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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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Time to Update Your State’s 'No-impeachment' Rule?

Your state’s “no-impeachment” rule of evidence may benefit from an update.

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Seventh Circuit Rules Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Persons from Workplace Bias

The Seventh Circuit has become the first federal circuit court of appeals to rule that employees may bring sexual orientation discrimination claims under Title VII. This case directly affects state and local governments in their capacity as employers in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

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WOTUS to Stay at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has denied a request by hold “in abeyance” litigation over whether a federal district court or a federal court of appeals has jurisdiction to rule whether the current 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definitional rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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SCOTUS Backs Barber in Credit Card Argument

States that have adopted credit-card surcharge bans should review those laws in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

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What's Next for the Clean Power Plan Litigation?

While President Donald Trump’s executive order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth merely calls for the “review” of the Clean Power Plan, it has been widely viewed as the president’s first step to dismantle President Obama’s signature climate change measure.

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Supreme Court Rejects Nominee Gorsuch’s View of Special Education Law

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District might be construed as bad timing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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Supreme Court Ducks Malicious Prosecution Question

It is not unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to say it is going to decide a particular issue and then decide another issue instead.

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