Friday, November 16, 2007

Sprint Assets PCS v. City of Palos Verdes (9th Cir. - Nov. 16, 12007)

Ninth Circuit (on May 8th): "Hey, this is a tough state law issue. Help us out on it, California Supreme Court. Here's our question for you: . . . ."

California Supreme Court (on August 7th): "Ugh. Do you really have to bother us? Didn't you guys answer that question for yourself -- in another case involving a different panel -- back in March and June?"

Ninth Circuit (today): "Uh, no. That was a federal law case. This is a state law issue. That's a pretty simple distinction. Get it? Now, seriously: Please answer our question."

We'll see how this scintillating dialogue continues over the next year or so.