FCC Wants Net Neutrality Case Transferred to DC Circuit
Litigation
FCC Wants Net Neutrality Case Transferred to DC Circuit
2024-06-10 21:00:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is trying to keep a pivotal net neutrality case in Washington, D.C., as the agency seeks to prevent internet companies from giving preference to favored customers. Along with its motion to transfer the case... Read More

Trump Faces Tough Day at Trial for Conspiracy to Hide Hush Money
Law
Trump Faces Tough Day at Trial for Conspiracy to Hide Hush Money
2024-04-23 21:05:04
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — Attorney arguments before a New York judge Tuesday indicated a likelihood former President Donald Trump will face sanctions for violating a court order to stop his public criticisms of the judge, witnesses and prosecutors in his criminal... Read More

Federal Judge Tosses PhRMA Suit on Medicare Price Negotiations
Prescription Drugs
Federal Judge Tosses PhRMA Suit on Medicare Price Negotiations
2024-02-13 15:19:20
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on Monday dismissed a PhRMA lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s new Medicare drug price negotiation program, a major win for the White House, though at least eight other challenges to the initiative... Read More

Appeals Court Tosses Fortenberry Conviction
Law
Appeals Court Tosses Fortenberry Conviction
2023-12-26 21:27:39
by Dan McCue

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the 2022 conviction of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., after concluding federal prosecutors brought the charges in the wrong location. Fortenberry, who represented Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District from 2005... Read More

Court Tosses Georgia District Maps, Orders Rewrite for 2024
Redistricting
Court Tosses Georgia District Maps, Orders Rewrite for 2024
2023-10-26 18:35:16
by Dan McCue

ATLANTA — A federal judge tossed out Georgia’s congressional and state legislative district maps on Thursday, ordering that they be redrawn in time for use in the 2024 election. In an order that ran to 516 pages, U.S. District Judge... Read More

As New Term Starts, Challenge to ‘Chevron’ Stars on High Court’s Docket
Supreme Court
As New Term Starts, Challenge to ‘Chevron’ Stars on High Court’s Docket
2023-09-29 18:50:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to begin a term that will include major cases on gun rights, the Americans With Disabilities Act, social media use by public officials, racial gerrymandering in South Carolina, and... Read More

Federal Judges Suspend 96-Year-Old Colleague They Say Shows Mental Decline
Courts
Federal Judges Suspend 96-Year-Old Colleague They Say Shows Mental Decline
2023-09-22 18:11:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Judges from the Federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday suspended a 96-year-old fellow judge for one year after she refused to submit to a mental competency test. They accused Judge Pauline Newman of misconduct for not... Read More

Judge Blocks Biden Administration From Influencing Social Media
Social Media
Judge Blocks Biden Administration From Influencing Social Media
2023-07-05 17:25:12
by Tom Ramstack

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday ordered the Biden administration and federal agencies to stop trying to influence posts on social media platforms. The president and some members of Congress have called for a regulatory crackdown... Read More

Federal Court Upholds Admissions Policy at Virginia High School
Education
Federal Court Upholds Admissions Policy at Virginia High School
2023-05-26 19:05:04
by Tom Ramstack

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal court in Virginia this week upheld a state high school’s admission policy intended to achieve racial equity despite complaints from parents that it discriminates against Asian American students. Administrators of the highly rated Thomas Jefferson... Read More

State Appellate Panel Revives Residents’ Fight Against Solar Farm
In The States
State Appellate Panel Revives Residents’ Fight Against Solar Farm
2023-05-01 15:56:35
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. — A three-judge appellate panel in Michigan last week revived a lawsuit challenging a change in a local zoning ordinance that led to a township approving the permit for an industrial solar farm. In a unanimous ruling, the... Read More

Maryland Lawmakers Set to Vote on Expanding Remote Court Viewing
In The States
Maryland Lawmakers Set to Vote on Expanding Remote Court Viewing
2023-02-09 22:55:30
by Tom Ramstack

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — A bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly to broaden public access to remote viewing of criminal court proceedings is gaining notoriety with support from singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. Apple has joined with the nonprofit group... Read More

Activist Gets Two Months for Blocking DC Beltway During Protest
Climate
Activist Gets Two Months for Blocking DC Beltway During Protest
2022-12-02 18:43:52
by Tom Ramstack

The 60-day jail sentence a Montgomery County, Maryland, judge imposed this week on a climate activist appears to be part of a trend among courts to get tough on environmental protesters as they become more aggressive. William Regan, 43, received... Read More

New York Attorney General Seeks Injunction Against Trump
Litigation
New York Attorney General Seeks Injunction Against Trump
2022-10-14 21:07:09
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — Donald Trump will learn on Halloween whether a New York judge grants the state attorney general’s request to block the Trump Organization from taking steps that might evade a lawsuit. The judge set a hearing for Oct.... Read More

