Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Special Sitting at UCLA School of Law

​March 4, 2014 -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hold a special sitting at UCLA School of Law on March 4, 2014. Two panels will hear oral arguments at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the law school’s A. Barry Cappello Courtroom.

The judges on the three-judge panels are all UCLA School of Law alumni. The first appellate panel consists of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski ’75, Circuit Judge Kim McLane ’79 and Senior Circuit Judge Dorothy W. Nelson ’53, all of whom have chambers in Pasadena, California. They will consider appeals of two cases decided by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California:

Brown v. NFL Players Association, in which retired National Football League players appeal the district court’s denial of their motion to hear claims on a class-wide basis. The players brought a diversity putative class action against the NFL Players Association and NFL Players, Inc., claiming breach of fiduciary duty and an accounting arising from NFL’s alleged failures to obtain licensing opportunities for retired NFL players and to fairly compensate plaintiffs from the licensing revenue they did obtain. The NFL cross appealed (Case 12-56912). Case 12-56843

Grant v. NFL Players Association, in which retired National Football League Players appeal the district court’s summary judgment in favor of the NFL Players Association and the NFL Players, Inc., in plaintiffs’ diversity putative class action alleging that from April 2007 to 2011, defendants failed to seek licensing opportunities for plaintiffs and failed to accurately distribute royalty income received in violation of their fiduciary duties. The defendants cross appealed (Case 12-56240). Case 12-56154

The second appellate panel, consisting of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, and Circuit Judges Sandra Segal Ikuta ’88 and Jacqueline H. Nguyen ’91, who also have chambers in Pasadena, will consider two cases:

Cortez v. USA, in which Francisco Cortez appeals the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in favor of the United States following a two-day bench trial. Cortez brought action under the Federal Tort Claims Act, alleging that border patrol agents unreasonably detained him and subjected him to excessive force at the Pine Valley Border Patrol checkpoint. Case 12-56924

Long v. Playboy Enterprises International, in which David Long appeals the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in favor of Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. Long had brought a diversity putative class action against Playboy, alleging discrimination, under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Gender Tax Appeal Act of 1995, arising when Playboy participated in a party where male guests were charged more than women to attend. Case 12-57044

This is the court’s second sitting at UCLA School of Law. A photo ID will be required for access into the courtroom. Media using film and/or audio and/or taking photographs must have a court order.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals of cases decided by executive branch agencies and federal trial courts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. The court normally meets monthly in Seattle, San Francisco, and Pasadena; every other month in Portland, Oregon; three times per year in Honolulu, Hawaii; and twice a year in Anchorage, Alaska. A complete schedule of cases is available online at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov.