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Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]

Federal judge partially strikes down Utah polygamy law
August 28, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Wednesday struck down portions of the state's Anti-Bigamy Statute that were challenged by the family of TLC's reality TV show Sister Wives. The lawsuit was brought in 2011 by the family after their polygamous relationship was threatened....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses final challenge to Oregon same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) over the lifting of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. NOM attempted to appeal the recent lifting of Oregon's 2004 ban under the assertion that ending the ban would bring harm....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California gun waiting period
August 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated th....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage
August 27, 2014
A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard arguments Tuesday on Wisconsin and Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The oral arguments lasted an hour and 40 minutes, during which judges directed tough questions to both sides. Some judges called the states' support o....... [more]

California AG to appeal death penalty ruling
August 22, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the Eighth....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Federal judge orders release of documents relating to failed law enforcement program
August 21, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered a deadline of October 1 for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide a list of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform relating to the failed law enforcement program Operation Fast and Furious ....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages
August 21, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday put a hold on same-sex marriage in Virginia as it takes time to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed nationwide. The hold, which is the result of the court granting a stay application filed on behalf of opponents of same-sex marriage, means that....... [more]

Federal judge rules Indiana must recognize out of state same-sex marriages
August 20, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. The lawsuit was filed by one same-sex couple and one woman who sought a protective order against her wife; all plaintiffs were married outside o....... [more]

Federal judge approves final settlement in Wells Fargo investment case
August 19, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank also awarded attorneys f....... [more]




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