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[07/17] Panzella v. Sposato
Affirming the grant of an injunction entitling the plaintiff to a hearing to determine whether the County must return their rifles and shotguns, which were seized in connection with a Family Court order of protection.

[07/10] Hamilton v. Bromley
Affirming the dismissal of the case of a father seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from an alleged conspiracy to deprive him of contact with his son, which the District Court dismissed because the father had custody of his son subject to pending state court proceedings and felt that this could render the case moot and dismissed. Although they erred in dismissing before resolving the question of mootness, the Court of Appeals found that the plaintiff's custody of their son did cause the case to become moot and affirmed the dismissal on that basis.

[06/27] Allen v. DeBello
Fathers of minor children in New Jersey challenged the 'best interests of the child' standard used by NJ courts to determine custody in a dispute between two fit parents as unconstitutional, but the court held that the judges they sued were not proper parties to the action and the court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the claim.

[06/27] First Resort, Inc. v. Herrera
In a constitutional challenge to an ordinance designed to protect indigent women facing unexpected pregnancies from the harms posed by false or misleading advertising by limited services pregnancy centers (LSPC), the district court's ruling that San Francisco's Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance was constitutional and not preempted by state law is affirmed where: 1) the Ordinance is facially valid because it regulates only unprotected false or misleading commercial speech -- a category of speech afforded no constitutional protection; and 2) the Ordinance is not unconstitutionally vague.

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