654 entries in 'Legal Topics'
2024/06/13   Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication
2024/05/29   A Thai court sentences an opposition lawmaker to 2 years in prison
2024/04/22   Supreme Court will weigh banning homeless people from sleeping outside
2024/04/08   Mexico breaks diplomatic ties with Ecuador after embassy raid
2024/03/31   Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot dating rule is legal under civil rights law
2024/03/26   Former Georgia insurance commissioner John Oxendine pleads guilty
2024/03/18   A Supreme Court ruling in a social media case could set standards
2024/03/15   Prosecutors seek from 40 to 50 years in prison for Sam Bankman-Fried
2024/01/28   Donald Trump must pay an additional $83.3 million to E. Jean Carroll
2024/01/24   Supreme Court could overturn Oklahoma death row inmate's conviction
2023/12/27   Michigan Supreme Court will keep Trump on the state's primary election ballot
2023/12/14   Brazil's Senate approves Lula ally as new Supreme Court justice
2023/11/23   Georgia Supreme Court ruling prevents GOP-backed commission
2023/11/18   Russian authorities ask the Court to declare the LGBTQ ‘movement’ extremist
2023/11/15   Trump pushes for election interference trial to be televised
2023/11/13   Supreme Court Releases Nonbinding Code of Ethics After Public Pressure
2023/11/07   Biden administration warns of disruption at border if judges halt asylum rule
2023/11/05   Donald Trump Jr. takes the witness stand in fraud trial
2023/10/17   Ban on electronic skill games in Virginia reinstated by state Supreme Court
2023/09/27   Democratic Sen. Menendez says cash found in home was not bribe proceeds
2023/09/21   The U.S. to Allow Venezuelans in the Country to Work Legally
2023/09/11   McCarthy juggles a government shutdown and a Biden impeachment inquiry
2023/08/30   3M agrees to pay $6 billion to settle earplug lawsuits
2023/08/27   US sues SpaceX for alleged hiring discrimination against refugees and others
2023/08/20   Worker gets almost 3 years in prison for stealing $1M from employer
2023/08/16   McCarthy floats stopgap funding to prevent a government shutdown
2023/08/02   Bankruptcy Filings Rise 10%, and Courts Feel the Pinch
2023/07/30   Trump’s Lawyers Meet With Prosecutors as Election Interference Charges Loom
2023/07/20   White House is taking on corporate mergers, landlord junk fees
2023/07/17   Louisiana Senate passes bill banning gender-affirming care
2023/07/13   Amazon pushes back against Europe’s pioneering new digital rules
2023/07/05   Judge limits Biden administration in working with social media companies
2023/07/02   Judge allows North Carolina’s revised 12-week abortion law to take effect
2023/06/28   Supreme Court rules for nursing home patient’s family
2023/06/07   Southern Indiana man bolts from courtroom before capture
2023/05/19   Supreme Court won’t put Illinois gun law on hold
2023/05/09   Senegal’s opposition leader gets suspended jail sentence
2023/04/30   Judge in Catholic bankruptcy recuses over church donations
2023/04/20   Supreme Court rejects Turkish bank’s arguments in Iran case
2023/04/04   Car Accidents Attorney in Sunnyvale, California
2023/04/01   UN seeks court opinion on climate in win for island states
2023/03/16   Court: Ukraine can try to avoid repaying $3B loan to Russia
2023/03/15   Georgia grand jury heard another Trump call recording
2023/02/08   N. Carolina courts director leaving, deputy replacing him
2023/01/16   Canadian kills 2 in Philippine court, is shot dead
2022/12/27   Military police enforce driving ban in snow-stricken Buffalo
2022/11/01   Indiana Democrats pin legislative gains on abortion debate
2022/10/11   Fishermen hire Bush-era official in challenge to whale laws
2022/10/03   CAS asked to judge Ecuador case by 10 days before World Cup
2022/09/19   Iran faces US in international court over asset seizure
2022/09/08   Utah-based company wins auction to buy Jay Peak in Vermont
2022/08/29   Pa. man who attacked police on Jan. 6 gets 46-month sentence
2022/08/23   Judge rules teen was justified in shooting assailant 7 times
2022/08/02   Family loses Supreme Court bid to extend boy’s life support
2022/07/25   Louisiana Supreme Court’s chief justice reelected
2022/07/01   Court denies request for emergency halt to Ohio abortion ban
2022/06/24   States brace for fight over gun laws after high court ruling
2022/06/07   Wisconsin Supreme Court says COVID records can be released
2022/06/03   Man denies kidnapping charge in alleged murder-for-hire plot
2022/05/18   Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map
2022/03/29   Man who waved Confederate flag pleads guilty in Capitol riot
2022/03/09   Kansas AG asking judge to dismiss redistricting lawsuits
2022/02/23   Gangs control who eats at Mississippi jail, monitor says
2022/02/19   Maryland governor appoints 2 to state’s highest court
2022/02/12   Temple prof seeks reinstatement of damage claims against FBI
2022/02/08   Moats named to temporary seat on West Virginia Supreme Court
2022/02/05   Suits target New Orleans virus rules, some affect Mardi Gras
2022/01/31   US sanctions Myanmar judiciary officials on coup anniversary
2022/01/26   Palin COVID-19 tests delay libel trial against NY Times
2022/01/21   Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing
2022/01/17   Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge
2022/01/14   Appeals court: Illinois counties must end ICE contracts
2022/01/11   Wisconsin judge rejects attempt to block election subpoena
2022/01/09   Cobb County jury trials paused as COVID-19 spreads
2022/01/03   Judges send Tyson workers’ virus lawsuit back to state court
2021/12/21   Appeals court upholds mask requirement for Knox schools
2021/12/17   Anchorage wins lawsuit over failed port construction
2021/12/13   Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin
2021/11/28   Italy frees man convicted of 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher
2021/11/24   Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts
2021/11/21   New Mexico Supreme court mediates clash on pandemic aid
