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DC reproductive health non-discrimination law to take effect despite House opposition
May 2, 2015
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ti....... [more]

Texas federal judge refuses to lift order blocking president's immigration action
April 8, 2015
A judge for US District Court for the Southern District of Texas declined Tuesday night to lift an order he issued in February temporarily blocking the executive immigration actions authorized by President Barack Obama. US District Judge Andrew Hanen issued two orders Tuesday night, the first rejec....... [more]

Australia court orders ISPs to disclose information about illegal downloaders
April 7, 2015
The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary discovery application to dete....... [more]

15 states urge US Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans
April 3, 2015
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virgi....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in patent disputes
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases regarding federal patent law on Tuesday. In Commil USA, LLC v Cisco Systems, Inc., the court must decide whether the federal circuit erred in holding that a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid constitutes a defense to induced infringeme....... [more]

FCC facing first lawsuits over 'net neutrality'
March 24, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced its first challenges to its new Open Internet (net neutrality) Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, and Alamo Broadband, a Texas-based internet provider filed suit in Washington and New Orleans, respectively. According to the FCC, the basis o....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas license plate case
March 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. the court heard arguments on whether the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when a state motor vehic....... [more]

Texas AG challenges plan to extend benefits to same-sex couples
March 19, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow employees time off for certain f....... [more]

DOJ asks Fifth Circuit to stay injunction against new immigration policy
March 14, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday sought an immediate stay pending appeal of a Fifth Circuit preliminary injunction against the recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. The injunction wa....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company f....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage: From Legal Uncertainty to Legal Chaos
March 9, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or quie....... [more]




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