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Alabama Sued Over Internet Sales Tax

An internet retailer has filed suit against Alabama claiming its new rule requiring that all retailers who sell more than $250,000 in goods annually must collect sales tax—regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state—is unconstitutional.

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Playground Dispute Gets to Supreme Court

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Missouri can refuse to allow a religious preschool to receive a state grant to resurface its playground based on Missouri’s “super-Establishment Clause.”   

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Break the Seal and Lose Your Case?

It is hard to keep quiet when you have a secret big enough that ABC’s “20/20” is interested in interviewing you. But if you talk too soon will the lawsuit your secret culminates in be dismissed?

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SCOTUS Rules Prosecutor-Turned-Judge May Be Unconstitutionally Biased

“Bias is easy to attribute to others and difficult to discern in oneself.” Sage words from Justice Anthony Kennedy and certainly pplicable outside the confines of the U.S. Supreme Court’s final opinion of the term involving the death penalty.

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SCOTUS to Rule on 'Predominance' Racial Gerrymandering Case

No sooner had the ink dried on Virginia’s latest redistricting Supreme Court case, Wittman v. Personhuballah (2016), than the Court has agreed to hear another redistricting challenge from the Commonwealth.

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Intellectually Disabled? As of When?

In Moore v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court will review a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision to apply a previous definition of “intellectually disabled” adopted in a 1992 death penalty case rather than the current definition.

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SCOTUS Kicks Virginia Redistricting Case for Lack of Standing

If you were expecting the third redistricting case the U.S. Supreme Court decided this term to be a blockbuster … you will be disappointed.

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SCOTUS Rules Against the Corps In (Small) WOTUS Case

In United States Army Corp of Engineers v. Hawkes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an approved jurisdictional determination that property contains “waters of the United States” may be immediately reviewed in court.

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SCOTUS: Rebuffed is Enough to Win Attorney's Fees Rules

In CRST Van Expedited v. EEOC the Supreme Court ruled employers who prevail in Title VII employment discrimination cases may recover attorney’s fees if they are able to “rebuff” employee’s claims for any reason—including reasons not related to the merits of the claims.

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SCOTUS Hands State Courts a Victory

A small victory—perhaps. A hard to explain victory—certainly. 

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