2021/11/13   Trials delayed for mother, son in Mississippi fraud cases
2021/11/09   International Criminal Court to probe abuses in Venezuela
2021/11/04   Palestinians reject offer to delay their Jerusalem eviction
2021/11/01   Video: Officer shoots Illinois inmate after struggle for gun
2021/10/26   Cambodia amends charter to bar dual citizens from top office
2021/10/22   Federal appeals court won’t stop health worker COVID mandate
2021/10/14   Man arrested after paint thrown on Confederate monument
2021/10/11   Appellate court sets hearing in South Carolina abortion case
2021/10/09   US Supreme Court allows lawsuit against troopers to proceed
2021/10/04   Commissioner sought to oversee 3 Ohio redistricting suits
2021/10/01   Arkansas court: State can’t enforce ban on mask mandates
2021/09/27   Federal judge delays vaccine mandate for NYC teachers
2021/09/20   Spain: Venezuelan spymaster loses court extradition dispute
2021/09/16   Minnesota Supreme Court defers ruling on Minneapolis police
2021/09/13   Australia’s High Court intervenes in police shooting trial
2021/09/08   Supreme Court hanging up phone, back to in-person arguments
2021/09/06   Court rules Catholic school wrongfully fired gay substitute
2021/08/30   Maryland’s highest court reviewing teen sniper’s life term
2021/08/26   Judge blocks photography ban in Georgia’s new election law
2021/08/20   Judge tells prison to seize Nassar’s money for victims
2021/08/18   US moves to cut backlog of asylum cases at US-Mexico border
2021/08/16   Holocaust researchers in Poland win libel case on appeal
2021/08/15   Federal judge leaves CDC evictions moratorium in place
2021/08/14   Trusted Advisors – Brownlie Hansen LLP
2021/08/11   Court tosses ruling against Pennsylvania COVID-19 measures
2021/08/09   Order: Mississippi judges have discretion for COVID safety
2021/07/30   Family Law Attorneys Website Design
2021/07/27   Woman convicted in kidnapping gets re-sentencing hearing
2021/07/26   Web Design for Sole Practitioners
2021/07/24   40-year sentence upheld for man who killed his roommate
2021/07/22   Bankruptcy proceedings can have long-term benefits
2021/07/12   Nepal’s Supreme Court reinstates dissolved lower house
2021/07/06   Court refuses appeal of ex-Cleveland cop who shot Tamir Rice
2021/07/02   Ruling is final blow to New Hampshire voter registration law
2021/06/30   Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction overturned by court
2021/06/22   Bankruptcy is Just Filling Out Some Forms, Right?
2021/06/11   Court: Local Wisconsin heath departments can’t close schools
2021/06/09   Court nixes South Carolina’s lifelong sex offender registry
2021/06/07   Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges
2021/05/30   Ruling: Missed court date in Washington does not imply guilt
2021/05/20   Brazil police probe environment minister over timber exports
2021/05/18   Most virus-related restrictions lifted for Kentucky courts
2021/05/14   Justices consider hearing a case on ‘most offensive word’
2021/03/30   Death penalty decision delayed in Rapid City murder trial
2021/02/22   Judge refuses to order remote access to New Hampshire House
2021/01/21   Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail
2020/12/27   China sentences lawyer who reported on outbreak to 4 years
2020/10/30   Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
2020/09/30   Court to release grand jury record in Breonna Taylor case
2020/08/12   New Jersey's top court: Defendant must share phone passcodes
2020/08/08   Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions
2020/07/07   Town court in southern Nevada closes due to coronavirus
2020/07/05   Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling
2020/06/04   Pandemic means a silent June at the Supreme Court
2020/05/14   Virus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan
2020/03/13   Australia’s High Court hears what may be Pell’s last appeal
2020/01/22   Court takes another look at Native American adoption law
2019/12/05   Court to consider bathroom use by transgender student
2019/11/20   Ohio Supreme Court keeps camera challenge alive
2019/11/02   Georgia high court affirms dismissal of election challenge
2019/10/09   Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit
2019/10/03   Ohio counties tell court: Don’t let state stop opioid trial
2019/08/17   Appeals court expands minor leaguers salary lawsuit
2019/08/17   Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border
2019/07/24   Supreme Court: Trump can use Pentagon funds for border wall
2019/06/14   Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime
2019/06/11   Former FIFA official to challenge life ban at sports court
2019/06/11   Supreme Court sides with Alabama company in patent dispute
2019/06/05   US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights
2019/05/16   Feds: US Supreme Court should turn down 'Bridgegate' appeal
2019/05/07   A loophole could keep young terror suspects out of US courts
2019/05/03   Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill ‘Obamacare’
2019/04/13   Texas’ high court keeps execution drug supplier secret
2019/03/18   Supreme Court to consider Louisiana's non-unanimous juries
2019/03/11   Ohio Republicans defending state congressional map in court
2019/03/11   Case about indigent drivers and drivers' licenses in court
2019/02/26   Court upholds car rental tax imposed in Maricopa County
2019/01/18   Florida school shooting suspect due back in court
2019/01/13   DeSantis picks female Cuban-American for state's high court
2019/01/10   Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision
2018/12/25   Cancer the latest health woe for resilient Justice Ginsburg
2018/12/19   Colorado baker returns to court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation
2018/12/03   High court seems to lean against West Virginia in tax case
2018/11/29   Supreme Court sends bar fees case back for further look
2018/11/23   No holiday respite for Trump's criticism of nation's courts
2018/11/03   Heated congressional, court races on Arkansas midterm ballot
