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Delaware senate votes to repeal death penalty
April 3, 2015
The Delaware Senate voted 11-9 Thursday to repeal the death penalty. The legislation is being sponsored by Senator Karen Peterson and includes an exemption for the 15 inmates currently on Delaware's death row, who will face death by lethal injection. Delaware is one of 32 states that employ capital....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses review of Delaware arbitration case
March 24, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision regarding Delaware's state-funded arbitration for business disputes. The lower court held that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration hearings violates the First Amendment b....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Delaware 'secret' arbitration rule unconstitutional
October 24, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that restriction of public access to Delaware's government-sponsored arbitration hearings is unconstitutional. The Court, in affirming the district court's ruling, held that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration....... [more]

Federal appeals court rejects New Jersey sports gambling law
September 18, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday ruled that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware....... [more]

Federal judge orders same-sex spouse listed on death certificate
September 4, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday issued an order allowing a Cincinnati man to be listed as "spouse" on the death certificate of his late husband. While the state constitution of Ohio prohibits same-sex marriage, state law does recognize marriages solemni....... [more]

US Voting Rights
July 21, 2013
The right to vote has been a contentious issue in the US since the inception of the country. There was no specific right to vote or qualifications to vote drafted into the US Constitution. Each state was left to develop individual standards on how to run their voting and election processes. During t....... [more]

Delaware governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
May 8, 2013
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a same-sex marriage bill into law on Tuesday, making Delaware the eleventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the second to do so in the past week. Markell signed the bill shortly after a 12-9 vote in the Delaware State Senate Tuesday afternoon. Introdu....... [more]

Federal jury finds Apple infringed on patents
December 14, 2012
A jury in the US District Court for the District of Delaware found Thursday that Apple Inc. infringed on patents held by MobileMedia Ideas LLC. The three patents at issue in the case relate to the camera phone, call handling and call rejecting. The court has not scheduled when it will determine dam....... [more]

Lululemon settles patent dispute with Calvin Klein
November 22, 2012
Lululemon Athletica Inc. (Lululemon), a Canadian clothing company, settled a lawsuit on Tuesday with Calvin Klein Inc. over alleged patent infringement of yoga pants. A spokesperson for Lululemon said that the terms of the settlement are confidential. After both companies agreed to settle, Lululemo....... [more]

Apple, HTC reach patent settlement
November 11, 2012
HTC and Apple announced Saturday that they have reached a global settlement dismissing all patent lawsuits between the parties. The conflict between the two companies arose after Apple initially filed suit against HTC in the US District Court for the District of Delaware in March 2010 alleging that....... [more]