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  •  Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

    Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

    U.S. Court Watch 05/15/2018

    A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife.The ruling released Friday means the Montana Departm...

  • Justices allow Arkansas to enforce abortion restrictions

    Justices allow Arkansas to enforce abortion restrictions

    Legal Compliance 05/12/2018

    The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state.The justices did not comment Tuesday in reje...

  • An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

    An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

    Legal Compliance 04/15/2018

    False dichotomy, meretricious piety, and pay-no-attention-to-that-man-behind-the-curtain misdirection are vital arrows in the quiver of any lawyer or judge, no matter of what persuasion. These tricks were on particularly egregious display in Epic Sys...

  • Climate change lawsuit filed by Alaska youth goes to court

    Climate change lawsuit filed by Alaska youth goes to court

    U.S. Court Watch 04/12/2018

    The state has argued in court that a climate change lawsuit filed by 16 young Alaska residents should be thrown out because climate policies must be decided by the state Legislature and the executive branch, not the courts.The state and plaintiffs ar...

  •  High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

    High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

    National Legal News 04/11/2018

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to Virginia's decades-old ban on uranium mining.The state has had a ban on uranium mining in place since 1982, soon after the discovery of a massive uranium deposit in the state's Pittsylvania Count...

  • Australian cardinal back in court on sex abuse charges

    Australian cardinal back in court on sex abuse charges

    U.S. Court Watch 03/22/2018

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived Wednesday for an appearance in a Melbourne court where he will eventually stand trial on sexual abuse charges spanning de...

  • Supreme Court greenlights driver rights in rental car case

    Supreme Court greenlights driver rights in rental car case

    Law Journals 03/15/2018

    The Supreme Court said Monday that people who borrow rental cars from friends or family are generally entitled to the same protections against police searches as the authorized driver.The justices ruled unanimously that as a general rule someone who ...

  • Court asked to toss more cases tied to drug lab scandal

    Court asked to toss more cases tied to drug lab scandal

    U.S. Court Watch 03/11/2018

    Massachusetts' highest court is set to hear arguments in a case sparked by the misconduct of a former chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years.The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachus...

  • Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

    Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

    National Legal News 03/11/2018

    The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.The justices voted 6-3 to strike...

  • Analysis: Voter ID Fight Testing Court as Much as New Law

    Analysis: Voter ID Fight Testing Court as Much as New Law

    Legal Compliance 03/05/2018

    The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to allow the state to enforce its voter ID law in this month's primary while justices consider whether the measure is unconstitutional sets up a test over Republican lawmakers' efforts to reinstate a law struck d...