Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report highlights:

  • a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal by Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones defending Judge Newman;
  • an article describing Judge Jones’s letter in defense of Judge Newman and Judge Jones’s relevant experience; and
  • an article discussing a recent Federal Circuit decision that ended over a decade of patent infringement litigation.

Fifth Circuit Judge Edith H. Jones wrote a letter to the editor of in the Wall Street Journal defending Federal Circuit Judge Newman. Judge Jones wrote that, in her view, the procedure leading to Judge Newman’s removal from working on new cases is “at odds with fundamental due process.” Judge Jones noted that “Judge Newman is a brilliant, capable jurist as well as a friend.”

Lauren Berg wrote an article for Law360 describing Judge Jones’s letter in defense of Judge Newman. Berg also discussed Judge Jones’s experience with “extrajudicial conduct by federal judges” that has led the Fifth Circuit’s “Judicial Council to recommend congressional impeachment proceedings.” According to Berg, Greg Dolin, who represents Judge Newman, has said “that [Judge Jones] is ‘in some sense an expert'” in federal judicial investigations. 

Michael Shapiro wrote an article for Bloomberg Law discussing how in Fleet Engineers v. Mudguard Technologies the court “rejected arguments from both sides . . . in an unsigned, per curiam opinion issued Tuesday.” Shapiro commented on how the decision “closed out over a decade of ‘acrimonious litigation.'”