February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to extend a two-week stay on a federal judge's ruling. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Allison Hall
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In the wake of US v. Windsor, federal courts across the US confronted the issue of whether individual state bans on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution. A circuit split emerged after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld state bans on same-sex marriage, departing from the ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agreeing with the US State Department that he is entitled to immunity from lawsuits in US courts. The lawsuit, filed by the American Justice Center ( ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Emelina Perez
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced in the 2014 Year-End Report Wednesday that the Supreme Court is developing an electronic filing system, expected to be operational in 2016. This will make documents available online to the public with no charge, including petitions, responses ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Facebook failed in its attempt to dismiss a lawsuit that claims it scans users' private messages for the names of websites and adds "likes" for the users to each website for targeted advertising purposes. The original lawsuit was filed in December 2013 in the US District Court for the Northern ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC v. Owens that a defendant seeking removal to federal court must indicate only a plausible allegation that the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold. The notice need not contain evidentiary ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion that the matter should be ...[read more]

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