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Rights groups challenge Arkansas voter ID law
April 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a complaint Wednesday in Arkansas state court challenging the constitutionality of the state's voter ID law. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Republican-led Arkansas legislature, requires that Arkansas residents....... [more]

Federal judge stays most of Ohio same-sex marriage ruling
April 17, 2014
Federal judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Ohio must immediately recognize four same-sex marriages but stayed the broader effects of the ruling pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Staying that portion of th....... [more]

Federal judge overturns North Dakota abortion law
April 17, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the f....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds EPA regulations
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain coa....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses challenge to Senate filibuster rule
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the litigati....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller Zohydro
April 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this d....... [more]

Federal judge rules Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
April 14, 2014
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled on Monday that Ohio authorities must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. The court found that the state's refusal to recognize such marriages violates the Due Process Clause, Equal Protec....... [more]

Arkansas AG to appeal ruling striking down 12-week abortion ban
April 13, 2014
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Friday that he appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Last month US District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the state law is unconstitutional and that abortions ca....... [more]

Authors Guild files appeal in Google copyright claim
April 12, 2014
The Authors Guild filed an appellate brief on Friday, renewing its complaint that Google is violating copyright laws with its mass book digitization project. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, claims that Google's "Library Project" is scanning copyrighted works an....... [more]

Virginia AG files appellate brief supporting same-sex marriage
April 12, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday filed an appellate brief in support of the district court's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, argues that the state's statutory and constitution....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against credit card issuers
April 11, 2014
Judge William Pauley of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a class action lawsuit on Thursday against American Express, Citigroup and Discover Financial Services that alleged the three credit card issuers violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by colluding to require t....... [more]




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