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Brandt v. United States: Will Property Law Doom Rail Trails?
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian T. Hodges of the Pacific Legal Foundation discusses the US Supreme Court's troubling decision in Brandt v. US... On March 10, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in the quiet title case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. US (PDF). In an 8-1 decision, the co....... [more]

Couples challenge Wyoming ban on same-sex marriage
March 6, 2014
Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Wyoming state court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the state's restriction of marriage to one man and one woman. The couples, along with the civil rights advocacy group Wyoming Equality, are challenging Wyoming's law banning same-sex marri....... [more]

Michigan top court: communities cannot bypass state marijuana law
February 7, 2014
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that cities may not pass ordinances that conflict with the state's five-year-old medical marijuana law. John Ter Beek, a resident of Wyoming, Michigan, challenged a 2010 Wyoming zoning ordinance that prohibited the use of marijuana, arguing that....... [more]

President Benjamin Harrison signed law granting Idaho statehood
July 3, 2013
On July 3, 1890, US President Benjamin Harrison signed the Idaho Admission Bill into law, making Idaho the forty-third state admitted to the Union. Idaho became a territory in 1863 following the signing of an act of Congress by President Abraham Lincoln. At that time, the Idaho Territory consisted o....... [more]

Montana, Alabama, Wyoming pass ballot measures to limit health care act
November 7, 2012
Ballot proposals to exempt residents from portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were approved Tuesday in Montana, Alabama and Wyoming. A similar amendment in Florida was narrowly defeated by voters. The PPACA was a comprehensive health care reform law passed in March 2....... [more]

Wyoming election regulations challenged
June 15, 2012
Lawyers for two Wyoming groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) rules governing advertising, arguing the restrictions are overly broad and confusing. The Wyoming Liberty Group (WyLiberty) and grassroots organization Free Speech filed the suit on behalf o....... [more]

Supreme Court ruled for Wyoming in water dispute
May 2, 2012
On May 2, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Montana v. Wyoming, finding for the state of Wyoming with a vote of 7-1 in a case that involved the states' relative water rights over the Tongue and Powder rivers. Montana claimed Wyoming violated the Yellowstone River Compact, which allowed....... [more]

Washington governor signed bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages
April 5, 2012
On April 5, 2011, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. The legislation, House Bill 1649, amended then-current state law, which acknowledged out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions but not same-sex mar....... [more]

Montana filed water rights lawsuit against Wyoming in Supreme Court
February 1, 2012
On February 1, 2007, the state of Montana filed a lawsuit against the state of Wyoming in the US Supreme Court, claiming that Wyoming had violated the Yellowstone River Compact, which allocates water rights between the two states and North Dakota. In the lawsuit, Montana alleged that Wyoming had tak....... [more]

Wyoming federal court strikes down Obama alterations to Energy Policy Act
August 13, 2011
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming on Friday struck down a set of administrative rules advanced by the Obama administration last year that placed stricter limits on environmental impact requirements of oil and gas drilling operations. Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled....... [more]

The Debt Ceiling Debate and the Constitution: A Call for Caution
July 16, 2011
JURIST Contributing Editor Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law, joined by JURIST Guest Columnists Michael Duff of the University of Wyoming College of Law, Craig Jackson of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and Leland Ware of the University of Delaware....... [more]