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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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Striking down Long Island law targeting day laborers, 2nd Circuit splits on standing

It turns out that the 2nd Circuit’s opinion is noteworthy not just for those who care about civil rights, the First Amendment or Long Island immigration politics. The case, as I’ll explain, hinged on the constitutional standing of an immigrant advocacy group called The Workplace Project, which is based in a different Long Island town.

Aug 22 2017

Trump protest website visitors: We have constitutional right to use Internet anonymously

The right to speak anonymously is well-protected by the First Amendment, whether you express your opinions on the printed page or on the Internet. But what about the right to read anonymously on the Internet? That’s not as firmly enshrined in legal precedent, which is why five anonymous Internet users are asking to intervene to block the Trump administration’s Justice Department from enforcing a controversial search warrant on the web-hosting provider DreamHost.

Aug 21 2017

U.S. Chamber is no friend of the court: TCPA plaintiffs to 11th Circuit

For the second time this year, a leading plaintiffs' firm is attempting to block a proposed amicus brief from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by highlighting ties between the Chamber, its lawyers and the defendant in the case.

Aug 18 2017

New SCOTUS brief: 3rd Circuit ‘sprinting’ from its own class action precedent

In a supplemental brief filed Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court, plaintiffs in a false labeling case against Conagra argue that a decision this week by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court proves there’s no need for the justices to insert themselves into a class action issue percolating in federal appellate courts.

Aug 17 2017

2nd Circuit’s Uber arbitration ruling huge win for app industry

On Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Uber user Spencer Meyer assented to the company’s mandatory arbitration requirement when he clicked a button to complete his registration for the Uber smartphone app. The 2nd Circuit’s decision, written by Judge Denny Chin for a panel that also included Judges Reena Raggi and Susan Carney, rejected Meyer's argument that he wasn’t on fair notice of the arbitration provision because the Uber registration process presented the app’s terms of service only via hyperlink.

Aug 16 2017

3rd Circuit backtracks (a teeny bit) on ascertainability, adding to SCOTUS drama

It’s not often that U.S. Supreme Court briefing on whether to grant review of a procedural class action issue can fairly be described as dramatic, but this summer’s plot twists on class ascertainability have been practically soap operatic. In the latest development, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that sworn affidavits from plaintiffs can, in certain circumstances, satisfy the circuit’s test for identifying class members.

Aug 15 2017

LinkedIn data-scraping case highlights calls for SCOTUS review of computer fraud law

Is it time for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide how the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act - a law enacted before ordinary people could even access computer networks – applies in the Internet age?

Aug 14 2017

The Justice Department’s mission in Charlottesville

The federal civil rights laws of the United States prohibit violence motivated by race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

Aug 09 2017

Must DOJ lawyers follow state ethics rules? New Mexico asks SCOTUS to decide

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the Supreme Court of New Mexico over state ethics rules for lawyers. Like 30 other states, New Mexico had adopted a model American Bar Association rule that subjects prosecutors to disciplinary action if they subpoena lawyers to present evidence about their clients, except in the narrowest of circumstances. The Justice Department claimed the New Mexico rule was interfering with federal grand jury investigations because federal prosecutors were wary of demanding testimony from other lawyers.

Aug 08 2017

Murray Energy’s tricky attack on ACLU in John Oliver libel case

Rarely does any legal filing, let alone an amicus brief, receive the kind of adoring media coverage that embraced the West Virginia ACLU’s brief last week in Murray Energy’s libel and defamation suit against John Oliver, host of a weekly satirical news show on HBO. The snark-infused, anti-Murray brief, variously described as stone-cold hilarious, awesome, super salty (and vulgar), practically begged for a response from the company and its CEO, Robert Murray.


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