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Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings and States and Local Governments:  Days 1-3 Update

Confirmation hearings generally follow a predictable course and Judge Neil Gorsuch’s hearings have been no exception.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Intervener Standing Case

The question the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates is whether Laroe Estates may intervene in this case even though it lacks standing.

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One Step Closer to the Supreme Court Ruling on Quill

A state trial court judge in South Dakota has ruled that a South Dakota law requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax is unconstitutional. This ruling was expected for precisely the reason the judge stated—a lower court must follow Supreme Court precedent. 

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Supreme Court Won't Decide Transgender Bathroom Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not decide—at least not this term—whether transgender students have a right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity due to changes in position on this issue from the Obama to Trump administrations.

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Trump's Executive Order Puts WOTUS on Notice

Fulfilling one of his major campaign promises, on Feb. 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of reviewing, and possibly rescinding, the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States.

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A Girl, Her Dog and the Supreme Court

It is difficult to defeat a service dog in any context, including U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

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What Happens Now to SCOTUS Transgender Bathroom Case?

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing previous letters requiring school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

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What if Your Court-Appointed Psychiatrist Could Talk You to Death?

Would you talk freely to a court-appointed psychiatrist who could tell the prosecution everything you said, particularly if you could be sentenced to death?

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Interveners Must Have Standing

The Supreme Court accepts all kinds of cases involving states and local governments. Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates involves a long, complicated story and legal issue.

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Supreme Court to Define Contours of False Arrest Claims

So consider this situation: You're a police officer,  you arrest someone because the situation seems suspicious and you don't believe the person is telling the truth—and there is evidence you are right.

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