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US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
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 tha....... [more]

Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
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 Florida....... [more]

MA governor signs abortion buffer zone bill
July 31, 2014
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 reacti....... [more]

Supreme Court rules abortion clinic buffer zone violates First Amendment
June 26, 2014
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 Hea....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on threats, administrative rule interpretations
June 16, 2014
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, as....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama same-sex marriage ban
June 10, 2014
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 challenge....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for Limelight in patent infringement case
June 2, 2014
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 r....... [more]

Massachusetts top court rules Pledge of Allegiance not discriminatory
May 10, 2014
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 Massachu....... [more]

Supreme Court hears final arguments of term
April 30, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard its final oral arguments of the term. In Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies the court heard arguments on whether a company can be held liable for inducing patent infringement even when no one company has committed direct patent infringement. Akamai Tech....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller Zohydro
April 16, 2014
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 d....... [more]

Federal judge in Indiana orders recognition of same-sex marriage
April 11, 2014
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 re....... [more]




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