March 21, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The development of natural gas in Pennsylvania gave rise to several legal issues. The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 13 with hopes that it would resolve disputes over local control of the industry, and how the Commonwealth would tax the industry. But in 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Five Pennsylvania state legislators and the mayors of two cities filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Monday asking it to strike down a state law passed last month allowing advocacy groups to sue municipalities over local gun laws. The law, commonly known as Act 192, ...[read more]
May 10, 2014
by G. Redd
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The amendment was struck down as unconstitutional in the US District Court for the ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The attorney for two of the victims Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde informed the Associated Press that ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday struck down the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain why the law was a necessary ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Australia's Commonwealth government, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, filed suit on Wednesday challenging the validity of the Marriage Equality Bill passed on Tuesday by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, legalizing same-sex marriage. In a writ of summons filed with the ...[read more]
October 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes on Tuesday appealed a lower court order to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Hanes, who began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Attorney General Kathleen Kane's statement ...[read more]

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