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Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

District Judge Edward Chen [official profile] for the Northern District of California [official website] last Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's policy for reimbursing out-of-state hospitals that care for California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients is unconstitutional. Hospitals in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona sued the California Department of Health Care Services [official … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that an officer must obtain a warrant in order to test the blood of a person suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Minnesota's implied consent law, Statute § 169A.20, subdivision 2 (2012) [text] makes it a crime for … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case claiming Nevada has failed to provide voter registration services to its low-income citizens, as required under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The district court originally dismissed … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US District Judge Ralph Erickson of the US District Court of the District of North Dakota [official website] in Fargo on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a rule granting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers [official websites] jurisdiction over small … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official profile], along with a former state legislator, were indicted on felony securities fraud, it was reported [NY Times report] on Saturday. Officials said that the three-count indictment against Paxton was handed up on Tuesday, and is to be unsealed on Monday when Paxton … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act [text] does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [official website] exclusive control over … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]


Features
7 Feb 2015
by Allison Hall

In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration [official website] over November's executive action [text] on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday issued a preliminary order [text, PDF] forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Pauline Wein of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The governor of Idaho and his Attorney General on Saturday separately filed [governor's petition, attorney general's petition, PDF] petitions to the US Supreme Court [official website] to appeal a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Idaho. The petitions appeal an October decision [JURIST report] by the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine [official website] and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked [response, PDF] the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official websites] decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] ruled [order] Wednesday Montana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the order US District Court Judge Brian Morris stated that Montana was the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] refused [order, PDF] a request to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina on Thursday, making it the thirty-fifth US state [website] where same-sex marriage is legal. The lower court in South Carolina had lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson [official profile] on Tuesday requested an emergency stay [application, PDF] postponing same-sex marriage in the state. The request comes after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused to block [order, PDF] same-sex marriage in the state. Wilson requested that Chief … [read more]

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