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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Hormone Replacement Case

On October 12, 2010, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a published decision in favor of Martin’s clients in In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, 591 F.3d 613 (8th Cir. 2010).   Martin represented 116 plaintiffs who alleged that they developed breast cancer as a result of their use of prescription hormone replacement therapy drugs.  On consolidated appeals from orders dismissing their cases, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed the dismissals and directed the district court to remand the cases to Minnesota state court where they were first filed.

Defenders Board

On October 6, 2010, Martin was elected to the board of Appellate Defenders, Inc. and Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Copyright Act Petition Filed in U.S. Supreme Court

On September 23, 2010, Martin filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court in Bryant v. Media Right Productions, Inc., 603 F.3d 135 (2d Cir. 2010).   The issue raised in the petition is whether statutory damages under the Copyright Act for unlawfully distributing individual songs from an album on the Internet should be calculated on a per-song or per-album basis.