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Federal appeals court throws out $368 million award in Apple patent dispute
September 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday overturned an order requiring Apple to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. in a patent dispute. The case was originally heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which found that Apple infringed upon VirnetX....... [more]

Indiana same-sex marriage put on hold
September 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday approved a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Indiana until the US Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. The stay will put on hold the September 4 decision upholding lower courts' rulings striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize same-sex marriage
September 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal appeals court reinstates voter ID law in Wisconsin
September 13, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law after the three-judge panel issued an order staying the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, stating that the state may require photo identifi....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy
September 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting t....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Ohio false statements election law
September 12, 2014
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law, which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a campaign or nomination for....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of suits against tobacco companies
September 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns ou....... [more]

Wisconsin judge approves same-sex adoption
September 11, 2014
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the Rile....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies challenge to expired lethal injection drug in Texas
September 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in tortu....... [more]

Federal judge resentences Padilla to 21 years
September 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too l....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
September 9, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt, appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon and Ronald Gould, appointed by Bill Clinton. R....... [more]




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