2018/11/02   Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland cross memorial case
2018/10/29   N Carolina justices to take case on Court of Appeals number
2018/10/23   Virginia top court to hear 'unrestorably incompetent' case
2018/10/10   Top French court to rule on faulty breast implant scandal
2018/10/05   Massachusetts high court to weigh teen texting suicide case
2018/10/01   US Supreme Court declines to hear Drew Peterson's appeal
2018/09/23   Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence
2018/09/15   Juvenile waived to adult court in Indy doctor's slaying
2018/09/11   Audit: West Virginia Supreme Court skirted pay law
2018/09/06   Senator asks court to declare Duterte arrest order illegal
2018/09/05   Louisiana Supreme Court upholds life sentence in beating
2018/09/02   UN court hears case over strategic Indian Ocean islands
2018/08/28   Iran goes to UN's highest court over re-imposed US sanctions
2018/08/06   Filing period opens for West Virginia Supreme Court seat
2018/08/05   Oklahoma lawsuit against opioid makers back in state court
2018/07/31   Court: Mud buggy race operators weren't negligent in crash
2018/07/23   Judge, calm in court, takes hard line on splitting families
2018/07/22   State Supreme Court returns stalking case to lower court
2018/07/09   Hawaii Supreme Court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case
2018/07/03   Trump has 2 or 3 more candidates to interview for court
2018/06/17   Kentucky high court: Death penalty IQ law unconstitutional
2018/06/15   NY high court nixes Trump's bid to delay defamation suit
2018/05/22   Supreme Court allows Arkansas to enforce abortion restrictions
2018/05/05   Court to hear challenge to Winona County's sand mining ban
2018/04/26   Supreme Court to hear appeal of Missouri death row inmate
2018/04/17   Question of sales tax on online purchases goes to high court
2018/04/10   Singer Cliff Richard's case against BBC begins in High Court
2018/03/07   Court fight over, founding papers of AA to go up for auction
2018/03/01   Brazil court largely upholds law that some fear hurts Amazon
2018/03/01   High court: Held immigrants can't get periodic bond hearings
2018/02/13   GOP to take new congressional map to court
2018/02/11   Wisconsin Supreme Court primary will leave just two
2018/02/03   Judge admonishes victims' dad who charged at Nassar in court
2018/02/01   Court error unmasks person of interest in Las Vegas massacre
2018/01/26   Analysis: Outside groups may factor in Arkansas court race
2018/01/21   Court rules that Kushner firm must disclose partners' names
2018/01/14   Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality
2018/01/07   Court extends halt in Louisiana executions after judge dies
2017/12/18   Myanmar court extends detention for 2 Reuters reporters
2017/10/17   Lawyers want Supreme Court to block Texas from executing man
2017/10/12   Ex-SKorea leader Park complains about extension of detention
2017/10/08   Bosnian court acquits ex-Srebrenica commander of war crimes
2017/10/03   Supreme Court says Alabama execution can proceed
2017/10/01   Man who killed NFL star's son taking case to high court
2017/09/27   Uber in London court in employment case
2017/09/11   Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg is set speak in Chicago
2017/09/04   S. Indiana city's mayor defends rental ordinance in court
2017/08/31   Court: Cherokee Freedmen have right to tribal citizenship
2017/08/21   Nevada pot regulators back in court as supplies dwindle
2017/07/16   Federal court's agenda has topics that draw Trump's ire
2017/07/13   Man charged with killing Maine couple on Christmas in court
2017/07/09   Indiana high court to rule on Lake Michigan beach ownership
2017/07/03   Abduction suspect makes first appearance in court
2017/06/30   More court challenges expected for Trump's new travel ban
2017/06/28   Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court
2017/06/27   Supreme Court term ended much different than it began
2017/06/25   Supreme Court agrees to take up Colorado gay wedding case
2017/06/20   Ronaldo summoned to court, Mourinho accused of tax fraud
2017/06/17   After jury deadlocks, Bill Cosby faces 2nd sex assault trial
2017/06/09   The Latest: Suspect in 36 fire deaths appears in court
2017/06/04   Philippine lawmakers ask top court to nullify martial law
2017/06/03   Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch: Rule of law 'a blessing'
2017/05/22   Family of Colorado man killed by police settles lawsuit
2017/04/24   High court won't hear appeal over CIA torture report
2017/04/20   Conservatives fault Arkansas court for halting executions
2017/04/19   Pakistan court to decide on accusations against PM's family
2017/04/12   Court: Banned Dartmouth fraternity can't live in house
2017/04/07   New Ohio lethal injection process rejected by appeals court
2017/03/30   Nicaragua high court denies farmers' appeal of canal project
2017/03/22   Court: Sex offender can challenge internet restrictions
2017/03/03   High court ruling could reshape Virginia political map
2017/02/24   High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws
2017/02/14   Court: Police executing 'no-knock' warrant before shooting
2017/02/04   Missouri death row inmate appeals to US Supreme Court
2017/01/25   Greek court rejects extradition for Turkish servicemen
2017/01/23   Kyrgyz court confirms life sentence for journalist
2017/01/08   Circus operator agrees to plea deal in tent collapse
2017/01/08   South Korean executives jailed for humidifier cleaner deaths
2016/12/06   Court: Star Chinese investor pleads guilty in stock case
2016/11/27   Turkey: court asked to drop case against Israeli officials
2016/11/20   Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government
2016/11/04   UK court brings Brexit plans screeching to halt
2016/11/01   Kansas high court justices defend handling of capital cases
2016/10/18   Court hearing on potential Ontario ban of Indians name, logo
2016/10/14   Court enters default judgment in Kansas voting rights case
2016/10/04   Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidates law restricting abortion
