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Litigation

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

WASHINGTON - The families of 143 U.S. soldiers and government contractors sued a group of multinational corporations last week in... Read More

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

ATLANTA — Judges on the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday peppered lawyers with questions in a case that... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON  — The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled Congress is entitled to review President Donald Trump's... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — A House committee on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight... Read More

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

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to... Read More

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

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn’t enough evidence to further dispute last year’s election for... Read More

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

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court sidestepped the question of when life begins Wednesday when it ruled in a... Read More

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal from a Dayton-area abortion... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Trump organization is considering selling its lease on the downtown Washington Trump International Hotel to resolve legal... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — A three-judge panel in North Carolina has ordered the state not to use the current congressional districts for... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has thrown its support behind a pair... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A circuit court judge in South Carolina heard more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in a... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday relied heavily on procedural rules adopted at the start of the 116th... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the state's policy on fossil fuels... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that while "not perfect" Harvard University's admissions process does not discriminate... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission must redo and better justify an order that eased restrictions on media companies wanting... Read More

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

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

North Carolina's state legislative district maps were so severely manipulated to benefit Republican candidates that they violate the state constitution,... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit over the flawed background check that allowed an... Read More

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

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

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks, one of the most restrictive... Read More

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

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

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fueling the state's... Read More

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

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

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral... Read More

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

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

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to... Read More

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

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

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sued the House Ways and Means Committee and New York State's attorney general and tax... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -  House Democrats sued the Trump administration in federal court Tuesday for access to President Donald Trump's tax returns,... Read More

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

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