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Ninth Circuit rules drilling can proceed in Alaska reserve
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the US government allowing oil drilling to proceed in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.The Reserve was first designated a source of oil in 1923, and in 1976 management of the land w (More)
Ninth Circuit upholds Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Montana District Court decision reinstating Endangered Species Act protections for the grizzly bear population in the Yellowstone region.In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared (More)
The Suspension Clause Challenge That Never Was
On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a Suspension Clause challenge to expedited immigration proceedings.  In the widely anticipated judgment, the Court determined that no habeas could be brought as the original hab (More)
Appeals court rules refugees need not be denied asylum in Mexico before applying in US
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that refugees do not have to apply for and be denied asylum in Mexico before they can apply for asylum in the US. This decision struck down a rule by the Trump administration that requires re (More)
US Supreme Court upholds order to block Keystone XL pipeline
The US Supreme Court stayed the Montana District Court's vacatur and injunction of pipeline permits on Monday, except as applied to the Keystone XL pipeline. The Supreme Court did not issue a full explanation of its decision.Previously, the Unite (More)
Federal appeals court rules Washington has jurisdiction over crimes involving non-Native Americans on reservation
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Monday that Washington state has jurisdiction over crimes involving non-Native Americans on the Yakama Nation reservation.Public Law 280, which was passed in 1953, gave states the "consent of the (More)
Supreme Court rules Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure violates separation of powers
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Seila Law LLC. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) violates the separation of powers.The case began when the CFPB ordered Se (More)
Supreme Court declines to consider border wall waiver case
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Defense Legal Defense Fund and others challenging the constitutionality of the Department of Homeland Security's waiver of federal, state and (More)
Federal appeals court rules Trump's use of defense funds for border wall was illegal
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 Friday that President Donald Trump lacked the constitutional authority to transfer Department of Defense (DOD) funds for use in the construction of a wall along the Mexican border. The court fou (More)
Supreme Court rules asylum seekers cannot obtain review under federal habeas statute
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday in Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam that asylum seekers can be denied review of their immigration status under the federal habeas statute.This case came about when Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam (More)
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