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SLLC Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Emotional Distress Damages Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether an individual bringing a private right of action under the Rehabilitation Act and the Affordable Care Act may recover emotional distress damages. How the Court answers this question will determine whether such damages are available under the other statutes listed above which also incorporate Title VI’s remedies.

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Justice Sotomayor Allows NYC to Mandate Vaccines for School Employ

Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned down a request from a group of New York City teachers and paraprofessionals asking her to overturn a federal district court decision upholding New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) policy requiring all employees and contractors who work in-person in DOE buildings to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Supreme Court to Decide Government Speech Flag Case

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in Shurtleff v. City of Boston is whether flying a flag on a flagpole owned by a government entity is government speech. If it is, the city may refuse to fly it. 

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SLLC Asks SCOTUS to Allow Cause for Concealed-Carry

In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states and local governments may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.”

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Supreme Court Adds Spiritual Advisor Lethal Injection Case to Docket

In Ramirez v. Collier the U.S. Supreme Court may decide whether Texas prison officials violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by disallowing John Henry Ramirez’s spiritual advisor to vocalize prayers and lay his hands on Ramirez as Ramirez is executed by lethal injection. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this case on Nov. 1.   

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SLLC Asks SCOTUS To Rule on Scope of Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Does are individuals living with HIV/AIDS who rely on employer-sponsored health plans for their medications. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Law to Remain in Place

In a 5-4 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson the Supreme Court allowed Texas’s abortion law to remain in effect while it is further litigated in the lower courts.

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SCOTUS Requires Biden Administration to Reinstate 'Remain in Mexico'

The Fifth Circuit preliminarily ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico," on Aug. 15.  This policy authorizes the federal government to “return certain third-country nationals arriving in the United States to Mexico or Canada for the duration of their removal proceedings.”

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting NYC Police Officer

In Thompson v. Clark, Larry Thompson asserts that before suing police officers for “unreasonable seizure pursuant to legal process,” a plaintiff must await favorable termination of the criminal proceeding against him or her.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Billboard Case

In the City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc., the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues in a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief that states and local governments should be able to regulate off-premises billboards differently than on-premises signs.

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