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Litigation

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a series of legal precedents instructing courts to defer... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Federal employees will get their day in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that property owners can go directly to federal court with claims... Read More

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

2019-06-24 21:08:54
by Dan McCue
FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit of information a government body collects about private businesses. The underlying case came to the high court from South Dakota... Read More

2019-06-24 20:59:28
by Dan McCue
Trademark Law Restricting 'Scandalous' Speech Found Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the federal trademark law that prohibited businesses from registering... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the federal trademark law that prohibited businesses from registering marks that some might see as scandalous or immoral. The ruling is a victory for the fashion brand FUCT, and... Read More

2019-06-21 20:09:15
by Dan McCue
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws Curbing Democrats Power

Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, on... Read More

Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, on Friday, a win for state Republicans, but one that might be only temporary. The victory was on procedural grounds only,... Read More

2019-06-21 12:47:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median... Read More

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median of a local roadway for nearly a century, can stay right where it is, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

2019-06-17 19:38:40
by Dan McCue
Virginia Election to Proceed With Redrawn District

WASHINGTON - Voters in Virginia will elect members of the state's House of Delegates in districts drawn on a map... Read More

WASHINGTON - Voters in Virginia will elect members of the state's House of Delegates in districts drawn on a map considered to be favorable to Democrats, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 ruling comes in a case... Read More

2019-06-13 16:03:18
by Elin Johnson
Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop the proposed merger between telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. In a federal complaint filed in New York on Tuesday, the... Read More

2019-06-07 21:35:36
by Tom Ramstack
Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Considered by Appeals Court for Constitutionality

A federal appeals court in Portland, Oregon heard arguments this week in a lawsuit that accuses the Trump administration of... Read More

A federal appeals court in Portland, Oregon heard arguments this week in a lawsuit that accuses the Trump administration of endangering the future of children by its environmental policies that do little to avoid climate change. The lawsuit was filed... Read More

2019-06-04 19:56:06
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Wade Into Piracy's Murky Waters With Blackbeard Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal involving both the 18th century pirate Blackbeard and the question of... Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal involving both the 18th century pirate Blackbeard and the question of whether a state can be sued for using another's copyrighted work without permission. At the center of the case are... Read More

2019-05-30 20:27:42
by Dan McCue
Lawsuit Claims Mississippi Employs Racist Means to Keep Blacks Out of Statewide Office

A federal lawsuit filed in Jackson, Mississippi claims the state unlawfully continues to employ a racist provision inserted in its... Read More

A federal lawsuit filed in Jackson, Mississippi claims the state unlawfully continues to employ a racist provision inserted in its constitution in the 1890s to prevent African Americans from being elected governor or to any other statewide office. In a... Read More

2019-05-24 20:40:26
by Dan McCue
ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Alabama over Abortion Ban

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that... Read More

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Friday to block an Alabama law that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The... Read More

2019-04-29 18:25:54
by Dan McCue
Battle Over Trump Income Taxes Poised to Escalate As Congress Returns

As lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday, a dominant question in the air was just how contentious things are likely... Read More

As lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday, a dominant question in the air was just how contentious things are likely to get as a number of House committees resume their investigations of President Donald Trump. Among those in a state... Read More

2019-04-26 20:36:04
by Dan McCue
Momentum Builds In Wisconsin for an In-State Solution to Partisan Gerrymandering

As Wisconsinites await the outcome of two partisan gerrymandering cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, momentum is... Read More

As Wisconsinites await the outcome of two partisan gerrymandering cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, momentum is growing for in-state resolution to a very similar controversy. Earlier this month, three counties passed resolutions asking the state legislature... Read More

2019-04-23 21:14:17
by Tom Ramstack
US Court Allows Patent for Marijuana Formulation

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana... Read More

A federal court ruling last week set a precedent for property rights to cannabis products in the quickly growing marijuana industry. U.S. District Judge William Martinez, an Obama appointee who presides in Colorado, ruled that cannabinoid formulations can be considered... Read More

2019-04-22 20:20:31
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Take Up LGBT Job Discrimination Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act... Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the question of whether provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting employment discrimination applies to LGBT individuals. The justices said they would hear Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia,... Read More

2019-04-22 20:13:50
by Dan McCue
Trump Sues Cummings to Block Subpoena of Financial Records

President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on Monday sued the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and... Read More

President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on Monday sued the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District... Read More

2019-04-15 21:52:13
by Dan McCue
North Carolina Lawmakers Open Door to Qualifying More Voter IDs for 2020

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued... Read More

A bill filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives last week would ease some standards that identification cards issued by state colleges, universities and other institutions have to meet before they can be used as photo Voter ID in... Read More

2019-04-11 22:54:21
by Dan McCue
Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Bank and Wire Fraud

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested... Read More

Attorney Michael Avenatti, the longtime foe of President Donald Trump best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York on Monday on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for... Read More

2019-03-20 21:34:55
by Dan McCue
Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday in a bid to block them from... Read More

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday in a bid to block them from moving one of the city's signature sporting events, the Preakness Stakes, to another thoroughbred racing track in Maryland. Pugh, a... Read More

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