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July 09, 2010 FindLaw.com Daily Opinion Summaries Newsletter

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Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus, Sentencing
• In re Watford

Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
• Reeves v. MV Transp. Inc.

Contracts, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Drugs & Biotech
• Molecular Analytical Sys. v. Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc.

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LATEST SUMMARIES

Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus, Sentencing
In re Watford
Defendant's petition for habeas relief challenging his conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, claiming that he cannot be held for failing to register because the predicate sex offense has been vacated and will not be retried, is denied as the dismissal of defendant's predicate Massachusetts offense after he was convicted of violating section 290 in California is no defense to his registration conviction. Read more...

Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
Reeves v. MV Transp. Inc.
In plaintiff's age discrimination suit against a company, claiming that he was not selected for an interview and not hired for a staff attorney position because he was 56 years old, trial court's grant of defendant's motion for summary judgment is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff's qualifications were not so superior to those of the person selected as to make the selection of that person unreasonable as required for a credentials-based finding of pretext; 2) defendant did not offer inconsistent justifications for the hiring decision; and 3) spoliation alone does not create a triable issue. Read more...





Contracts, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Drugs & Biotech
Molecular Analytical Sys. v. Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc.
In plaintiff's suit for breach of contract and other claims, involving licensing of technology rights and assignment of those rights, trial court's denial of defendant's motion to compel arbitration is reversed and remanded with instructions to enter a new and different order granting defendant's motion to compel arbitration where: 1) plaintiff cannot avoid arbitrating its claims against the signatory defendant because those claims are within the reach of the arbitration clause; and 2) plaintiff cannot avoid arbitrating its claims against the nonsignatory defendant because those claims are inextricably bound up with the obligations arising out of the agreement containing the arbitration clause. Read more...
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