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Federal appeals court overturns ruling requiring disclosure of lethal injection drugs
April 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa Gilmore h....... [more]

Rights group filing new challenge to Texas abortion law
April 3, 2014
The Center for Reproductive Rights announced Wednesday that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas House Bill 2, which requires physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and also required certain compliance protocols relating to the administratio....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions
March 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld Texas abortion restrictions requiring physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and certain compliance protocols relating to the administration of drugs inducing "medication abortions....... [more]

State Courts Stepping Up on Cell Phone Privacy
March 19, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses state courts and cell phone privacy...In a span of ten days, three separate state Supreme Court decisions expanded privacy protections in cell phones in important ways. While residents of Massachusetts, Texas and Washi....... [more]

Class action filed against GM for faulty cars
March 16, 2014
A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Texas on Friday against General Motors (GM) claiming that customers' vehicles have lost value due to ignition problems blamed for a series of fatal crashes. The complaint alleges that GM knew about the problem since 2004 but failed to fix it, crea....... [more]

Virginia removes state ban on sodomy
March 7, 2014
The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The new legislation limits the definition of "crimes against nature" to only bestiality a....... [more]

Supreme Court denies review of anti-immigrant housing ordinances
March 3, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied review of two cases involving local ordinances that sought to deny housing to undocumented immigrants. The court's denial will will let stand lower court rulings that the ordinances are unconstitutional and prohibited from taking effect in their proposed locatio....... [more]

Federal judge declares Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
February 26, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Wednesday that Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the federal constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process. The lawsuit in....... [more]

In the Light Most Favorable: A Wise Rule
February 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and t....... [more]

Senator Rand Paul's Lawsuit Has a Good Chance of Success on the Merits
February 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ronald Sievert of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in national security and international law argues that when weighed against the minimal privacy interests impacted, government metadata su....... [more]

Texas appeals court overturns decision voiding marriage of transgender widow
February 14, 2014
The Thirteenth Texas Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated a lower court's holding that Nikki Araguz, the transgender widow of a firefighter who died in 2010, was a man at the time of her marriage, thus invalidating the union. The lawsuit was originally brought by Simona Longoria, mother of Thomas Ar....... [more]