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Entries for May 2016

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SCOTUS Rules Against the Corps In (Small) WOTUS Case

In United States Army Corp of Engineers v. Hawkes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an approved jurisdictional determination that property contains “waters of the United States” may be immediately reviewed in court.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is—But Not Always Where You Register

You register where you live and that’s where you vote. But what if you’re a student? What if you just moved to a new city or town and haven’t live there long enough? Are you officially a resident?

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Colorado Poised to Roll Out the (Rain) Barrel

Bob Dylan cast his paean to a lady he loved as "Buckets of Rain" and now Colorado residents can legally collect up to 110 gallons of sky tears.

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Big News on Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule on overtime pay that could have sizable impacts for workers, businesses, and governments across the country.

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Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children and Youth in Foster Care

The more than 400,000 children and youth currently in foster care face long-term risks from their exposure to violence, child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences.

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States to Play Big Role in Preserving Nuclear Power

When the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down in 2014, something happened in New England that hadn’t happened in five years: carbon emissions rose.

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SCOTUS: Rebuffed is Enough to Win Attorney's Fees Rules

In CRST Van Expedited v. EEOC the Supreme Court ruled employers who prevail in Title VII employment discrimination cases may recover attorney’s fees if they are able to “rebuff” employee’s claims for any reason—including reasons not related to the merits of the claims.

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SCOTUS Hands State Courts a Victory

A small victory—perhaps. A hard to explain victory—certainly. 

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SCOTUS: Private Debt Collectors Can Use State Letterhead Collection Practice

Sheriff v. Gillie is the kind of case U.S. Supreme Court justices must dream about deciding, especially when the court is short a justice: straightforward, noncontroversial, and easy to agree on.

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SCOTUS Ships Standing Case Back to Lower Court

Spokeo v. Robins is both esoteric and important. Like a lot of U.S. Supreme Court opinions these days, it seems like a compromise that will just increase confusion. In short, the scope of liability for state and local governments under a number of federal statutes remains uncertain.

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