So. How do you know when a federal Circuit Court has issued an opinion about a case that you've been following? There are two ways with the 9th Circuit:
First, the Court set up a general RSS feed to help practitioners, scholars, and reporters find out what cases have been decided each day. That feed can be subscribed to here.
Second, if you are following a particularly important and newsworthy case, you can subscribe to the Cases of Interest feed here. The Al-Kidd v. Ashcroft case was posted via this feed.
Unfortunately, there is a slight disconnect. The Al-Kidd case was not reported via the general feed (shouldn't that be every case?). And, the Mohamed v. Jeppeson Dataplan amended opinion (the extraordinary rendition case) was not reported via the Cases of Interest feed (isn't the rendition case considered a case of interest?).
Oh well. The Circuit Courts are just coming to the Web 2.0 world. There will be an adjustment period.