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  • Court: Dismissal of cop's Black Lives Matter lawsuit is just

    Court: Dismissal of cop's Black Lives Matter lawsuit is just

    Business Law 08/16/2018

    A federal appeals court says a Louisiana court rightly dismissed a deputy's lawsuit accusing Black Lives Matter and several leaders of inciting violence that led to a deadly 2016 attack on law enforcement officers.The Advocate reports a three-judge p...

  • Supreme Court examines Kentucky's medical review panels

    Supreme Court examines Kentucky's medical review panels

    Court Watch 08/09/2018

    After Ezra Claycomb was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, his mother considered filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But in 2017, Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring all such lawsuits first be reviewed...

  • Court tosses challenge to Virginia's 'habitual drunkard' law

    Court tosses challenge to Virginia's 'habitual drunkard' law

    Political and Legal 08/08/2018

    A federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated by courts as "habitual drunkards" if they are caught with alcohol.The unanimous ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel...

  • Iowa woman promoted to nation's lone all-male Supreme Court

    Iowa woman promoted to nation's lone all-male Supreme Court

    Personal Injury 07/31/2018

    Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday promoted a female district judge to the Supreme Court in Iowa, the only state where all of its current justices are men.Susan Christensen will be the first woman on Iowa's high court in roughly eight years. T...

  • Donald Trump Jr., wife due in court for divorce hearing

    Donald Trump Jr., wife due in court for divorce hearing

    Family Law 07/27/2018

    Donald Trump Jr. and his estranged wife Vanessa are expected to appear before a judge in New York City for a hearing in their divorce case.They're due in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday. Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in March. Afterwar...

  •  Court: Starbucks, others must pay workers for off clock work

    Court: Starbucks, others must pay workers for off clock work

    Court Watch 07/27/2018

    Starbucks and other employers in California must pay workers for minutes they routinely spend off the clock on tasks such as locking up or setting the store alarm, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.The unanimous ruling was a big victory for hour...

  • Judge, calm in court, takes hard line on splitting families

    Judge, calm in court, takes hard line on splitting families

    Court Watch 07/22/2018

    U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw appeared conflicted in early May on whether to stop families from being separated at the border. He challenged the Trump administration to explain how families were getting a fair hearing guaranteed by the Constitution...

  • State Supreme Court returns stalking case to lower court

    State Supreme Court returns stalking case to lower court

    Court Watch 07/21/2018

    The South Dakota Supreme Court says a judge did not adequately explain why a Rapid City woman's Facebook complaints against her neighbor constituted stalking.The Rapid City Journal reports that a judge in 2016 granted Sarah Thompson's request for a p...

  • New Jersey court proposes tossing out old open-warrant cases

    New Jersey court proposes tossing out old open-warrant cases

    Elite Lawyers 07/20/2018

    The highest court in New Jersey is taking steps to do away with hundreds of thousands of open warrants for minor offenses such as parking tickets as part of an overhaul of the state's municipal court system.State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Ra...

  •  Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

    Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

    Personal Injury 07/18/2018

    Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks, rejecting a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry.The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy is aimed at distributors and d...

  • Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

    Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

    Business Law 07/17/2018

    A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it.The ruling is a major victory in the quest by Clean...

  • Top Ecuador court upholds $9 billion ruling against Chevron

    Top Ecuador court upholds $9 billion ruling against Chevron

    International 07/09/2018

    Ecuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage that harmed indigenous people. Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court's decision announced Tuesday night by saying it l...

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