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Purdue Agrees to Pay Billions in Tentative Opioid-Crisis Settlement With States and Cities

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | North Carolina politics, ooh boy … Massachusetts mayor facing charges not going to step down … New Mexico DA pushing ahead lethal force reform.

Appeals Court Overturns State Restrictions on Political Robocalls

Montana’s attorney general is reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is possible, or if lawmakers will need to take action.

Union Organizing Emails May Be Subject to Disclosure After State High Court Ruling

A group often at odds with government labor unions says the case sets an important precedent for when correspondence about union activities is public record.

Legal Challenge Over $14 Billion in State Debt Is Sidelined For Now

A judge has blocked the Illinois case from proceeding, but the think tank CEO who brought it says he plans to appeal.

City Sued Over Sidewalk Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The plaintiffs in the case want Philadelphia to take steps to upgrade ramps and cut down on obstructions.

State Rules 'Polygamy Porter' Unsuitable for Sale

North Carolina's alcohol board refused to allow the beer to be sold in the state because its label depicts polygamy, an illegal act.

Almost Half of State Supreme Courts Have Only White Judges, Report Finds

In many states, the highest court lacks diversity. Thirteen supreme courts have never had a person of color serve on the bench, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Supreme Court Is Bad for Your Health

COMMENTARY | Its decision to let states opt out of the Medicaid expansion turned out to have lethal consequences.

Sixteen States Support Indiana's Push to License Abortion Clinics

Advocates for the clinic said the licensing mandate was not about safety, but to prevent clinics from opening. The states argue that regulating medical facilities is commonplace and necessary to protect women’s health.

Three States File Lawsuit Over Federal Rules Blocking SALT Workaround

Treasury and the IRS last month prohibited charitable contribution programs meant to provide taxpayers a way around a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.

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.

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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.