December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot protester-free buffer zone around the entrance or driveway of an abortion clinic is unconstitutional. In McCullen v. Coakley the court considered the questions of whether the buffer zone, created by the Reproductive ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Elonis v. United States the question presented is: "Whether, consistent with the First Amendment and Virginia v. Black, ... conviction of threatening another person requires proof of the defendant's subjective intent to threaten, ...[read more]
June 10, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of April Aaron-Brush and Ginger Aaron Brush, a same-sex couple who were legally married in Massachusetts in June 2012. The lawsuit specifically ...[read more]
June 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. that Limelight cannot be held liable for inducing patent infringement. Akamai Technologies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued Limelight Networks over Akamai's patented method for ...[read more]
May 10, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the ...[read more]

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