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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]

Mich-issippi Burning: Marriage Equality, Anti-Gay Animus and Majoritarian Politics
December 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed "E....... [more]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage ruling
December 3, 2014
Louisiana officials on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case concerning its same-sex marriage ban. The state's Attorney General asked for a writ of certiorari before judgment, meaning that the Supreme court could hear the case before the US Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit rules. Thes....... [more]

Arkansas, Mississippi same-sex marriage bans struck down
November 26, 2014
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the Fourteent....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to rule on Louisiana same-sex marriage case
November 21, 2014
Seven same-sex couples submitted a petition on Thursday asking the US Supreme Court to review the district court's decision to uphold Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before it proceeds to the federal appeals court. The petition presents the court with the question of whether a state's constitution....... [more]

Why "Federalism" Should Not Prevent Nationwide Marriage Equality
September 29, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist David Glasgow, a fellow at the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, discusses the reasons why the Windsor decision was not based on federalism...Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage are breathlessly waiting for news from the Supreme Court that....... [more]

Louisiana court rules state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
September 23, 2014
The Fifteenth Judicial District Court of Louisiana issued a ruling Monday holding the state's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of the state unconstitutional. The ruling comes just days after the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana became the first fe....... [more]

Federal judge finds BP bears majority of responsibility for Deepwater Horizon disaster
September 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster rest....... [more]




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