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Statutory Interpretation

In the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011, 35 U. S. C. §100 et seq., Congress created the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and established three new types of administrative proceedings before the Board that allow a “person” other than the patent owner to challenge the validity of a patent post-issuance.

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Duty to Defend

Konecranes, Inc., Brian Angelroth, and Michael Carroll (collectively, “Konecranes”) appeal from judgments of the circuit court, entered on orders following a jury’s verdict, against Konecranes in favor of plaintiff Bradley Moore and third-party defendant Badger Alloys, Inc.

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Due Process Violation – Collective Bargaining Agreements

We have consolidated two appeals that pose a common question: whether persons who contend that air carriers have violated state law by using biometric identification in the workplace must present these contentions to an adjustment board under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), 45 U.S.C. §§ 151–88, which applies to air carriers as well as railroads.

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ADA Violation

Mark Richardson, a former Chicago Transit Authority (“CTA”) bus operator, alleged CTA took adverse action against him because of his extreme obesity in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101–12213, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”), Pub. L. No. 110-325, 122 Stat. 3553.

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8th Amendment Violation

Leonte Williams, an inmate in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections, sued a number of prison officials under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that they violated his Eighth Amendment rights by providing inadequate nutrition through a “brunch” program that served only two meals a day.

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