April 16, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Thursday granted an emergency request to force Indiana to immediately recognize a same-sex marriage in a death certificate of a spouse of a couple who wed in another state. The temporary order, which would last 28 days, was ...[read more]
March 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses state courts and cell phone privacy...In a span of ten days, three separate state Supreme Court decisions expanded privacy protections in cell phones in important ways. While residents of Massachusetts, Texas and ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Wednesday that Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the federal constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process. The lawsuit ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Tuesday held that law enforcement must typically obtain a warrant before using a criminal suspect's cell phone data to track his movements. Plaintiff in the case, Shabazz Augustine, was a suspect in the 2004 homicide of his girlfriend. Augustine was ...[read more]
February 16, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Catherine Short of Life Legal Defense Foundation discusses the upcoming decision in McCullen v. Coakley...When the state of Massachusetts came before the US Supreme Court to defend its abortion clinic buffer zone law in McCullen v. Coakley, one would have expected it to rely ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Stephanie Toti of The Center for Reproductive Rights discuss the challenge to Massachusetts buffer zone laws in McCullen v. Coakley...The US Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in McCullen v. Coakley, involving a Massachusetts statute that creates 35 foot buffer ...[read more]
January 16, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In McCullen v. Coakley, the court is considering a Massachusetts law that establishes "buffer zones" for abortion clinics. The buffer zone creates a protected area outside of the abortion clinic where people are not allowed to ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic- ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
A same-sex couple on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to receive recognition by the state of their marriage license, which was issued by the state of Massachusetts in 2005. After Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker were legally ...[read more]

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