Courts

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.

After Supreme Court Decision, Gerrymandering Fix Is Up to Voters

COMMENTARY | Partisan gerrymandering will continue. But so will resistance against it, I believe.

Disputes Over State Taxes on Train Fuel Won't Go Before Supreme Court

A federal law has led to years of messy litigation over levies on locomotive diesel.

Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments Gain Clearer Path to Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a precedent that has pushed many of the cases into state-level proceedings.

‘Peace Cross’ Ruling is Likely to Insulate Older Religious Displays From Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow a cross-shaped war memorial on public land in Maryland to stay put. But it has broader implications as well.

State's Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The Virginia case involved questions about legislative intent and the power states have under an atomic energy law.

Federal Judge is Latest to Toss Lawsuit Seeking Union Fee Refunds

Across the country, unions have been able to argue they were following laws in place when they were collecting "agency" and "fair-share" fees, prior to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

With ‘Arctic Man’ Ruling, Supreme Court Limits Certain Retaliatory Arrest Lawsuits

The free speech case involves a man arrested at a festival in Alaska. "It’s significant because it narrows the scope of what individuals can sue the police for," says one legal expert.

Nation’s First Opioid Trial Promises Long Odds, High Drama

The public will finally hear the details in suits accusing Big Pharma of false marketing.

Cities Are Losing Ground in the Fight to Protect Workers

Thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling, corporations are increasingly using forced arbitration to undermine state and local worker protections.

Dinosaur Fossil Dispute to Get Attention From State Supreme Court

The Montana case involves competing claims about who owns the valuable remains. Is it surface land or mineral rights holders?

Federal Court Blocks City From Enforcing Lawn Sign Restrictions

A homeowner in Missouri is challenging a local ordinance that only allows people to have a single two-sided sign in their yards.

Mayors Score Win in Lawsuit Over Troubled Retirement Plan Endorsement Deal

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been locked in a court dispute for several years over the soured arrangement.

City's Restriction on Women Going Topless in Public Withstands Court Challenge

The ruling in the Missouri case follows at least two other court decisions this year involving the "free the nipple" movement.

Republican AGs Call For Court to Toss Discrimination Lawsuit Over Minimum Wage Law

The case concerns an Alabama statute that pre-empted a local minimum wage ordinance in Birmingham.

Chalking Tires to Track Parking Violators Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A woman filed a lawsuit against Saginaw, Michigan after she racked up 15 parking tickets.

A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

What the Supreme Court Said About the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

In oral arguments, conservative justices asked about data science, while liberals asked what the citizenship question was really for.

State Legislators Look to Change a Law That Makes Sexual Assault Convictions Difficult

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