Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yahoo! v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme Et L'Antisemitisme (9th Cir. - Jan. 12, 2006)

I love America. God, I love America.

This is an en banc opinion in a high-profile case. It's an exceptionally long, and important, opinion. But I'm just going to make the briefest of comments.

The court votes 8-3 that there's personal jurisdiction over the defendant. The court votes 5-3 that the case is ripe for adjudication.

So, given these holdings, what does the en banc court do? Reverses the district court and remands with instructions to dismiss the case. Get it?

Check out the entire set of opinions -- or, at a minimum, the one-paragraph per curiam -- for a look at how the court reaches such a seemingly anomolous result. (103 pages of single-spaced text for the whole thing!)

God, I love America.