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Federal appeals court rejects Notre Dame's plea for exemption from birth control mandate
May 21, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses that....... [more]

Ninth Circuit reverses decision requiring Google to remove Islam video from YouTube
May 19, 2015
Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a three-judge panel decision against Google that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims video from its YouTube site. The court dissolved the takedown injunction, holding that the injunctio....... [more]

Supreme Court to hear case concerning class actions
May 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives an....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Apple patent victory, reduces Samsung damages
May 19, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed Apple's smartphone patent victory against Samsung but remanded the case to the lower court to reduce the damages that must be paid to Apple. The court upheld the district court's determination that Samsung infringed on some of Apple....... [more]

Supreme Court: Felons may sell or transfer firearms
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Henderson v. United States that individuals convicted of felonies may transfer firearms to independent third parties or have them sold. The court reversed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled that through constructive pos....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'three strikes' provision of prisoner status law
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from fili....... [more]

Obama calls for elimination of phone data collection
May 13, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize th....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses suit challenging Washington gun law
May 8, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 with 59 percent of....... [more]

Federal appeals court finds NSA mass surveillance not authorized under Patriot Act
May 7, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Patriot Act does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not preclude judicial review and remanded the case for further con....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules police can obtain cell tower records without search warrant
May 5, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that police may obtain historical cell phone tower location information from third-party businesses without a search warrant. Quartavius Davis was convicted for committing seven separate armed robberies between August and October 2010 in....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds city prohibition on park Nativity scene
May 1, 2015
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception from the city's 199....... [more]




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