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Supreme Court rules mandatory union dues violate free speech rights of public employees
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday that requiring public employees to pay union dues for collective bargaining violates their free speech rights under the First Amendment.
Supreme Court allows First Amendment suit by man who claimed city intimidation was reason for arrest
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Florida man arrested at a city council meeting to bring a First Amendment claim for retaliatory arrest—even though he conceded that police had probable cause to arrest him.
US Customs will return $57,330 seized at airport; immigrant says another $770 is due
An immigrant who is a U.S. citizen isn’t satisfied with the government’s offer to return $57,330 seized from him last October at a Cleveland airport.
Kids fined for lemonade stands get ‘Legal-Ade’ from Country Time

Children who are fined for lacking a permit for their lemonade stands are getting some help from Country Time.

The lemonade brand is paying up to $300 to cover the…

Another lawsuit challenges planned citizenship question on ‘20 census forms

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Commerce Department, asking the court to stop the agency’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The action was filed…

3 top lawyers in Rhode Island agencies didn’t have current state licenses
The Providence Journal’s reporting on a missed appeal deadline has uncovered three top lawyers in Rhode Island government who didn’t have current state licenses to practice law.
9th Circuit cites judge’s anti-government views in reassigning case
A federal appeals court has overturned two water rights cases and reassigned one of them because of concerns about the trial judge’s expressed views about the federal government and its lawyers.
10th Circuit grants immunity to social workers in child abuse case
When the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case of child abuse it called “horrific,” it stressed that it wasn’t pleased with its own ruling.
Arizona county can be held liable for discriminatory policing by ex-Sheriff Arpaio, court rules

Maricopa County, Arizona, can be held liable for racial profiling by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The opinion by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit…

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philadelphia for $1 each and $200K donation

Two black men arrested last month at a Starbucks in Philadelphia while waiting for a business associate have agreed to release the city from any legal claims in exchange for…

California leads multistate coalition in challenge to EPA’s planned rollback of auto emissions rules

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia are challenging a Trump administration plan to roll back auto emissions rules.

California is leading the multistate coalition in the petition for…

Lance Armstrong to pay $5M to settle suit claiming he defrauded US Postal Service-sponsored team

Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million settle a whistleblower suit joined by the federal government that alleged he violated a cycling sponsorship agreement with the U.S. Postal Service…

7th Circuit upholds nationwide injunction barring grant holdbacks for sanctuary cities
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction that barred the U.S. Justice Department from withholding public safety grants from sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate in immigration enforcement.
Kris Kobach is held in contempt for failing to tell some would-be voters of eligibility

A federal judge has held Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for failing to follow court orders after she barred enforcement of a law that required…

Seeking to side with plaintiffs suing New York, city council sues for right to file amicus briefs

The New York City Council has sued the city’s law department for the right to file amicus briefs in court cases—including cases in which plaintiffs are suing the city.

The…

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