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Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii
September 9, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt, appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon and Ronald Gould, appointed by Bill Clinton. R....... [more]

Supreme Court rules contacts with forum state not decisive for personal jurisdiction
February 25, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over him in Nevada. The deci....... [more]

Nevada drops defense of same-sex marriage ban
February 11, 2014
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that her office would no longer be pursuing its legal defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban, stating that recent decisions in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had rendered the state's arguments untenable. On January....... [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 appeals court orders decision on nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain
August 14, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been violating federal law by failing to accept or deny the pending Department of Energy (DOE) application for a waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, which was....... [more]

ACLU challenges Nevada law criminalizing same-sex intercourse for teens
April 4, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLU-NV) on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a state law criminalizing consensual sex between same-sex teenagers. The state law characterizes same-sex intercourse as a "crime against nature," and violation of the law carries a possible five-year pris....... [more]

Supreme Court asked to review Nevada same-sex marriage ban
December 6, 2012
The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, a non-profit corporation in Nevada which opposes same-sex marriage, petitioned the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to grant a writ of certiorari to determine "whether the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause requires Nevada to change its definiti....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Nevada same-sex marriage ban
December 1, 2012
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nevada on Monday denied a challenge brought by eight same-sex couples who contended that the state's law restricting marriage to heterosexual couples violates the US Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. In their lawsuit, Sevcik v. Sandoval ....... [more]

Poker: Game of Skill Tested by a Game of Chance
September 26, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Gerard Dondero, University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law Class of 2013, argues that while the recent New York district court decision in US v. Dicristina represents a change in the legal analysis of games of skill, most US states still utilize outdated judicial stand....... [more]

Nevada same-sex marriage ban challenged
April 11, 2012
National gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed suit on behalf of eight same-sex couples against the state of Nevada claiming that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates their rights under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Many of the couples, including two wom....... [more]

Ninth Circuit extended tribal immunity to commercial activities
November 14, 2011
On November 14, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that tribal sovereign immunity applies to lawsuits brought in federal court concerning the profit-making businesses of Native American tribes. In Cook v. Avi Casino Enterprises, Christopher Cook filed suit against the tribal c....... [more]