2016/09/21   Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court
2016/09/06   Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state anti-corruption laws
2016/08/27   Egypt court releases lawyer who defied president
2016/08/02   Former Virginia first lady asks court to vacate convictions
2016/07/28   Court reinstates rape charges despite delay in indictment
2016/07/15   Court blocks prosecutors from seizing emails stored overseas
2016/05/30   Egypt military court sentences 8 to death
2016/05/07   Spanish court seeks arrest of Putin-linked Russians
2016/05/02   Court in Russia-annexed Crimea bans Tatar assembly
2016/04/25   High court won't step into Mich. dispute over harness racing
2016/04/22   Federal lawyer gets 30 days for forging document
2016/04/21   Court document: Newtown teacher carried loaded gun in school
2016/04/01   Supreme Court's future hangs in the balance in 2016
2016/03/28   Clinton: Americans should put Court nomination at forefront
2016/02/23   Connecticut's top court hears Kennedy cousin murder case
2016/02/20   Man recounts harrowing Uber ride with Kalamazoo suspect
2016/02/14   Supreme Court scuffle triggers constitutional clash
2016/01/28   Court to weigh practice of Christian prayers at meetings
2016/01/19   Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols
2015/11/30   High Court rules against Northern Ireland's abortion law
2015/11/26   Appeals court: EPA chief doesn't have to give deposition
2015/11/21   Detroit-area ex-officer found guilty in videotaped beating
2015/11/20   Perry's indictment in hands of top Texas criminal court
2015/11/04   Supreme Court considers if Pistorius guilty of murder
2015/10/19   Federal court programs aim to keep defendants out of prison
2015/10/09   Suspect in some Phoenix freeway shootings pleads not guilty
2015/10/01   Court strikes down possible payments to college athletes
2015/09/26   Court tosses Chicago inmate's $10M suit for escape
2015/09/24   Indiana's high court to consider State Fair stage collapse
2015/09/18   Religious clerks in Kentucky follow law, but see conflict
2015/09/10   Idaho high court upholds law banning horse racing terminals
2015/09/04   Court: Transgender asylum seekers can't be equated with gays
2015/08/15   Court fines Washington state over education funding
2015/08/10   Inmate challenge to death sentence goes back to trial court
2015/07/29   Appeals court: Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial
2015/07/16   Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry
2015/07/14   Penn State ex-officials' case heads to appeals court hearing
2015/07/09   Religious beliefs, gay rights clash in court case over cake
2015/07/06   Michael Jackson’s doctor pleads not guilty
2015/07/05   Legal public nudity; cattle rustling; sheriff pays tax
2015/07/01   In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening
2015/06/24   French court rules police illegally targeted minorities
2015/06/22   Man pleads guilty to charge over noose on Ole Miss statue
2015/06/13   Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday
2015/06/07   Egypt court sentences 11 to death over 2012 soccer riot
2015/05/14   Appeals court skeptical of fairness of trader's conviction
2014/11/18   Appeals court rules against imprisoned American
2014/11/11   Italian court deliberating appeal in quake trial
2014/10/30   Appeals court in Va. reviewing NC abortion law
2014/10/28   Court in Va. examines death row isolation policy
2014/10/22   Court justice suspended over role in porn scandal
2014/10/20   Writers object after UK court bans abuse memoir
2014/09/29   Case of American jailed in Cuba back in US court
2014/09/29   Court-martial for Missouri drill sergeant resumes
2014/09/22   Case of American jailed in Cuba back in US court
2014/09/09   Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike
2014/09/01   Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing
2014/08/28   Guilty plea in California meat recall case
2014/08/19   Brazil's Supreme Court elects new president
2014/08/13   Court considers if executioners can be named
2014/08/06   Court: Caregivers can't sue Alzheimer's patients
2014/08/06   Court hearing gay marriage arguments from 4 states
2014/07/29   German court receives suit against EU bank union
2014/07/29   Brown appoints legal affairs aide to appeals court
2014/07/22   Montana court sends wind farm clash to California
2014/07/08   California high court tosses death penalty
2014/06/03   Court gives OJ lawyers a week to resubmit appeal
2014/05/23   Justice Dept. to Reveal Drone Memo
2014/05/09   Oklahoma court agrees to 6-month stay of execution
2014/05/02   3 men guilty on all counts in teens' slaying
2014/04/25   Court revives lawsuit vs. state Medicaid expansion
2014/04/21   Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case
2014/04/17   GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection
2014/04/08   Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling
2014/04/03   High court voids overall contribution limits
2014/03/28   US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules
2014/03/17   Lawsuit says California mortgage money mishandled
2014/03/10   Man pleads guilty to sea cucumber smuggling charge
2014/03/07   Fla. high court: Immigrant can't get law license
2014/03/05   Court weighs securities fraud class-action cases
2014/02/28   Court: School ban of US flag shirts allowed
2014/02/24   Court: Spain can extradite Liberty Reserve founder
2014/02/18   Appeals court reinstates BP shareholders' lawsuit
2014/02/13   Ky. high court to hear death penalty appeal
2014/02/10   Farmer pleads guilty in pot growing scheme
2014/02/10   Lawyers for Boston Marathon suspect due in court
2014/02/07   Case challenging gay-marriage ban heard in Va.
2014/01/30   Viacom, Fox want to run anti-smoking ads too
2014/01/27   High court rules against steelworkers' claim
2014/01/20   Court: Bloggers have First Amendment protections
2014/01/16   Court: Feds can target California pot clinics
2014/01/13   Chile's top court rules against coal-fired complex
