Litigation

District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
Litigation
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
2020-01-23 13:39:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine,... Read More

Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
Supreme Court
Justices Reject Appeal of Obamacare, Grand Jury Secrecy Cases
2020-01-21 16:26:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request that it resolve a dispute over the authority of a judge to order the disclosure of secret grand jury material in rare circumstances. The underlying case stems from a researcher's... Read More

Environmentalists Win Lawsuit Protecting Ocean Monuments
Environment
Environmentalists Win Lawsuit Protecting Ocean Monuments
2020-01-04 00:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Environmentalists won an appeals court ruling in Washington, D.C. last week protecting ocean marine national monuments. Marine national monuments refer to offshore underwater areas intended to protect coral reefs or wildlife. There are five of them in U.S.... Read More

Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
Litigation
Soldiers’ Families Sue Companies That Allegedly Paid Taliban for Protection
2020-01-04 00:11:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in Washington, D.C. accusing them of indirectly funding the Taliban insurgents who killed and injured their relatives. In the complaint, filed... Read More

Atlanta-Based Court Considers School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy
Civil Rights
Atlanta-Based Court Considers School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

ATLANTA — Judges on the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday peppered lawyers with questions in a case that could set an important precedent for bathroom access by transgender high school students. Two judges, both members of the more... Read More

Appeals Court Says Congress Entitled to Trump Bank Records
Law
Appeals Court Says Congress Entitled to Trump Bank Records
2019-12-04 00:04:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled Congress is entitled to review President Donald Trump's banking records as it investigates possible foreign influence in U.S. elections, violations of the emoluments clause and other issues. The... Read More

States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
Litigation
States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
2019-12-03 19:18:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state and local tax deductions. In a filing before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for the states argue... Read More

House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents
Litigation
House Oversight Panel Sues Barr, Ross to Obtain Census Documents

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to get documents on the administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. President Donald Trump... Read More

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns
Law
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns
2019-11-15 20:32:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to prosecutors in New York. The case has significance far beyond Trump as it could... Read More

Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules
Law
Trump Not Immune From Manhattan DA’s Demand for Tax Returns, Federal Appeals Court Rules

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. from obtaining copies of his tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 34-page ruling by the... Read More

Supreme Court To Review SEC’s Right To Seek Disgorgement
Supreme Court
Supreme Court To Review SEC’s Right To Seek Disgorgement
2019-11-01 20:47:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to seek disgorgement in fraud cases. Last year federal regulators recouped $2.5 billion in ill-gotten proceeds from securities fraud. But on... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes
State News
Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Election Despite Alleged Missing Votes

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn’t enough evidence to further dispute last year’s election for lieutenant governor, which had inexplicably low vote totals. An election can’t be overturned based solely on unusual vote counts in... Read More

Connecticut Court Rules Against Husband in Frozen-Embryo Divorce Case
In The News
Connecticut Court Rules Against Husband in Frozen-Embryo Divorce Case

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court sidestepped the question of when life begins Wednesday when it ruled in a divorce case that previously frozen embryos a couple had created during their marriage are marital property and can be destroyed... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure
State News
Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal from a Dayton-area abortion clinic ordered closed by state health officials. The justices voted 4-3 on Aug. 21 not to review the case, with... Read More

Trump Considers Disposing of D.C. Hotel to End Legal and Political Disputes
In The News
Trump Considers Disposing of D.C. Hotel to End Legal and Political Disputes
2019-10-30 14:23:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Trump organization is considering selling its lease on the downtown Washington Trump International Hotel to resolve legal and political disputes over its ownership and profits. Controversy surrounding the hotel is part of an ongoing tide of criticism... Read More

North Carolina Court Halts Use of Current Congressional Map for 2020
State News
North Carolina Court Halts Use of Current Congressional Map for 2020

WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel in North Carolina has ordered the state not to use the current congressional districts for the 2020 elections while the lawsuit against them proceeds. The preliminary injunction could delay the state’s March congressional primaries, setting... Read More

Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
Litigation
Veterans Group Backs Lawsuits to Stop Trump Transfer of Military Funding to Border Wall
2019-10-24 20:22:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has thrown its support behind a pair of lawsuits aimed at halting President Donald Trump's use of military funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. Mexico... Read More

Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
State News
Judge Could Soon Order SC Republicans to Hold 2020 Primary
2019-10-18 21:18:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the state GOP executive committee's vote last month to forgo a 2020 Republican presidential primary. In the end,... Read More

Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?
Litigation
Massive Opioid Case May End With Huge Settlement. Where Would The Money Go?

The largest civil trial in U.S. history is scheduled to begin in a matter of days, putting those who made, marketed, distributed and dispensed prescription painkillers under the legal spotlight. But those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic... Read More

Appeals Court Affirms House Rules In Rejecting Trump Bid to Withhold Financial Records
Law
Appeals Court Affirms House Rules In Rejecting Trump Bid to Withhold Financial Records
2019-10-11 18:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday relied heavily on procedural rules adopted at the start of the 116th Congress in holding that President Donald Trump cannot ignore a subpoena for his financial records from House Democrats. Those rules... Read More

Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youth's Climate Change Lawsuit
Climate
Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youth's Climate Change Lawsuit
2019-10-09 15:10:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the state's policy on fossil fuels harms the constitutional rights of young Alaskans to a safe climate. In 2017, 16 young people filed suit over a... Read More

Missouri Lawsuit Over Realtor Fees In Home Sales Draws Justice Department’s Interest
Litigation
Missouri Lawsuit Over Realtor Fees In Home Sales Draws Justice Department’s Interest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lawyers in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are taking a keen interest in a Missouri class action lawsuit that alleges a conspiracy among national real estate brokers to charge inflated fees, noting in a filing this... Read More

Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian Americans, Judge Rules
Education
Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian Americans, Judge Rules
2019-10-01 21:35:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that while "not perfect" Harvard University's admissions process does not discriminate against Asian Americans. U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs' ruling comes in a 2014 lawsuit filed by the group Students... Read More

Who’s to Blame For The Nation’s Opioid Crisis? Massive Trial May Answer That Question
Litigation
Who’s to Blame For The Nation’s Opioid Crisis? Massive Trial May Answer That Question

For the families of the roughly 400,000 Americans who have died of opioid drug overdoses since 1999, a legal drama scheduled to unfold in an Ohio courtroom next month may feel like a true shot at justice. After downplaying the... Read More

Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Alex Jones Civil Case
Litigation
Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Alex Jones Civil Case

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday held a wide-ranging hearing with justices questioning everything from whether attorneys for the families of the Sandy Hook victims overreacted to perceived threats by Alex Jones to admonishing Jones’ lawyer for suggesting... Read More

FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
Law
FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
2019-09-23 20:48:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission must redo and better justify an order that eased restrictions on media companies wanting to consolidate their holdings in a single market, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The highly anticipated... Read More

Trump Sues to Keep Tax Records Hidden
Uncategorized
Trump Sues to Keep Tax Records Hidden

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump sued his own accounting firm and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Thursday, seeking to prevent the prosecutor from getting his hands on eight years of tax returns. The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns
Taxes
Federal Judge Blocks California Law to Force Disclosure of Trump’s Tax Returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Donald Trump but a decision... Read More

Federal Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction Against Trump’s Asylum Rule
Immigration
Federal Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction Against Trump’s Asylum Rule

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge reinstated a nationwide injunction Monday against a Trump administration rule that would deny asylum to most immigrants at the southern border. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, citing the need for a uniform immigration... Read More

Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue
State News
Federal Judge Says Ohio Voter Purge Can Continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. District Judge James L. Graham on Tuesday chose not to delay Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s purge of 235,000 people on Ohio voter registration rolls planned for Friday. LaRose spokeswoman Maggie Sheehan said, “Obviously we’re happy... Read More

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