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Supreme Court asked to review Michigan, Kentucky same-sex marriage bans
November 18, 2014
The US Supreme Court was asked Monday to review same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky and Michigan following a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling that upheld bans. Same-sex couples in both states states submitted petitions asking the high court to decide whether state same-sex marriage....... [more]

Federal judge overturns Michigan law limiting same-sex partner benefits
November 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday struck down a Michigan law limiting the benefits received by same-sex partners in local government and public schools. Judge David Lawson blocked the law more than a year ago with an injunction. Seven months after he....... [more]

Judge urges immediate implementation of Detroit bankruptcy plan
November 12, 2014
A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday urged that the newly approved plan to resolve Detroit's bankruptcy be implemented as soon as possible. The plan, which was approved on Friday by US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, will cut seven of the city's 18 bi....... [more]

US bankruptcy judge approves Detroit debt plan
November 8, 2014
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" whic....... [more]

Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage bans
November 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process rather....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Detroit to make access to water affordable to poorest citizens
October 22, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect of....... [more]

Detroit city council approves bankruptcy related water authority deal
September 20, 2014
The Detroit City Council on Friday approved a deal to lease the city's water and sewage department to a new regional authority as part of the city's continuing effort to exit bankruptcy. After a 7-2 vote, the council approved creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, which will allow the city to....... [more]

A Bungling Barbarism: Court Baselessly Holds That Child Abuse, Used to Get Kids to Do Chores, Cannot Be Forced Labor
August 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come with....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears oral arguments for six cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage
August 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; Ohi....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]




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