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  • Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

    Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

    Legal Compliance 04/07/2020

    Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers ...

  • Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

    Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

    Legal Compliance 04/03/2020

    Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies.The state's highest court found the proposals by...

  • Alabama’s virus cases top 940; abortion clinics win in court

    Alabama’s virus cases top 940; abortion clinics win in court

    Legal Compliance 03/31/2020

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama neared 1,000 on Monday as reported deaths continued to climb and a federal judge ruled the state could not prohibit abortions during the outbreak.Total COVID-19 infections in Alabama stood near 950...

  • A Supreme Court Justice Visits Campus: A Look Behind The Scenes

    A Supreme Court Justice Visits Campus: A Look Behind The Scenes

    Legal Compliance 03/30/2020

    when they speak at public universities. But public and press access granted by the justices is idiosyncratic.Two justices — Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito — have limited access to their appearances, even on occasion forbidding recording of...

  • Lawyers, judges push to close immigration courts amid virus

    Lawyers, judges push to close immigration courts amid virus

    U.S. Court Watch 03/27/2020

    Immigration attorneys have sported swim goggles and masks borrowed from friends to meet with clients in detention centers. Masked judges are stocking their cramped courtrooms with hand sanitizer for hearings they want to do by phone.While much of dai...

  • Supreme Court: Justices healthy and trying to stay that way

    Supreme Court: Justices healthy and trying to stay that way

    Law Review 03/21/2020

    The Supreme Court reported Friday that the nine justices are healthy and trying to stay that way.To that end, when the court held its regularly scheduled private conference Friday morning, some of the justices participated remotely, and those who wer...

  • Neville keeps seat in crowded primary for Supreme Court

    Neville keeps seat in crowded primary for Supreme Court

    U.S. Court Watch 03/19/2020

    Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. has won the primary election to keep his seat on the state’s highest court, emerging from a field of a six other Democrats. No Republicans ran, making him the presumed winner in November for t...

  • Court approves PG&E’s $23B bankruptcy financing package

    Court approves PG&E’s $23B bankruptcy financing package

    Legal Compliance 03/17/2020

    Pacific Gas & Electric on Monday won court approval to raise $23 billion to help pay its bills over destructive California wildfires after Gov. Gavin Newsom dropped his opposition to a financing package designed to help the nation’s largest...

  • Australia’s High Court hears what may be Pell’s last appeal

    Australia’s High Court hears what may be Pell’s last appeal

    Legal Compliance 03/13/2020

    The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse took his appeal to Australia’s highest court Wednesday in potentially his last bid to clear his name.Cardinal George Pell was sentenced a year ago to six years in prison for molesting ...

  • Nevada high court defends Tahoe bear activists' free speech

    Nevada high court defends Tahoe bear activists' free speech

    U.S. Court Watch 03/08/2020

    Social media comments about protecting bears that were posted by Lake Tahoe activists referring to a longtime wildlife biologist as a murderer constitute "good faith communications" protected as free speech, the Nevada Supreme Court says.The recent o...

  • A clinic prepares for Supreme Court abortion fight

    A clinic prepares for Supreme Court abortion fight

    Legal Compliance 03/02/2020

    The Hope Medical Group for Women in northern Louisiana fields phone calls every day from anxious pregnant women who ask if abortion is still legal and if the clinic, one of only three that provides abortions in the state, is still open.Despite the pr...

  • Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

    Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

    U.S. Court Watch 02/24/2020

    The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.Krakauer had made a public records request for th...