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The US Supreme Court Monday ruled 6-3 in Shinn v. Ramirez that “a federal habeas court may not conduct an evidentiary hearing or otherwise consider evidence beyond the state-court record based on the ineffective assistance of state postconviction counsel.” In Shinn, two prisoners filed for federal habeas relief under 28 USC §2254. The Sixth Amendment [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday struck down part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), ruling in favor of Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over a $260,000 personal loan made to his senatorial campaign, which he attempted to recoup the costs of in violation of the BCRA’s section [...]

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The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled Thursday that damages for emotional distress are not recoverable in a private lawsuit to enforce either the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Affordable Care Act. This decision clarifies what damages are available to individuals who sue under federal anti-discrimination statutes. Plaintiff Jane Cummings is legally blind and was [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, a case concerning the court’s 2020 decision that removed Oklahoma’s jurisdiction over many crimes in large parts of the state that remain classified as reservations.  In 2015, Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is not Native American, was convicted of child neglect and sentenced to [...]

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In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that a state prisoner must satisfy the court precedents and federal law to receive habeas relief in Brown v. Davenport. The decision impacts the standard federal courts use when deciding whether state trial courts’ constitutional errors are harmless. Petitioner Mike Brown argued that the US [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in Viking River Cruises v. Moriana, a case that could make pursuing legal action against an employer harder for workers who have signed arbitration agreements as a condition of their employment. An employee of Viking River Cruises sued the company in state court under the California Private Attorneys General [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in ZF Automotive US, Inc. v. Luxshare, Ltd., a case concerning federal district courts’ authority to apply a particular statute to private commercial arbitral tribunals. In August 2017, Luxshare, Ltd. (Luxshare) purchased business units from ZF Automotive US, Inc. (ZF) for approximately $1 billion, and the deal [...]

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