2014/01/10   Court: Lawmakers must expedite education funding
2014/01/06   Pa. monsignor due in court after leaving prison
2014/01/02   Serial rapist Coe appeals confinement in US court
2013/12/20   Hearing: Which court should hear coastal lawsuit?
2013/12/16   $15 SeaTac minimum wage challenged in court
2013/12/09   New Calif. court date set for ex-Nevada lawmaker
2013/12/05   LA airport shooting suspect appears in court
2013/11/25   Appeals court won't toss NYC stop-frisk rulings
2013/11/22   Republicans block nominee to key appeals court
2013/11/22   International court summit debates Africa issues
2013/11/19   Russian court: Greenpeace activist to stay in jail
2013/11/11   High court reverses pot conviction over evidence
2013/11/04   Planned Parenthood Asks Supreme Court's Help In Texas
2013/11/04   Court-martial date set in Naval Academy case
2013/10/29   Ride operator appears in court on NC fair injuries
2013/10/14   High court weighs Mich. ban on affirmative action
2013/10/04   Spanish court convicts 53 in corruption trial
2013/09/30   Federal court reverses man's murder conviction
2013/09/09   NM court to hear case over educator pension cuts
2013/09/04   Custody dispute goes to Okla. Supreme Court
2013/08/29   Ind. high court to hear eminent domain lawsuit
2013/08/12   Ore. appeals court reverses sex abuse conviction
2013/08/05   US court: Pa. school can't ban 'boobies' bracelets
2013/07/23   Arizona high court to hear school funding case
2013/07/09   NJ court overturns award for view lost to dune
2013/07/02   Court: No class-action status in Google book case
2013/06/25   High court to review immigration dispute
2013/06/13   Court says human genes cannot be patented
2013/06/05   Court OKs Class-action Suit Over Apartment Leases
2013/06/01   Court Upholds Rifle Sales Reporting Requirement
2013/05/28   Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case
2013/05/25   Court denies second hearing on Medi-Cal rate cut
2013/05/23   Judge OKs class-action settlement over Skechers
2013/04/01   Court: EPA can stop some power plant modifications
2013/03/01   SC court nixes James Brown estate settlement
2013/01/17   Djokovic back on his favorite court in Australia
2012/10/13   The Rosen Law Firm Announces Securities Class Action
2012/08/24   Appeals court removes key civil service protection
2012/06/21   Use new drug sentencing law in crack cases
2012/06/14   UK top court rejects Assange bid to reopen case
2012/06/12   Feds and Florida headed to court over voter purge
2012/06/04   Ind. taxpayers lose high court fight over refunds
2012/05/14   Court won't hear appeals from Bulger victim family
2012/05/12   Court won't consider giving man new trial
2012/05/01   Lawyer enters not guilty plea for shooting suspect
2012/04/30   High court's stance could spur immigration laws
2012/04/18   Breivik wants death penalty or acquittal
2012/04/17   Court Rules For Private Lawyer Hired By CA City
2012/03/12   Justice Dept opposes Texas voter ID law
2012/02/24   Appeals court tosses Armenian payments law
2012/02/13   Student bra search case goes to NC Supreme Court
2012/02/08   BofA investor lawsuit wins class-action status
2012/02/06   Ga. court overturns assisted suicide restrictions
2012/01/27   US Supreme Court won't review Venezuela suit
2012/01/23   Court overturns Calif. slaughterhouse law
2012/01/21   Court throws out judge-drawn Texas electoral maps
2012/01/16   Perry appeals judge's ruling on Va. primary ballot
2012/01/12   Md. man's leave lawsuit lands in Supreme Court
2012/01/10   Appeals court says Texas can enforce abortion law
2012/01/09   Seyfarth Shaw's Workplace Class Action Litigation Report
2012/01/08   High court backs foreign campaign contribution ban
2012/01/05   CA court to mull expiration date for clergy abuse
2012/01/04   Ecuador court upholds ruling against Chevron
2012/01/02   MT court restores corporate campaign spending ban
2011/12/30   Calif officials seek redevelopment compromise
2011/12/17   Suspect's lawyer describes Minn. courthouse attack
2011/12/12   Court: Can lawsuit against casino go forward?
2011/12/11   Saxena White P.A. Files a Securities Fraud Class Action
2011/12/10   Appeals court affirms Petters conviction, sentence
2011/12/08   Ark. court affirms $50M verdict for rice farmers
2011/12/06   Bank of America settles mortgage suit for $315 mln
2011/12/05   Court: State prisoners count at home in redistricting
2011/12/01   Farmers Insurance Settles Class Action Lawsuit
2011/11/29   LA protesters defy eviction efforts, go to court
2011/11/29   US court won't block its Texas redistricting map
2011/11/28   Utah-to-Boston passenger denies child porn charge
2011/11/16   NY federal appeals court reverses Bruno conviction
2011/11/14   Russia court rejects $16 billion claim against BP
2011/11/11   Govt asks justices to stay out of immigration case
2011/11/08   Court upholds conviction in Pa. murder case
2011/11/07   Court: Fla. must weigh arbitration in Madoff case
2011/10/31   Court sidesteps Connecticut student speech case
2011/10/26   PETA lawsuit seeks to expand animal rights
2011/10/22   Mom pleads guilty to forcing beer on children
2011/10/21   Court orders new trial for convicted Cass County killer
2011/10/17   Court to hear bid to sue Shell for Nigerian abuses
2011/10/11   Airline attack suspect sought martyrdom
2011/10/06   Alberto Gonzales joins Nashville law firm
2011/10/05   Ga. ban on guns in places of worship before court
2011/10/03   Mass. man charged in terror plot pleads not guilty
2011/10/02   US soldier found not guilty in contractor death
2011/09/26   Appeals court hears challenge to health care law
2011/09/09   W.Va. lawyer nominated to federal appeals court
2011/09/01   Colombia court reinstates conviction in Galan hit
2011/08/30   Court to hear appeal over medicating Loughner
2011/08/30   Court approves Harry and David reorganization plan
2011/08/24   Court asked to stop immigrant license checks
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Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication
Legal Topics | 2024/06/13 19:01
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.

