Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:
[JURIST] The US Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved
[press release] $51.35 billion in funding on Thursday for state and foreign appropriations
[text, PDF], including $10 million to help fund the UN agency that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement.
The US Department of Justice
(DOJ) [official website] filed
[docket list] an amicus curiae brief
[text] with the US Supreme Court
[official website] Thursday in support of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was charged with discrimination for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing their religious beliefs against gay marriage.
New Mexico filed a lawsuit
[press release and complaint, PDF] Thursday against big opioid producing pharmaceutical companies, alleging the corporations are responsible for the Opioid Epidemic flooding the state and specifically small rural communities.
[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled
[opinion, PDF] Wednesday that elected public board commissioners in a county in Michigan did not violate the US Constitution by opening their sessions with Christian prayer and asking attendees to join in.
[JURIST] New York’s highest state court, the Court of Appeals
[judicial website] ruled
[opinion PDF] on Thursday that the state constitution does not guarantee a right to physician assisted suicide.
Property owners in Harris County, Houston filed a class action lawsuit
[amended complaint, PDF] against the federal government on Tuesday for releasing water from the Barker and Addicks reservoirs after Hurricane Harvey, causing flooding in their homes and businesses.
A number of prominent Republicans on Monday and filed amicus briefs imploring the Supreme Court to end gerrymandering.
[JURIST] US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced
[prepared remarks] the Trump administration’s plans to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) [official website] program, which gives undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as Dreamers, protection from deportation.