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Supreme Court Removes Travel Ban Case from Docket

The Supreme Court will no longer hear oral argument in the travel ban case—previously scheduled for October 10—for now. The Court has asked the parties to brief whether the new travel ban makes the case moot, meaning the dispute, and therefore the case, is over.

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Supreme Court Next Stop for Internet Sales Tax Case?

Following its predictable loss before the South Dakota Supreme Court, South Dakota is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that its law requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax is constitutional. Doing so will require the U.S. Supreme Court to take the unusual step of overruling precedent. 

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Sports Betting, Commandeering Collide at Supreme Court

Sports betting and commandeering don’t end up in the Supreme Court very often separately, much less together.

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SCOTUS Accepts Prisoner's Attorney's Fees Case

In an unusual move, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case during its summer recess. Like much of its docket, this case will affect states and local governments

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Supreme Court Takes Cake Case

The issue in this case before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether Colorado's public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, violates a cake artist’s First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights.

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Same-Sex Parents Can be on Birth Certificate: SCOTUS

In this case the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an Arkansas Supreme Court judgment that an Arkansas statute, which allows only the biological mother of a child born to a same-sex married couple to be listed on the birth certificate, is constitutional.

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SCOTUS Explains State Mental Health Obligations to Indigent Defendants

In McWilliams v. Dunn the Supreme Court disagreed 5-4 with a lower court’s determination that a capital defendant received all the mental health expert assistance the Constitution requires.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Qualified Immunity Standard

It is rare for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a lower court improperly granted a police officer qualified immunity. It is perhaps even rarer for the Supreme Court to clarify its tried and true qualified immunity standard.

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State, Local Governments Win 'Takings' Case

Good news for states with “merger” laws. You can keep them on the books.

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SCOTUS Keeps Parts of Trump Travel Ban in Force, Will Rule Next Term

On its last opinion day of the term, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would rule on the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban.

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