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State Credit Card Swipe Fees on SCOTUS Docket

Merchants argue if they can charge cash customers less, they have a First Amendment right to charge credit-card customers more.

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Is Band's Name a New Slant on Free Speech?

Is Lee v. Tam a stretch, or perhaps a slant, for state and local governments to be interested in?

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Drones: Harry Potter, Baseball—And Just Wait Until Halloween

From Harry Potter to the baseball playoffs' pitcher's mound, it's been a very busy time for drones in the news.

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Supreme Court: Victims' Family Members Can't Argue in Favor of Death Penalty

The U.S. Supreme Court in Bosse v. Oklahoma reversed the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision to allow victims’  relatives to recommend to the jury that a defendant be sentenced to death.

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SCOTUS Accepts 'Some' vs. 'Meaningful' Special Ed Benefits Case

The Supreme Court must pick between these words to determine what level of educational benefits students with a disabilities must receive.

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SCOTUS to Pick Winner Between Local Governments and Big Banks

Trouble over phantom accounts isn’t the only problem Wells Fargo is currently facing.

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SLLC Supreme Court Preview Webinar

The SLLC Supreme Court Preview webinar is scheduled for noon (ET), Oct. 13. The free webinar will cover the cases of interest to state and local government, accepted so far, to be decided during its 2016-2017 term.

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States Sue Over New Overtime Rule

Twenty-one states are suing the U.S. Department of Labor over new overtime rules that make it more likely states will have to pay more employees overtime.

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U.S. Supreme Court Early Preview: Part Two

Yesterday, we examined five cases that will directly impact at least some states. Today, we look at some other cases of interest the Court will decide.

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Supreme Court Early Preview - Part One

While the U.S. Supreme Court is still down a justice, its docket is about half full, which is typical for this time of the year.

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