May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a gun. Those who violate this ...[read more]
May 1, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception from the city's ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Spokeo v. Robins, the court is asked to determine whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm and who therefore could not otherwise invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court, by ...[read more]
April 24, 2015
by William Helbling
A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had asked a federal judge last week to release him on ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive control over the actions of energy ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in appeal brought by Rajat Gupta, the former director of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc, for his 2012 insider trading conviction. The petition submitted to the Supreme Court argued erroneous utilization of Federal Rule of Evidence 403 and noted a ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early to render a ...[read more]

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