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Supreme Court Decides Power of Attorney Pre-emption Case

Even the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court (at the time) who wrote the opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark is battle weary when it comes to getting state courts to stop ruling that state law pre-empts the Federal Arbitration Act .

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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Challenge to North Carolina Voter ID Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals's decision holding that North Carolina’s voter ID law is unconstitutional and violates the Voting Rights Act.

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SLLC Files Brief in Case Refining the Definition of Probable Cause

Imagine how often, when police officers are deciding whether to arrest someone, they are told a version of a story they don’t find believable.

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New Administration, New Environmental Priorities - EPA Requests Stays in Litigation

Predicting the weather a week from today often involves a high degree of uncertainty. The likelihood of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency being taken to court upon issuance of a major final rule, however, does not hold the same level of uncertainty.

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Injunction Issued Halting Trump's Order on Sanctuary Cities

A federal district court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from  portion of the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order.

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SCOTUS Rules If Your Conviction is Invalidated, You Get Your Fees Back

The Supreme Court struck down a Colorado law requiring defendants whose criminal convictions have been invalidated to prove their innocence by clear and convincing evidence in order to receive a refund of fees, court costs, and restitution.

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SCOTUS Ignores Agency Deference Issue in Preemption Case

There was always a good chance the Supreme Court was going to ignore the issue the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) briefed because it was only implicit in one of the questions the Supreme Court agreed to decide in Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils.

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Supreme Court to Decide D.C. Statute of Limitations Case

Stephanie Artis sued the District of Columbia in federal court a year after the fact, bringing a number of federal and state law claims related to her termination as a code inspector. It took the federal district court over two and a half years to rule on her claims. It dismissed her sole federal claim as “facially deficient” and no longer had jurisdiction to decide the state law claims.

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SCOTUS: Lower Court Decisions in EEOC Subpoenas Deserve Deference

The essence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McLane v. EEOC is federal courts of appeals are busy and their jobs should not be made any harder.

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SCOTUS Refines Racial Predominance Determination in Gerrymandering Case

Little is easy in most redistricting cases and Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections is no exception. That said, the Supreme Court was nearly unanimous in its decision.

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