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Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution. read more

-7th Circuit: Pastors Can Keep Their Housing Allowance

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that would  have denied pastors their traditional tax exempt housing allowance which is normally a major part of their compensation package. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the […]

Federal appeals court refuses to issue stay on marriage equality in South Carolina

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a District Court ruling from last week that struck down the gay marriage ban in South Carolina, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a...

MISSISSIPPI: Gov. Phil Bryant Vows To Appeal When Marriage Ban Is Struck Down

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"This is something the people of the state of Mississippi voted overwhelmingly to support, and now a judge is saying it's unconstitutional. It's in the courts and we certainly turn to the Attorney General to put up a vigorous defense and appeal." - Mississippi Gov. Show More Summary

Appeals Court Reconsiders SEC ‘Conflict-Minerals’ Ruling

After striking down in April part of a controversial rule requiring publicly traded U.S. companies to reveal if their products contain certain minerals from war-torn central Africa, a federal appeals court may be having second thoughts about its decision.

Judge sides with city in pension reform lawsuit; firefighters consider possible appeal

A lawsuit against the City of Atlanta over Mayor Kasim Reed’s 2011 overhaul of its employee pension program was overturned by the Fulton County Superior Court in a unanimous vote. The city has called it a “historic” victory for the city,...Show More Summary

BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court DENIES Marriage Stay For South Carolina

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

UPDATE: Lambda Legal reacts via press release: Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the State of South Carolina’s motion to stay last week’s U.S. District Court ruling striking down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban, setting the stage for marriages to begin for same-sex couples at Noon on Thursday, November 20. Show More Summary

Take Action: Thank South Carolina’s Attorney General for Fighting for Marriage

A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional. The State Attorney General Alan Wilson said the decision will immediately be appealed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Our state’s laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states,” he said. “Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of […]

California Town’s Unusual Gun Law to Get Federal Appeals Court Ruling

A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments Monday concerning whether an unusual gun law passed by voters in Sunnyvale, Calif., late last year is constitutional.

South Carolina Marriages Expected to Begin Thursday After Fourth Circuit Denies Request for Stay

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Gay couples can begin marrying in South Carolina on Thursday at noon after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state's request for a stay. Last week after Gergel struck down the ban, Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a...

Norton Simon asks Supreme Court to let it keep 'Adam' and 'Eve'

The Norton Simon Museum is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review what its attorneys call a "profoundly misguided decision" by a federal appeals court that has kept alive a lawsuit aimed at wresting away ownership of two of the Pasadena museum's most prized holdings: paired depictions of...

Norton Simon asks Supreme Court to let it keep 'Adam' and 'Eve'

The Norton Simon Museum is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review what its attorneys call a "profoundly misguided decision" by a federal appeals court that has kept alive a lawsuit aimed at wresting away ownership of two of the Pasadena museum's most prized holdings: paired depictions of...

Appeals Court Rules Against Atheists, Leaving in Place Tax-Free Housing for Pastors

For years now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been in a legal battle to end the "Parsonage Exemption" that allows ministers to deduct the cost of rent for their church-owned houses from their taxable income. FFRF believes that...Show More Summary

NBA schedule and results: Raptors host Bulls in TNT showcase

Two of the best teams in the East meet up in Toronto when the Bulls visit the Raptors. Derrick Rose's controversial comments about his health may be the most-read headline, but sticking to the basketball court, an appealing Eastern Conference...Show More Summary

Clarence Thomas Rebukes Supreme Court for Refusing to Hear Gay Marriage Cases

last weekNews : Reason

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt a ruling by he U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit which had overturned an Arizona constitutional amendment banning bail for undocumented immigrants charged with serious crimes. Show More Summary

Supreme Court to Decide if Drivers Can Purchase Choose Life License Plates

In August, leaders in the North Carolina legislature petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibited the state from issuing “Choose Life” license plates. The district court decided in a 3-0 opinion, written by Judge James Wynn, that, “Chief amongst the evils the First […]

Judge Overturns Will of South Carolina Voters

A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional. The State Attorney General Alan Wilson said the decision will immediately be repealed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Our state’s laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states,” he said. “Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of […]

Justice Department walks back transparency on national security letters

  The government is retracting an argument made on appeal in a case challenging the constitutionality of an investigative tool widely used by the FBI to obtain data on Americans without court oversight. In a case being heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a Justice Department attorney last month asserted […]

Justice Department walks back transparency on national security letters

  The government is retracting an argument made on appeal in a case challenging the constitutionality of an investigative tool widely used by the FBI to obtain data on Americans without court oversight. In a case being heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a Justice Department attorney last month asserted […]

Ninth Circuit Upholds Validity of Class Action Arbitration Waiver

In an interesting decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Johnmuhammadi v. Bloomingdale’s Inc., 755 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 2014), the court held that a waiver of the right to pursue class-action litigtion that was included in an arbitration...

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