amazon Wired, Illinois Brick Co, Illinois Brick Doctrine


The Pepper v. Apple Supreme Court Case Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly

*Apple Inc. v. Pepper* could have wide-reaching implications not only for the Cupertino giant, but also for other companies like Amazon.
Tags: Apple, Business, Pepper, Cupertino, Apple Inc, Apple Supreme Court


Petitions to watch | Conference of June 14

In its conference of June 14, 2018, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act prohibits the National Park Service from exercising regulatory control over state, native corporation and private land physically located within the boundaries of the national park system in Alaska; whether a misstatement claim that does not meet the elements set forth in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders can be repackaged ...
Tags: Hope, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Indiana, Pepper, United States, Idaho, Alaska, Evans, Graham, Jordan, Connor, Louisiana


Relist Watch: Just the facts

John Elwood provides an unadorned roll of Monday’s relists.   New Relists Arlene’s Flowers Inc v. Washington, 17-108 Issues: (1) Whether the creation and sale of custom floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding ceremony is artistic expression, and, if so, whether compelling their creation violates the free speech clause; and (2) whether the compelled creation and sale of custom floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding and attendance of that wedding against one’s religious beliefs violates the...
Tags: Hope, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Indiana, Pepper, United States, Idaho, Alaska, Miami, Evans, Graham, Jordan, Connor


Gunman holding 4 kids hostage in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man who police say shot an officer then barricaded himself in an apartment with four children was being urged Monday to release the hostages and peacefully end a standoff that had lasted more than 12 hours.Police negotiators have communicated with suspect Gary Lindsey five times since the standoff at an apartment started around midnight Sunday, Chief John Mina said at a news conference."We are urging him to release the children and let this come to a peaceful resolution," ...
Tags: Florida, News, Court, Pepper, Valencia, Orlando Fla, Lindsey, Orlando Sentinel, Mina, John Mina, Gary Lindsey, Kevin Valencia, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Judy Pepper


Price Check on Aisle 3: Retailers Turn to Robots to Manage Inventory

Inventory management is crucial to operating a successful retail operation. And as hard as it may be to believe, retailers “don’t really know what’s on the shelves,” says Sarjoun Skaff, founder and CTO of Bossa Nova Robotics. A combination of the sheer number of products a retailer like Walmart has on offer and the pace of 24/7 shopping makes it very difficult to maintain real-time inventories. “If it isn’t on the shelf, the shopper can’t buy it,” Skaff adds. Bossa Nova, along with San Fr...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Australia, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Investment, Walmart, E-commerce, Web, Analytics, People, Online, Software, Pepper, Innovation