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History of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
December 20, 2014
In 1978 the US Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as an amendment to the sex discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to the Act, there were various Supreme Court cases that dealt with issues of employment discrimination against pregnant women and demonstrated a ne....... [more]

Oklahoma, Nebraska challenge Colorado marijuana law
December 19, 2014
Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit against neighboring Colorado on Thursday over the new marijuana market, claiming the state-regulated recreational marijuana shops are piping marijuana into neighboring states where marijuana is illegal. In the lawsuit, filed directly with the US Supreme Court ....... [more]

Federal judge rules Obama immigration action unconstitutional
December 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds th....... [more]

Ohio officials urge Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage bans constitutional
December 14, 2014
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion that the matter should be le....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on specialty license plates
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state government....... [more]

UK High Court rules prison book ban unlawful
December 6, 2014
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ....... [more]

Why the Supreme Court's Decision Not to Decide Same-Sex Marriage Made a Mess in Kansas
December 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex marria....... [more]

Arkansas, Mississippi same-sex marriage bans struck down
November 26, 2014
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the Fourteent....... [more]

Utah reaches settlement over immigration law
November 26, 2014
The Utah Attorney General's Office reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday over a controversial immigration law. The "Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" was criticized as encouraging racial profiling as it allowed police officers to stop individuals to....... [more]

US House sues Obama administration over unilateral actions on health care law
November 21, 2014
The US House of Representatives filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury on Friday for the departments' alleged abuse of their executive powers through conduct promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House claims....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage case
November 21, 2014
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's constitution....... [more]




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