The nine justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the medication, mifepristone, and the FDA’s subsequent actions to ease access to it. The case had threatened to restrict access to mifepristone across the country, including in states where abortion remains legal.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was part of the majority to overturn Roe, wrote for the court on Thursday that “federal courts are the wrong forum for addressing the plaintiffs’ concerns about FDA’s actions.”

The decision could lessen the intensity of the abortion issue in the November elections, with Democrats already energized and voting against restrictions on reproductive rights. But the high court is separately considering another abortion case, about whether a federal law on emergency treatment at hospitals overrides state abortion bans in rare emergency cases in which a pregnant patient’s health is at serious risk.

More than 6 million people have used mifepristone since 2000. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone and primes the uterus to respond to the contraction-causing effect of a second drug, misoprostol. The two-drug regimen has been used to end a pregnancy through 10 weeks gestation.

Health care providers have said that if mifepristone is no longer available or is too hard to obtain, they would switch to using only misoprostol, which is somewhat less effective in ending pregnancies.

President Joe Biden’s administration and drug manufacturers had warned that siding with abortion opponents in this case could undermine the FDA’s drug approval process beyond the abortion context by inviting judges to second-guess the agency’s scientific judgments. The Democratic administration and New York-based Danco Laboratories, which makes mifepristone, argued that the drug is among the safest the FDA has ever approved.


A Thai court sentences an opposition lawmaker to 2 years in prison
Legal Topics | 2024/05/29 16:36
A Thai court on Monday sentenced a lawmaker from a progressive opposition party to two years in prison after finding her guilty of defaming the monarchy in a speech she made during a protest rally three years ago.

Chonthicha Jangrew of the Move Forward Party was greeted by several supporters when she arrived at the Thanyaburi Provincial Court in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, with some party colleagues. Chonthicha, popularly known by her nickname “Lookkate,” represents a constituency in Pathum Thani.

