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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]

Ninth Circuit revives shareholder lawsuit against BP Alaska
February 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on Thursday reinstating a shareholder class-action lawsuit against BP Alaska for securities fraud after the case had been dismissed by a lower federal court. The case had been dismissed for inadequate pleading in the lower court. On app....... [more]

Pro-choice groups sue to protect abortion access in Alaska
January 30, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Alaska Superior Court challenging a new regulation that seeks to prevent Medicaid from covering elective abortions. In 2001 the Alaska Supreme C....... [more]

Oklahoma Sex Offender Law Successful Challenge Sets Stage for Other Jurisdictions
October 24, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Adam R. Banner discusses three recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decisions relating to sex-offender registration laws and the effects of the decisions beyond the state's borders...Recent decisions have relied on the reasoning of the US Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe when analyzing....... [more]

Alaska challenged listing of polar bear as endangered species
May 22, 2013
On May 22, 2008, Alaskan officials announced that they would file a legal challenge to the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s decision to list the polar bear as threatened on the endangered species list. Governor Sarah Palin claimed that the listing was unnecessary and would have a negative economic....... [more]

US Congress established standard time zones
March 19, 2013
On March 19, 1918, the US Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which divided the continental US and Alaska into five time zones. Congress delegated authority to the International Commerce Commission (ICC) to define the boundaries of these time zones for the benefit of interstate commerce carriers....... [more]