July 1, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Kyle Webster
In 2006 following two high profile affirmative action US Supreme Court decisions dealing with affirmative action at the University of Michigan, a public institution, Michigan voters passed Proposal Two, a state constitutional ban on affirmative action in public employment, public education, and ...[read more]
May 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in the first round of voting. Billionaire candy-maker Poroshenko, who is known as the "chocolate king," garnered more than 55 percent of votes. While announcing his victory, ...[read more]
May 17, 2014
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday affirmed a $5.1 million fraud judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Hi-Lex, a car parts manufacturer, sued BCBSM for carrying on in bad faith regarding its Administrative Services Contract (ASC) by which BCBSM provides ...[read more]
April 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution. US District Judge Lynn Adelman found that the requirement ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Mediators involved in the city of Detroit bankruptcy proceedings announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on over $388 million in bonds. The city will pay 74 cents for each dollar. The deal would eliminate only a small fraction of the $18 billion owed by Detroit and still requires the ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday declared a temporary hold on same-sex marriages in Michigan. The ruling arrived one day after Friday's decision by a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan that held that the ban on same-sex ...[read more]
March 22, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that the ban violates the US Constitution's guarantee of Equal Protection and also indicated that the state had failed to prove its ...[read more]
March 15, 2014
by Max Slater
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled on Friday that a state law banning most abortions after 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy is unconstitutional. Judge Susan Webber Wright temporarily blocked Act 301 last year, and allowed a challenge against the law to ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled Friday that two state laws are unconstitutional because they alter the sentences of crimes that were committed before the laws came into effect. Marsy's Law, otherwise known as the "Victims' Bill of Rights," was passed ...[read more]

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