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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]

US v. Wurie: The Uncertain Future of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches
March 23, 2014
JURIST Assistant Editor Brent Nesbitt, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment in United States v. Wurie...On Tuesday, April 29, the US Supreme Court will hear argument in the case of United States v. Wurie invol....... [more]

State Courts Stepping Up on Cell Phone Privacy
March 19, 2014
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 Washi....... [more]

Federal judge declares Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
February 26, 2014
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 in....... [more]

Massachusetts high court rules warrant needed for cell phone data search
February 19, 2014
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 arr....... [more]

McCullen v. Coakley: History in the Making
February 16, 2014
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 h....... [more]

Examining the Constitutionality of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones
February 10, 2014
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 zones....... [more]

Supreme Court reverses Federal Circuit in Medtronic patent case
January 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the case of Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While the Supreme Court held that the Federal Circuit had subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case, it found that the Federal Circuit improperly p....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on abortion clinic 'buffer zones'
January 16, 2014
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 protes....... [more]

History of Unions and Right-to-Work Laws
December 17, 2013
During the colonial and revolutionary period of the US, most Americans practiced agriculture. The early US also had a substantial population of laborers, a group that included artisans, indentured servants and slaves. Many laborers resided in the major colonial cities of Philadelphia, New York and B....... [more]