September 28, 2013
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Guest Columnist Ginger Grimes, University of California, Irvine School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the recent announcement by the Department of Justice regarding veteran same-sex couples benefits and advocates that the place of celebration rule should be adopted...Last month, a federal ...[read more]
September 8, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A judge for the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Friday declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by disabled members of the Canadian military seeking to invalidate a veteran compensation law that limits payments to disabled veterans. Last year disabled veterans joined together to ...[read more]
August 30, 2013
by Lauren Laing
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California held Thursday that Title 38's exclusion of same-sex spouses regarding veteran's benefits is unconstitutional. Tracey Cooper-Harris, a 12-year Army veteran, sued the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it denied her ...[read more]
July 21, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been at the center of much debate in the past decade. The process has had an enormous impact on the energy industry in the US, particularly with regard to natural gas markets. Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the energy future of the US, ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Judge Consuelo Marshall of the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday allowed a US Army veteran's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to move forward. Marshall refused to dismiss the lawsuit despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the case to be ...[read more]
March 6, 2012
by Brandy Ringer
JURIST Guest Columnists Nick Tiger of Servicemembers United and Danielle Hawkes of The American Military Partner Association argue that the DOJ decision to allow military and veteran benefits for same-sex couples will lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether heightened scrutiny should be applied ...[read more]
March 1, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On March 1, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in Henderson v. Shinseki that the 120-day statute of limitations for challenging a denial of veteran's benefits is not jurisdictional. The decision overruled an earlier decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which had ...[read more]
February 2, 2012
by Jennie Ryan
An Iraq war veteran filed suit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Central District of California against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it refused to pay her full disability benefits because she is in a same-sex marriage. Tracy Cooper-Harris, who served in the US Army for ...[read more]
October 15, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A disabled Navy veteran filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for denying her partner a share of her disability benefits under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Carmen Cardona filed for veterans' spousal benefits last year but was denied. The Department ...[read more]
September 20, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Alaska Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner on Friday ruled it unconstitutional for Alaska to deny same-sex couples the senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions given to married couples. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Alaska challenged the state's tax ...[read more]

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