Litigation

Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
Education
Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
2020-07-13 13:27:31
by Tom Ramstack

Five states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit this week that accuses the U.S. Education Department of shorting schools in low-income areas on their fair share of coronavirus relief funds. Instead, too much of the money is going... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
Political News
Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
2020-07-09 19:06:22
by Dan McCue

A Jacksonville attorney filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a circuit court  to declare next month’s Republican National Convention a nuisance “injurious to the health,” and require it to either be cancelled or scaled down to a much smaller event with... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues Pennsylvania Over Mail Ballot Drop Boxes
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Sues Pennsylvania Over Mail Ballot Drop Boxes

PHILADELPHIA — The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials Monday, saying mail ballot drop boxes are unconstitutional the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them from... Read More

9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
Law
9th Circuit Rules Trump Can't Divert Pentagon Funds to Build Wall
2020-06-26 19:55:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump does not have the authority to unilaterally divert Pentagon funds to build a miles-long wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S.... Read More

Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book
In The News
Trump Administration Seeks Restraining Order to Block Bolton Book

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to criminally charge John Bolton with disclosing classified information in his upcoming White House memoir, and the Justice Department late Wednesday ramped up its legal campaign by seeking a temporary restraining order to... Read More

Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published
Political News
Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published

Whatever’s in John Bolton’s book, President Donald Trump really doesn’t want it to see the light of day. Trump’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the former national security adviser’s book from being published... Read More

Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
Litigation
Pastor Sues Washington Mayor Over Political Street Lettering
2020-06-15 13:12:13
by Tom Ramstack

A self-described street pastor is suing Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over her decision to commission a street mural that says “Black Lives Matter” in large letters on a street near the White House. The lawsuit filed by Rich Penkoski... Read More

ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House
Litigation
ACLU Sues Over Police Force on Protesters Near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration Thursday, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald... Read More

Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Litigation
Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal... Read More

Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
Litigation
Justice Dept. Seeks Dismissal of Equal Rights Amendment Suit
2020-05-19 14:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is attempting to get a lawsuit dismissed that seeks to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A Justice Department motion to dismiss filed last week says the deadline expired for states to... Read More

4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
Litigation
4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
2020-05-14 13:50:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his hotel in downtown Washington. A divided 4th... Read More

Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
Congress
Congress Tries to Protect Employers From Lawsuits Tied to Coronavirus
2020-05-13 13:30:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Industry and legal experts told the U.S. Senate Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is creating liabilities that are not adequately addressed by existing laws and regulations. As a result, business owners are running up against hundreds of lawsuits... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Texas Vote-By-Mail Restrictions
Voting
Lawsuit Seeks to Block Texas Vote-By-Mail Restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas — Opening a new front in the legal battle to expand voting by mail in Texas, a federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks to block a handful of state regulations described as onerous and detrimental to voting rights. The... Read More

Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
Education
Universities Sued by Students Who Say Online Education Inadequate
2020-05-11 13:36:49
by Tom Ramstack

Universities nationwide are being sued by parents and students who say the schools are falling short of their duties during the coronavirus shutdown. The universities have switched to online education until the national emergency subsides. The students and their parents... Read More

Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
State News
Michigan Legislature Sues Gov. Whitmer Over Extension of Coronavirus Emergency
2020-05-08 15:45:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Republican lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature are suing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her move to extend stay-at-home orders last week amid the coronavirus crisis. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike... Read More

Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic
Litigation
Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic
2020-05-05 14:56:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during the coronavirus shutdown. The insurance companies say their business interruption policies grant them exemptions for viruses that cause no physical... Read More

Blind Justice: No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases
Supreme Court
Blind Justice: No Visual Cues in High Court Phone Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey Fisher broke his glasses. That left the very nearsighted lawyer with an unappealing choice. He could wear contacts and clearly... Read More

Trial Over Florida’s Felon Voting Rights Begins With Social Distancing and Glitches
Voting
Trial Over Florida’s Felon Voting Rights Begins With Social Distancing and Glitches

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the last 18 months, the voting status of more than 1 million felons in Florida has been arguably the premier voting rights case in the nation. And this week it’s on trial — virtually. The initiative... Read More

Class Actions Against China Grow Despite Foreign Policy Obstacles
Litigation
Class Actions Against China Grow Despite Foreign Policy Obstacles
2020-04-23 20:42:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Law firms and their clients who are joining the growing list of plaintiffs against the Chinese government over the coronavirus outbreak are running up against a foreign policy that could rule out any successful lawsuits. About a half-dozen... Read More

Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock
Litigation
Burr Faces Lawsuit Over Sale of Up to $1.7 Million in Stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fallout continued this week over revelations that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stock after private briefings about the coronavirus, including a personal lawsuit against him. Politico reported the shareholder suit against Burr... Read More

Free Speech Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Go-Ahead from Judge
Litigation
Free Speech Lawsuit Against Trump Gets Go-Ahead from Judge

Free speech advocates can move forward with a lawsuit alleging U.S. President Donald Trump violated the Constitution by threatening journalists and news organizations who have criticized his administration. U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield on Tuesday denied Trump’s request to throw... Read More

Lawsuit Against Trump Delayed While Similar Dispute Pending
Law
Lawsuit Against Trump Delayed While Similar Dispute Pending
2020-03-23 19:15:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A federal judge put a lawsuit by Congress against President Donald Trump on hold Friday until other legal action against the White House is resolved. The lawsuit filed by congressional Democrats seeks six years of Trump’s federal tax... Read More

Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak
State News
Wisconsin Republicans Oppose Voting Changes Sought Due to Virus Outbreak
2020-03-20 12:58:49
by Dan McCue

The leaders of Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature told a federal judge Thursday they are opposed to a request by Democrats to amend absentee and online primary rules in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The state Democratic Party and the Democratic... Read More

Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff, Court Rules
Law
Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Riff, Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Monday that the British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal portions of its iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven” from a guitarist from another band. The ruling, by an 11-judge panel of... Read More

Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Flags Hanging in Rural Pa. Municipal Building
Law
Lawsuit Threatened Over Trump Flags Hanging in Rural Pa. Municipal Building

One flag features Donald Trump standing on a tank. Another has him dressed as Captain America. On the third, the shirtless president is holding a rocket launcher, his biceps ripped. All three flags are hanging on the wood-paneled walls of... Read More

Trump Blocked From Building Mexico Wall With Trident Submarine Base Funds
Litigation
Trump Blocked From Building Mexico Wall With Trident Submarine Base Funds

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration was barred by a court from diverting $89 million to build the Mexico border wall from a construction project at a submarine base in Washington state. Thursday’s ruling by a federal judge in Seattle... Read More

Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000
Litigation
Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. The city, which covers health care costs... Read More

States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
Litigation
States’ Attorneys General Sue to Force ERA into Constitution
2020-02-06 21:55:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada are suing in federal court for an order that would add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On January 27 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the... Read More

States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
Litigation
States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
2020-01-30 21:06:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen states have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from reducing food benefits for about 700,000 people nationwide. The cuts represent a rule change the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized shortly before Christmas for... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
Health
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate
2020-01-29 20:26:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the... Read More

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