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Federal appeals court revives Alaska suit on roadless rule
November 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the District of Columbia that dismissed Ala....... [more]

Residents in Alaska, Oregon, DC vote to legalize recreational marijuana
November 5, 2014
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set amo....... [more]

AG Holder announces federal recognition of same-sex marriage in six states
October 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32....... [more]

Courts in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska strike down same-sex marriage bans
October 18, 2014
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay th....... [more]

Federal judge overturns Alaska same-sex marriage ban
October 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska on Sunday overturned Alaska's same-sex marriage ban. Five same-sex couples living in Alaska brought the action pursuant to 42 USC 1983 and filed a motion for summary judgement. Judge Timothy Burgess found that Alaska's ban on same-s....... [more]

Alaska Supreme Court upholds dismissal of climate change challenge
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of Alaska on Friday ruled that a lawsuit claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited by the lower court. The plaintiffs in the case were six children who originally filed the law....... [more]

Alaska couples challenge same-sex marriage ban
May 13, 2014
Five same-sex couples on Monday challenged Alaska's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Alaska, contends that the amendment, added to the Alaska Constitution in 1998, violates their due process and equal protection rig....... [more]

Alaska high court says prisons must protect inmates from violence
April 19, 2014
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday that prisons have a duty to protect inmates from violence at the hands of other inmates. The ruling will allow a lawsuit by a former inmate, Richard Mattox, to continue in the lower courts. Mattox was attacked by inmates after receiving several threats while....... [more]

Alaska lawmakers pass bill restricting Medicaid payments for abortions
April 14, 2014
The Alaska State House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill sets forth specific medical circumstances under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill defin....... [more]

Spill Litigation and Settlements
March 11, 2014
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for de....... [more]

BP Settlement
February 27, 2014
03/03/2014: Ninth Circuit revived shareholder suit against BP Alaska. 02/13/2014: Ninth Circuit revived shareholder suit against BP Alaska. 01/10/2014: Federal appeals court upheld multibillion dollar settlement for BP oil spill. 10/02/2013: Federal appeals court rejected judge's interpretation o....... [more]




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