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

Appeals Court Says Trump Can Deport Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants
Immigration
Appeals Court Says Trump Can Deport Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Monday that the Trump administration may deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants who previously received temporary protected status for humanitarian reasons. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th U.S.... 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

State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban
Health
State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban

LANSING, Mich. — A state judge has granted a preliminary injunction to vape shop owners who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban, temporarily stopping the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products. The facts... Read More

Trump Not Immune From NY Demand for Tax Returns, Judge Says
In The News
Trump Not Immune From NY Demand for Tax Returns, Judge Says

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s accounting firm was ordered by a federal court to turn over his tax filings and other financial records to New York state prosecutors, though the president won a last-minute delay pending an emergency appeal.... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Georgia Anti-Abortion Law
State News
Federal Judge Blocks Georgia Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge handed an early win to abortion rights activists Tuesday by blocking Georgia’s restrictive law from going into effect — but it is only the first step as a lawsuit makes its way through the court... 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

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

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

Reporter’s White House Press Pass Reinstated by Judge After Altercation
Immigration
Reporter’s White House Press Pass Reinstated by Judge After Altercation
2019-09-06 14:27:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A federal judge reinstated the White House press pass of Playboy magazine reporter Brian Karem Tuesday after it was taken away by the Trump administration’s press secretary. Karem lost his press pass in July after a loud altercation... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Judge Tosses Trump Asylum Policy, Calling it 'Contrary to Law'
Law
Federal Judge Tosses Trump Asylum Policy, Calling it 'Contrary to Law'
2019-08-02 20:43:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday tossed a Trump administration policy that would only allow migrants who enter the country through legal ports of entry to apply for asylum. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama... Read More

DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
Law
DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
2019-05-21 21:46:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian news and information that critics describe as propaganda, a federal judge ruled last week. This week, the Justice Department hailed... Read More

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