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SCOTUS to Decide if Local Governments Can Require Foster Care Agencies to Work With Gay Couples

In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia the Supreme Court will decide whether local governments may refuse to contract with foster care agencies who will not work with gay couples … and possibly much, much more.

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For Now, SCOTUS Won’t Review Flint Water Crisis Case

The Flint water crisis was among the more notable events of the last decade. Unsurprisingly, it led to litigation.

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The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States.

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Supreme Court to Hear States’ Challenge to the Birth Control Mandate Exemption

Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sister of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania are complicated cases. The most prominent legal issue in them is whether federal agencies have the statutory authority to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate’s conscience exemption.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Prisoner Litigation Case

The State and Local Legal Center’s (SLLC) Supreme Court amicus brief in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez  argues that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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Supreme Court to Decide What States May do about 'Faithless Electors'

Washington state could not have summarized this case in one sentence better than this:  “[T]his case gives the Court the rare opportunity to decide a constitutional question related to presidential selection in a non-emergency setting.” 

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Robocall Case Has Important Implications for State, Local Governments

The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether allowing robocalls for government-debt only violates the First Amendment. State and local governments aren’t likely recipients of such calls. 

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Supreme Court Accepts ERISA Preemption Case Affecting Majority of States

In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states’ attempts to regulate pharmacy benefit managers’ (PBMs) drug-reimbursement rates are preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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U.S. Supreme Court to Try Again to Decide Oklahoma Tribal Issue

The question the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in McGirt v. Oklahoma may sound familiar: “whether the prosecution of an enrolled member of the Creek Tribe for crimes committed within the historical Creek boundaries is subject to exclusive federal jurisdiction.”

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SCOTUS to Decide Bankruptcy Case Affecting Local Governments and Two States

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton whether a local government must return a vehicle impounded because of code violations immediately upon a debtor filing for bankruptcy. 

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