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SCOTUS Hears First Abortion Case Since Kennedy's Departure

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in its first abortion case since Justice Anthony Kennedy left the bench and was replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The outcome of this case is likely to come down to Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh. 

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Obamacare Taking Its Third Trip to Supreme Court

In Texas v. California and California v. Texas the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional. More importantly, if the court holds that it is, it will decide whether the individual mandate is severable from the ACA, known popularly as Obamacare. It is possible the court will conclude it isn’t and that the entire law is unconstitutional. 

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2nd Circuit Rules Against Cities and States in Sanctuary Jurisdictions Case

The 2nd Circuit has become the first federal court of appeals to rule in favor of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to add conditions to receiving federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG) grants. 

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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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