Her charges stemmed from her speech in 2021 that demanded the release of all political prisoners during a rally in front of the same court that delivered Monday’s sentence.

She was found guilty for parts of the speech concerning how the government then led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had amended laws to give King Vajiralongkorn more power to control the palace wealth, which is managed by the Crown Property Bureau.

The judge said her speech could misinform the public by suggesting that King Vajiralongkorn can spend taxpayers’ money for his personal use and use his influence to interfere with politics, which could tarnish his reputation.

The judge originally sentenced her to three years in prison, but reduced it to two years because of her cooperation in the trial. The law for defaming the monarchy, an offense known as lese majeste, carries a penalty of three to 15 years imprisonment. It is widely referred to as Article 112 from its place in the Criminal Code.

Chonthicha was afterwards released on bail of 150,000 baht ($4,100). Had bail not been granted and she been sent directly to prison, she would have immediately been removed from her seat in Parliament.

She told reporters that she wasn’t surprised about the verdict as the majority of 112 charges led to convictions.



Supreme Court will weigh banning homeless people from sleeping outside
Legal Topics | 2024/04/22 00:16
The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

The case is considered the most significant to come before the high court in decades on homelessness, which has reached record levels in the United States.

In California and other Western states, courts have ruled that it’s unconstitutional to fine and arrest people sleeping in homeless encampments if shelter space is lacking.

A cross-section of Democratic and Republican officials contend that makes it difficult for them to manage encampments, which can have dangerous and unsanitary living conditions.

But hundreds of advocacy groups argue that allowing cities to punish people who need a place to sleep will criminalize homelessness and ultimately make the crisis worse as the cost of housing increases.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the court Monday morning with silver thermal blankets and signs like “housing not handcuffs.”

The Justice Department has also weighed in. It argues people shouldn’t be punished just for sleeping outside, but only if there’s a determination they truly have nowhere else to go.

The case comes from the rural Oregon town of Grants Pass, which started fining people $295 for sleeping outside to manage homeless encampments that sprung up in the city’s public parks as the cost of housing escalated.

The measure was largely struck down by the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which also found in 2018 that such bans violated the Eighth Amendment by punishing people for something they don’t have control over. The 9th Circuit oversees nine Western states, including California, which is home to about one-third of the nation’s homeless population.

The case comes after homelessness in the United States grew a dramatic 12%, to its highest reported level as soaring rents and a decline in coronavirus pandemic assistance combined to put housing out of reach for more Americans, according to federal data. The court is expected to decide the case by the end of June.



Mexico breaks diplomatic ties with Ecuador after embassy raid
Legal Topics | 2024/04/08 18:29
The Mexican president has quickly moved to break off diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police broke into the Mexican Embassy to arrest a former vice president who had sought political asylum there after being indicted on corruption charges.

In an extraordinarily unusual move, Ecuadorian police forced their way into the embassy in the capital, Quito, to arrest Jorge Glas, who had been residing there since December. Police broke through the external doors of the Mexican diplomatic headquarters in the Ecuadorian capital and entered the main patio to get Glas.

On Saturday, he was taken from the attorney general’s office to a detention facility in an armored vehicle followed by a convoy of military and police vehicles. People who had gathered outside the prosecutor’s office yelled “strength” as the vehicles began to move.

The raid prompted Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to announce the break of diplomatic relations with Ecuador Friday evening.

Glas has been convicted on bribery and corruption charges. Ecuadorian authorities are still investigating more allegations against him. “This is not possible. It cannot be. This is crazy,” Roberto Canseco, head of the Mexican consular section in Quito, told local press while standing outside the embassy. “I am very worried because they could kill him. There is no basis to do this. This is totally outside the norm.”

Defending its decision, Ecuador’s presidency said in a statement: “Ecuador is a sovereign nation and we are not going to allow any criminal to stay free.”

López Obrador fired back, calling Glas’ detention an “authoritarian act” and “a flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Mexico.”

Alicia Bárcena, Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations, posted on the social platform X that a number of diplomats suffered injuries during the break-in, adding that it violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Diplomatic premises are considered “inviolable” under the Vienna treaties and local law enforcement agencies are not allowed to enter without the permission of the ambassador. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lived inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years because British police could not enter to arrest him.

Bárcena said that Mexico would take the case to the International Court of Justice “to denounce Ecuador’s responsibility for violations of international law.” She also said Mexican diplomats were only waiting for the Ecuadorian government to offer the necessary guarantees for their return home.

Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry and Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot dating rule is legal under civil rights law
Legal Topics | 2024/03/31 03:49
A requirement for Pennsylvania voters to put accurate handwritten dates on the outside envelopes of their mail-in ballots does not run afoul of a civil rights law, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling.

A divided 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold enforcement of the required date on return envelopes, a technical mandate that caused thousands of votes to be declared invalid in the 2022 election.

The total number is a small fraction of the large state’s electorate, but the court’s ruling puts additional attention on Pennsylvania’s election procedures ahead of a presidential election in which its Electoral College votes are up for grabs.