Massachusetts Court Says Motel Staff Not Liable for Guest’s Suicide
Law
Massachusetts Court Says Motel Staff Not Liable for Guest’s Suicide
2022-09-02 16:03:35
by Tom Ramstack

CHICOPEE, Mass. — A Massachusetts court’s decision Thursday that absolved a motel chain from blame for the suicide of a guest clarifies the hospitality industry’s duty of care to its customers. The man’s family sued but Motel 6 successfully argued... Read More

Court Filing Reveals More Details Behind Mar-a-Lago Raid
Law Enforcement
Court Filing Reveals More Details Behind Mar-a-Lago Raid
2022-08-31 15:15:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A court filing by the Justice Department on Tuesday reveals new details on the reasoning behind its decision to raid former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home earlier this month — namely that it had obtained evidence... Read More

<strong>Gov. Edwards Tosses Congressional District Map in Louisiana</strong>
Redistricting
Gov. Edwards Tosses Congressional District Map in Louisiana
2022-03-10 20:41:31
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday vetoed the congressional district map approved by Louisiana’s Republican-controlled legislature last month, saying it failed to comply with the Voting Rights Act. In the wake of that decision, a... Read More

<strong>Walter Dellinger, Former Acting Solicitor General, Dies</strong>
In Memory
Walter Dellinger, Former Acting Solicitor General, Dies
2022-02-16 20:21:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Walter Dellinger III, the celebrated constitutional scholar who became almost as famous for biking to work in Washington, D.C., as he was for arguing landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. The former acting U.S. solicitor... 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

ABA Guidance Aims to Aid Lawyers Confronted With Communications Challenges
Law
ABA Guidance Aims to Aid Lawyers Confronted With Communications Challenges
2021-10-06 16:06:14
by Dan McCue

CHICAGO -- The American Bar Association released a formal opinion Wednesday intended to aid lawyers in situations in which they and their clients do not share a common language or the client has a condition or disability that makes communication... Read More

Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
Law
Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
2021-07-16 20:06:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling with implications for the upcoming fall semester, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. last week refused to dismiss lawsuits by college students seeking tuition refunds. The students want at least part of their tuition and... Read More

Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
Law
Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
2021-07-08 13:08:25
by Tom Ramstack

The court-appointed attorneys representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case resigned Tuesday after the pop icon asked a judge for permission to hire her own counsel. The high-profile case is testing whether California's conservatorship laws protect the wealthy celebrities they... Read More

US Ends Strict Trump-era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims
Immigration
US Ends Strict Trump-era Asylum Rules for Violence Victims

The U.S. government on Wednesday ended two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum, especially Central Americans. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued new instructions to immigration judges to stop following the Trump-era... Read More

First Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees is Diversity Personified
Courts
First Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees is Diversity Personified
2021-03-30 20:09:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees is a marked departure from the mostly white and mostly male picks of the Trump years. In all, Biden named 11 individuals he’d like to see on the bench, 10... Read More

New York Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
In The States
New York Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to join a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.  The agreement reached Saturday would expand... Read More

Pre-Trial Reforms Struggle to Balance Rights of Defendants and Crime Victims
Courts
Pre-Trial Reforms Struggle to Balance Rights of Defendants and Crime Victims
2021-03-26 18:54:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As Congress struggled Friday to find the fine line between protecting crime victims and suspects in pre-trial proceedings, federal prosecutors were trying to recover from an embarrassing blunder. In both cases, the federal government seeks to eliminate stumbling... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

College Sports Faces Bribery Scandal After Conviction of Adidas Marketers
Sports
College Sports Faces Bribery Scandal After Conviction of Adidas Marketers
2021-01-25 17:23:00
by Tom Ramstack

A federal court in New York on Friday upheld the convictions of three Adidas shoe company executives for paying bribes to basketball recruits to direct them to specific universities. The bribes were to ensure the recruits signed with Adidas-sponsored schools.... 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

OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
House Watch
OR-02: Cliff Bentz (R)
2020-11-02 05:26:51
by TWN Staff

About Bentz: Cliff Bentz is a third generation Oregonian, raised on his family’s cattle ranches in Harney County. He attended Whitehorse Ranch and Pine Creek Grade Schools. At age 14, he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle... Read More

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
House Watch
NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D)
2020-11-02 04:55:59
by TWN Staff

About Brindisi: Elected in 2018, Anthony Brindisi has been an outspoken advocate for his district. As an independent voice and a tireless supporter of Upstate New York’s working families, Brindisi has developed a record of working with anyone, at any... Read More

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