“A White Buffalo”

One lawyer calls a sexual harassment class action trial as rare as “a white buffalo.” “So many cases are settled that trials are never seen. Or almost never. A federal court in Chicago is preparing for a white-buffalo sighting. On April 28, the Chicago district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is scheduled to try its largest case since it settled a sexual harassment complaint against Mitsubishi five years ago for $34 million,” The National Law Journal reports here.

Race at Issue in Opening Arguments of Gun Industry Trial

The NAACP is the plaintiff in a suit seeking injunctive relief against gun manufacturers and distributors in Federal court in New York. The interesting case seeks to show that guns have a disproportionate adverse impact on African Americans, and seeks court-ordered regulation of the industry to minimize the harm, according to this.

Oral Argument Tuesday At Supreme Court re: Michigan Affirmative Action Case

SCOTUSBlog has comprehensive pre-argument coverage (and lots of links) here. The Court will make audio tape of the oral arguments accessible to the media within hours of the arguments. This is only the second time in history this has happened — the other being Bush v. Gore. UPDATE: The New York Times reports that today’s arguments seemed to have gone well for proponents of affirmative action here. Dahlia Lithwick of Slate also reports on the arguments here.

Philip Morris: Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy

“Philip Morris is warning a downstate Illinois judge could force it into bankruptcy, jeopardizing billions of dollars in tobacco settlement money set to go to cash-strapped states through 2025. Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron earlier this month ordered the nation’s biggest cigarette-maker to post a $12 billion appeal bond to cover a $10.1 billion judgment, plus interest, during the appeals process. The bond is more than twice the company’s $5 billion operating income for last year,” UPI reports here.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Sex Crime Limits

“The Supreme Court took up the subject of old sex crimes Monday in a case that could determine when statutes of limitations can be erased and prosecutions begun. . . . The justices are considering whether California violated the constitutional rights of a man by prosecuting him in 2001 on charges of molesting his daughters that began almost 50 years ago,” the AP reports here.

Stogner v. California

“On Monday, March 31, the [U.S. Supreme] Court will hear arguments in Marion R. Stogner v. California, No. 01-1757. Marion Stogner was 70 years old when he was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing two children up to 50 years prior to his arrest. Police uncovered evidence of the abuse while investigating claims of sexual abuse against his children, and charged him under Cal. Penal Code � 803(g), which provides for prosecution of child molestation charges for up to one year from the time that the adult victim reports the conduct to the authorities, regardless of the time that the actual molestation is alleged to have occurred.” The case has potentially widespread ramifications for statutes of limitations — and raises issues of first impression for the Supreme Court. Read all about it on SCOTUSBlog here.

Snoop’s Pimp Slapp’n Suit

“A California man who left a message on Snoop Dogg’s home answering machine bashing the rapper’s ex-boss and nemesis, hip-hop kingpin Marion “Suge” Knight, has filed a lawsuit against Snoop for including the taped recording on a track called ‘Pimp Slapp’d’ off Snoop’s Paid Tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. The man claims the inclusion of the track on the 2002 album has put his life in jeopardy,” it says here.