January 20, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Tuesday that appellate review of factual matters in a patent dispute must apply the clear error standard of review, not a de novo standard. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the court held that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday issued a preliminary order forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the Michigan ban on ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday denied a request to stay the executions of four death row inmates in Oklahoma until the court reaches a decision in their case. The appeals court affirmed the district court's decision to deny the request because the inmates "failed to ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota ruled Monday that South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of six same-sex couples who challenged the ban, finding that the ban violates the right to due process and equal ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court decided Monday not to take on a case to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied the ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a New York state rule barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of the ...[read more]
December 23, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Writing the ...[read more]

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