Litigation

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

North Carolina Court Strikes Down State Legislative Map
State News
North Carolina Court Strikes Down State Legislative Map
2019-09-03 21:57:13
by Dan McCue

North Carolina's state legislative district maps were so severely manipulated to benefit Republican candidates that they violate the state constitution, a three-judge state superior court panel ruled Tuesday. The 357-page ruling handed down in Wake County, North Carolina, by Superior... Read More

Appeals Court Says Government Can Be Sued Over 2015 Church Massacre
Litigation
Appeals Court Says Government Can Be Sued Over 2015 Church Massacre
2019-09-01 21:59:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit over the flawed background check that allowed an avowed white supremacist to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack on a South... Read More

Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits
Litigation
Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits

A lawsuit seeking to punish Carnival Corporation for doing business in Cuba using assets that were expropriated by the Fidel Castro government will move forward, a federal judge in Miami has ruled. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, the descendant of a Cuban business... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban
Law
Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban
2019-08-27 20:52:11
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive proposals nationwide. The law, which included no exceptions for rape and incest, was signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson in... Read More

California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases
State News
California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies may alert prosecutors that a deputy who is slated to testify in a criminal case has a history... Read More

California, 18 Other States Sue Over Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children
Immigration
California, 18 Other States Sue Over Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California opened another front in its legal battle with the Trump administration over immigration policies on Monday as officials announced a federal lawsuit challenging a new rule that allows indefinite detention of migrant children and their families.... Read More

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in State's Opioid Epidemic
Opioids
Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in State's Opioid Epidemic
2019-08-26 23:25:56
by Dan McCue

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fueling the state's opioid abuse crisis. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's ruling concluded the first state opioid case to make it to... Read More

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe
Law
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s got the National Rifle Association’s top gun squarely in his legal crosshairs. New York officials last week slapped Wayne LaPierre, the powerful gun group’s chief executive, with a subpoena as their legal feud escalates,... Read More

10th Circuit Sides With ‘Faithless Electors’ in Colorado 2016 Election Case
Political News
10th Circuit Sides With ‘Faithless Electors’ in Colorado 2016 Election Case
2019-08-22 14:01:32
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The ruling by a divided 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a... Read More

Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts
State News
Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts

LEXINGTON, Ky.—More than seven years after a Lexington shop refused to make T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday about whether or not the company violated the city’s Fairness Ordinance. Before the... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?
Litigation
Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?

ATLANTA — In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. The Athens Orthopedic Clinic... Read More

Court Upholds Ruling That Children Held at Border Have Adequate Food, Bedding
Law
Court Upholds Ruling That Children Held at Border Have Adequate Food, Bedding

SAN FRANCISCO — In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide children detained at the border with adequate food, water, bedding, toothbrushes and soap. A three-judge panel of the 9th... Read More

Johns Hopkins Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Claims
Litigation
Johns Hopkins Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Claims

BALTIMORE — An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Johns Hopkins University for what it describes as botched surgeries on nine dogs that led to their paralysis and euthanasia. This is the second complaint filed with the U.S.... Read More

Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
Voting
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

Immigrants Citing ‘Horrific Conditions’ in Texas Sue For Release
Immigration
Immigrants Citing ‘Horrific Conditions’ in Texas Sue For Release

Immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border, citing indefinite detention in “horrific conditions,” have asked a federal judge to order the U.S. to improve the conditions, give them access to lawyers and release them after 72 hours. U.S. Customs and Border Protection... Read More

Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
Climate
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules
2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
Litigation
Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement
2019-08-06 20:34:14
by Dan McCue

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary. "Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s... Read More

Cuban Government Will Fight Exxon Mobil In US Courtroom
Litigation
Cuban Government Will Fight Exxon Mobil In US Courtroom

MIAMI — In an unusual move, the Cuban government will defend itself in a U.S. federal court to fight a lawsuit filed by Exxon Mobil seeking compensation for a refinery confiscated by the Fidel Castro government in 1960. “It’s a... Read More

Judge Allows Lawsuit Over US ‘Metering’ of Asylum-Seekers to Move Forward
Immigration
Judge Allows Lawsuit Over US ‘Metering’ of Asylum-Seekers to Move Forward

SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit over the federal government’s program limiting the number of asylum-seekers who can ask for help at ports of entry will be allowed to go forward, a federal judge in San Diego ruled on Monday. U.S.... Read More

False Testimony in North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial? Judges Exclude GOP Witness Claims
State News
False Testimony in North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial? Judges Exclude GOP Witness Claims

RALEIGH, N.C. — The trial challenging North Carolina’s legislative lines as unconstitutional, partisan gerrymanders took a dramatic turn Thursday, when an expert witness for Republican lawmakers admitted some of his testimony on their behalf was incorrect. The challengers used that... Read More

Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision
State News
Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision

DALLAS — Federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by minority voters, voting rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers to place the state back under federal supervision for the next redistricting cycle, ending a protracted voting rights legal battle that spanned... Read More

Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
Litigation
Trump Sues House Panel, New York Officials to Block State Tax Return Release
2019-07-23 20:33:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sued the House Ways and Means Committee and New York State's attorney general and tax commission in a bid to block them from sharing his state tax returns. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington,... Read More

NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond
State News
NC Gerrymandering Trial Begins, Could Have Major Implications For 2020 And Beyond

RALEIGH, N.C. — The lines used to elect members of the North Carolina General Assembly are unconstitutional and should be redrawn before the 2020 elections, an attorney for activists and politicians argued in court Monday. In 2018, Democratic candidates won... Read More

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
In The News
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
Litigation
House Democrats Sue Treasury Department Over Trump Tax Returns
2019-07-02 19:41:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns, setting up a legal showdown over the records. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District... Read More

Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
In The News
Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
2019-06-28 20:27:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering appears likely only to intensify efforts in the states to end the practice that allows both political parties to put... Read More

Courts Must Continue to Defer to Agency's Interpretation of Regulations
Supreme Court
Courts Must Continue to Defer to Agency's Interpretation of Regulations
2019-06-26 21:15:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a series of legal precedents instructing courts to defer to an agency's interpretation of its own regulations. The ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, is a significant development in... Read More

Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
Litigation
Federal Employees’ Lawsuit Reinstated for Data Breach of Personal Information
2019-06-25 20:49:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that their lawsuit over an Office of Personnel Management data breach can be reinstated. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs In On Property Rights
Property Rights
Supreme Court Weighs In On Property Rights
2019-06-24 21:13:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that property owners can go directly to federal court with claims that state and local officials are depriving them of the use of their property. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the... Read More

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