May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Henderson v. United States that individuals convicted of felonies may transfer firearms to independent third parties or have them sold. The court reversed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled that through constructive ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Harris v. Viegelahn that a debtor who converts to Chapter 7 is entitled to return of any postpetition wages not yet distributed by the Chapter 13 trustee. Petitioner Charles Harris, after filing a voluntary petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Tibble v. Edison International that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary duty claim over investments does not necessarily run from initial selection of investments. The fiduciaries in this case ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted as a ...[read more]

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