A lower court judge had ruled in November that even without the proper dates, mail-in ballots should be counted if they are received in time. U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter said the envelope date is irrelevant in helping elections officials decide whether a ballot was received in time or if a voter is qualified.

In the court’s opinion, Judge Thomas Ambro said the section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that the lower court relied upon does not pertain to ballot-casting rules broadly, such as dates on envelopes, but “is concerned only with the process of determining a voter’s eligibility to cast a ballot.”

“The Pennsylvania General Assembly has decided that mail-in voters must date the declaration on the return envelope of their ballot to make their vote effective,” Ambro wrote. “The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania unanimously held this ballot-casting rule is mandatory; thus, failure to comply renders a ballot invalid under Pennsylvania law.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which helped represent groups and voters who challenged the date mandate, said the ruling could mean thousands of votes won’t be counted over what it called a meaningless error.

“We strongly disagree with the panel majority’s conclusion that voters may be disenfranchised for a minor paperwork error like forgetting to write an irrelevant date on the return envelope of their mail ballot,” Ari Savitzky, a lawyer with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project who argued the appeal, said in a statement. “We are considering all of our options at this time.”

State and national Republican groups defended the date requirement, and the Republican National Committee called the decision a “crucial victory for election integrity and voter confidence.”

In Pennsylvania, Democrats have been far more likely to vote by mail than Republicans under an expansion of mail-in ballots enacted in 2019.



Former Georgia insurance commissioner John Oxendine pleads guilty
Legal Topics | 2024/03/26 08:50
A former Georgia insurance commissioner who made a failed Republican run for governor has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud.

John W. Oxendine of Johns Creek entered the guilty plea Friday in federal court in Atlanta. The 61-year-old had been indicted in May 2022 on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but Oxendine is likely to be sentenced to less. Federal sentencing guidelines discussed in the plea agreement suggest prosecutors will recommend Oxendine be imprisoned between 4 years, 3 months, and 5 years, 3 months, depending on what U.S. District Judge Steve Jones decides at a sentencing hearing set for July 12. Jones could also fine Oxendine and order him to serve supervised release.

Oxendine also agreed to pay nearly $700,000 in restitution to health insurers who lost money in the scheme, the plea document states. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the money laundering charge as part of the plea.

“John Oxendine, as the former statewide insurance commissioner, knew the importance of honest dealings between doctors and insurance companies,” U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said in a statement. “But for personal profit he willfully conspired with a physician to order hundreds of unnecessary lab tests, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Prosecutors say Oxendine conspired with Dr. Jeffrey Gallups to pressure other physicians who practiced with Gallups to order unnecessary medical tests from Next Health, a lab in Texas. Prosecutors said Oxendine pushed the plan in a September 2015 presentation to doctors who worked for Gallups’ practice.

The lab company, Oxendine and Gallups agreed the company would pay Gallups a kickback of 50% of the profit on the tests, Oxendine’s indictment said. Next Health paid $260,000 in kickbacks through Oxendine’s insurance consulting company, prosecutors said. Oxendine paid a $150,000 charitable contribution and $70,000 in attorney’s fees on Gallups,’ behalf, prosecutors said, keeping $40,000 for himself. Some patients were also charged, getting bills of up to $18,000 for the tests, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Oxendine told Gallups to lie and say the payments from Oxendine were loans when a compliance officer at Gallups’ company asked about them. Oxendine told Gallups to repeat the same lie when questioned by federal agents, prosecutors said. And they said Oxendine falsely said he didn’t work with the lab company or get money from Next Health when interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


A Supreme Court ruling in a social media case could set standards
Legal Topics | 2024/03/18 20:56
In a busy term that could set standards for free speech in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Monday is taking up a dispute between Republican-led states and the Biden administration over how far the federal government can go to combat controversial social media posts on topics including COVID-19 and election security.

The justices are hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed by Louisiana, Missouri and other parties accusing officials in the Democratic administration of leaning on the social media platforms to unconstitutionally squelch conservative points of view. Lower courts have sided with the states, but the Supreme Court blocked those rulings while it considers the issue.

The high court is in the midst of a term heavy with social media issues. On Friday, the court laid out standards for when public officials can block their social media followers. Less than a month ago, the court heard arguments over Republican-passed laws in Florida and Texas that prohibit large social media companies from taking down posts because of the views they express.

The cases over state laws and the one being argued Monday are variations on the same theme, complaints that the platforms are censoring conservative viewpoints. The states argue that White House communications staffers, the surgeon general, the FBI and the U.S. cybersecurity agency are among those who coerced changes in online content on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and other media platforms.

“It’s a very, very threatening thing when the federal government uses the power and authority of the government to block people from exercising their freedom of speech,” Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill said in a video her office posted online.

The administration responds that none of the actions the states complain about come close to problematic coercion. The states “still have not identified any instance in which any government official sought to coerce a platform’s editorial decisions with a threat of adverse government action,” wrote Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer. Prelogar wrote that states also can’t “point to any evidence that the government ever imposed any sanction when the platforms declined to moderate content the government had flagged — as routinely occurred.”


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