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Texas Supreme Court Rules to Allow Trans Abuse Inquiries 
In The States
Texas Supreme Court Rules to Allow Trans Abuse Inquiries 
2022-05-13 21:12:58
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that the state child welfare agency can continue investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Gov. Greg Abbott’s February directive to the Texas Department of... Read More

Tulsa Race Massacre Reparations Lawsuit to Proceed After Ruling
Civil Rights
Tulsa Race Massacre Reparations Lawsuit to Proceed After Ruling
2022-05-03 18:05:35
by Reece Nations

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa County District Court Judge Caroline Wall ruled on Monday against a motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The lawsuit was filed by civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons in 2020... Read More

Federal Judge Tosses Out RNC Bid to Block Select Committee Subpoena 
Jan. 6
Federal Judge Tosses Out RNC Bid to Block Select Committee Subpoena 
2022-05-02 20:36:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has tossed out a Republican National Committee bid to block a subpoena to a third-party vendor from the select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, siege on the U.S. Capitol by angry supporters of then-President... Read More

Kansas Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Congressional Map 
Redistricting
Kansas Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Congressional Map 
2022-04-25 19:41:00
by Dan McCue

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas judge on Monday tossed out a congressional district map drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature, holding that it was an unlawful partisan gerrymander aimed at diluting the power of Black and Hispanic voters in... Read More

Judge Says Abrams Campaign Fund Can’t Raise Unlimited Cash
Campaign Finance
Judge Says Abrams Campaign Fund Can’t Raise Unlimited Cash
2022-04-15 14:34:37
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a fundraising committee affiliated with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can’t begin raising unlimited campaign contributions. The ruling is based on a state law passed last year that allows Georgia lawmakers... Read More

North Carolina Law Barring Felons from Voting Declared Unconstitutional
In The States
North Carolina Law Barring Felons from Voting Declared Unconstitutional
2022-03-29 14:07:59
by Dan McCue

RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina law banning people with felony records from voting after they’ve served their sentences is unconstitutional, a state court has ruled. Specifically, the Wake County Superior Court panel held in a 2-1 ruling Monday that... Read More

Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers
Employment
Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers
2022-01-21 21:38:47
by Dan McCue

GALVESTON, Texas — A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking the Biden administration from requiring that federal workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus. But the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown is expected to... Read More

District Court Says FEC Dropped Ball on Political Committee Case
Campaign Finance
District Court Says FEC Dropped Ball on Political Committee Case
2021-11-12 16:46:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commissions failed to act on an administrative complaint from the Campaign Legal Center in a timely fashion and must now resolve the matter within the next 30 days, a federal court ruled Thursday. The ruling... Read More

Don’t Need a Clairvoyant to Know Court’s Position on Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme
Law
Don’t Need a Clairvoyant to Know Court’s Position on Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme
2021-10-08 15:43:29
by Dan McCue

MIAMI, Fla. - Three individuals and two companies have been permanently enjoined from operating an international mail fraud scheme offering unwary consumers psychic, clairvoyant or astrological services, the Justice Department said on Friday. Robert Lhez, Mireille Dayer and Julie Poulleau,... Read More

Florida Governor Appeals Ruling on Masks in Schools
In The States
Florida Governor Appeals Ruling on Masks in Schools

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge's ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by ordering school boards not to impose strict mask requirements on students to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The... Read More

Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools
In The States
Circuit Judge Rebukes DeSantis Order Prohibiting Masks In Schools
2021-08-27 20:44:19
by Reece Nations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that blocked public schools from imposing mask mandates in the classroom was struck down by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper. DeSantis’s order had been challenged in... Read More

Judge Grants FTC More Time to File Amended Complaint Against Facebook
Antitrust
Judge Grants FTC More Time to File Amended Complaint Against Facebook
2021-07-26 13:00:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended complaint in its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,... Read More

President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program ‘Illegal’
Immigration
President Calls for Ending DACA Uncertainty After Court Declares Program 'Illegal'
2021-07-18 12:06:09
by Dan McCue

President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, by executive order in 2012, a federal judge ruled Friday. But U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, presiding in the federal court in Houston, stopped short... Read More

Judge Dismisses Gov’t Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook
Technology
Judge Dismisses Gov't Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state attorneys general, dealing a significant blow to attempts by regulators to rein in tech giants. U.S.... Read More

Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park
Law
Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases
Energy
Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on New Oil, Gas Leases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for... Read More

DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
Litigation
DOJ to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling on CDC Eviction Moratorium
2021-05-06 12:44:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — After a federal judge ruled on Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions exceeded the agency's authority, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal the decision. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich authored... Read More

British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
Energy
British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
2021-02-19 15:15:36
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English courts for pollution by its subsidiary in Nigeria, is likely to expand the company’s potential liability abroad. The court’s decision... Read More

Judge: DHS Head Didn’t Have Authority to Suspend DACA
Immigration
Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn’t Over
State News
Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday rejected, without comment, a bid by three Republican candidates and a GOP activist to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast from drive-thru lanes in the emerging Democratic stronghold of Harris County. The votes, however, are... Read More

Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
Law
Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
2020-08-10 14:35:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia judge’s ruling this week is the latest court judgment that absolves insurers from obligations to cover the losses of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. A group of restaurants sued their insurer after the company... Read More

Judge Rules Against California’s Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
State News
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

Judge Rules Against Delaying Georgia’s June 9 Primary Again
In The News
Judge Rules Against Delaying Georgia’s June 9 Primary Again

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to postpone Georgia’s July 9 primary election because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten leaves the primary date unchanged, with in-person early... Read More

Texas Voters Who Fear Catching COVID-19 Can Vote by Mail, State Judge Rules
2020 Elections
Texas Voters Who Fear Catching COVID-19 Can Vote by Mail, State Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge said Wednesday afternoon that all voters in Texas afraid to contract COVID-19 through in-person voting should be allowed to vote by mail during the pandemic. State District Judge Tim Sulak of the 353rd District... Read More

Maryland City’s Female Toplessness Ban Survives in Court Ruling … For Now
Law
Maryland City’s Female Toplessness Ban Survives in Court Ruling ... For Now
2020-04-13 19:46:54
by Tom Ramstack

Ocean City, Maryland, can continue to enforce its ban on topless women at its popular beach, a federal judge ruled last week. There’s a fundamental difference between topless women and topless men that is supported by case law and tradition,... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Upholds ‘Fines and Fees’ Restriction for Ex-Felon Voting Rights
State News
Florida Supreme Court Upholds ‘Fines and Fees’ Restriction for Ex-Felon Voting Rights

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court confirmed the status quo for ex-felons in Florida, ruling Thursday they must pay all fines, fees and restitution before their right to vote is restored under Amendment 4. In an advisory opinion following... 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

New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules
State News
New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The new congressional maps passed by North Carolina state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday. The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under... Read More

Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP
Opinions
Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive $706 million judgment that it stole trade secrets from a San Francisco-headquartered REtech company. At the dispute’s onset, the jury... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Environment
Appeals Court Upholds Strengthened Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
2019-09-13 21:21:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld an Obama-era update of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule designed to protect downwind states from coal plant air pollution that blows across their borders. Congress enacted... Read More

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