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Louisiana governor issues executive order after religious objections bill defeated
May 21, 2015
Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal. A House legal committee voted 10-2 to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in 2016, Jin....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

FCC facing first lawsuits over 'net neutrality'
March 24, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced its first challenges to its new Open Internet (net neutrality) Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, and Alamo Broadband, a Texas-based internet provider filed suit in Washington and New Orleans, respectively. According to the FCC, the basis o....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in juvenile life sentence, arbitration cases
March 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana, the court was asked to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama, collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to life in prison while they were still juveniles. Henry Montgomery is curre....... [more]

US government to appeal ruling reducing BP's potential oil spill liability
March 16, 2015
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size of....... [more]

Federal judge rejects BP petitition to reduce oil spill fine
February 21, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday rejected a motion by BP to reduce the civil fine payable under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. BP's appeal sought to reduce the fine per barrel from the $4,300 proposed by the US gove....... [more]

The States and Same-Sex Marriage
February 7, 2015
02/04/2015: Michigan announced it would not appeal same-sex marriage recognition ruling 02/04/2015: Eleventh Circuit suspended same-sex marriage appeals 01/20/2015: Federal judge placed North Dakota same-sex marriage case on hold 01/16/2015: Supreme Court granted ceritorari in same-sex marria....... [more]

Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal
January 26, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against Rai....... [more]

Federal judge reduces maximum fine for BP oil spill
January 16, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP will face under the Clean Water Act after he ruled that the size of the offshore oil spill was smaller than what the US government claimed. In the opinion, Federal Judge Carl Barbi....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage
January 12, 2015
The US Supreme Court decided Monday not to take on a case to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied the petition....... [more]

Fifth Circuit hears arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi
January 10, 2015
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 ba....... [more]




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