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SCOTUS to Decide Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in Fort Bend County v. Davis is whether a lawsuit is barred if an employee fails to exhaust administrative remedies with the EEOC first.

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Supreme Court to Decide Gun Case

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York the Supreme Court will decide whether New York City’s ban on transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits violates the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause, or the constitutional right to travel.

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SCOTUS Sends Police Officer Qualified Immunity Case Back to Lower Court

In a per curiam (unauthored) unanimous opinion in City of Escondido v. Emmons, the Supreme Court granted one police officer qualified immunity and instructed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to decide again whether another officer should have been granted qualified immunity.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Amicus Brief in Agency Authority Case

In an amicus brief in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc. the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that federal courts should be able to refuse to apply federal agency orders which they deem inapplicable even if the orders are covered by the Hobbs Act.

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What’s Next for the Census Citizenship Question?

A federal district court has held that a question about citizenship may not be included in the 2020 census. The Trump administration is likely to appeal this ruling to the Second Circuit, and it is likely the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the dispute.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in War Memorial Case

In American Legion v. American Humanist Society the Supreme Court will decide whether a local government has violated the First Amendment by displaying and maintaining a 93-year-old, 40-foot tall Latin cross memorializing soldiers who died in World War I. 

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Supreme Court Roundup: From Kavanaugh to Liquor Sales to One Enormous Cross

What do the 2020 census, double jeopardy, an enormous cross and the distribution of alcohol all have in common? They’re are all issues before the Supreme Court this session.

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What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?

While a federal district court struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional on Dec. 14, the ACA and the litigation will continue. The judge didn’t issue a nationwide injunction which would have had the effect of immediately ceasing all aspects of law.

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SCOTUS to Hear Significant Case Involving Power of Federal Agencies

The State and Local Legal Center has been waiting for this day for a long time. In Kisor v. Wilkie the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn Auer deference to federal agencies.

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Supreme Court Sends Dusky Gopher Frog Case Hopping Back to Lower Court

In a decision difficult to understand without context, the Supreme Court held that “critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) must also be habitat.

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