Monday, May 04, 2009

U.S. v. Park Place Assocs. (9th Cir. - April 22, 2009)

Did you know that the United States once (and recently, at that) owned and operated a casino in Los Angeles? It did.

The resulting litigation has been a byzantine nightmare. The latest installment of which is this opinion by the Ninth Circuit.

But fear not. There will be more.

The case is a good reason to pay attention in your upper-year class on Federal Courts. Because the stuff is incredibly, incredibly complicated. As well as exceptionally valuable. Here, it's a $100+ million issue.

So think about that the next time you're considering blowing off class and/or skimming those difficult Ninth Circuit opinions. Sometimes, this stuff matters. A ton.