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08/01/2014
Federal court rules Microsoft must disclose overseas customer data

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday upheld a magistrate judge's ruling requiring Microsoft to turn over customers' emails and other account information. Microsoft had objected to the application of US search warrants to information stored in its overseas data centers on the grounds that US law does not apply in Ireland, where the data center in question is located. Judge Loretta A. Preska rejected... Read more

08/01/2014
Wisconsin high court upholds public unions restrictions and voter ID requirements

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday issued a pair of rulings limiting the ability of public sector employees to unionize and requiring voters to present identification. In a 5-2 decision in Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, the court upheld legislation known as the Budget Repair Bill or Act 10, which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. Act 10 was passed in 2011 with support from the executive office and... Read more

07/31/2014
US House approves lawsuit against Obama

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker of the House John Boehner to move ahead with a lawsuit which would challenge President Barack Obama's 2013 decision to waive the federal healthcare law's employer mandate without Congress's consent. The measure was adopted on a 225-201 vote, with five Republicans voting against pursuit of the lawsuit. No Democrats backed the initiative. Before the vote, House Speaker Boehner (R.,... Read more

07/31/2014
Airline advocacy groups challenge increased fees by TSA

Airlines for America (A4A) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asking the court to review an Interim Final Rule promulgated by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The petition alleges that in the rule, the TSA unlawfully collects higher security taxes by imposing fees exceeding the per-passenger limit established by Congress and collecting additional taxes for trips... Read more

07/31/2014
MA governor signs abortion buffer zone bill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill Wednesday tightening security regulations to protect clients and patients at abortion clinics from abusive protests and demonstrations. The Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities was proposed in reaction to the Supreme Court's recent ruling that the state's prior 35-foot "buffer zone" law was unconstitutional. The new bill prohibits protesters from impeding access to reproductive health facilities or using... Read more

07/31/2014
Bank of America to pay $1.27 billion for mortgage fraud

A federal judge on Wednesday imposed a $1.27 billion penalty on Bank of America after a jury found them liable for mortgage fraud. Judge Jed Rakoff for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled after a jury found that Bank of America, the second largest bank in the US, had defrauded government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, by selling them defective mortgages... Read more

07/30/2014
Appeals court overturns law that would close Mississippi abortion clinic

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an abortion facility must have admitting privileges at a local hospital. None of the three JWHO-affiliated physicians had such privileges. The state... Read more

07/29/2014
Congressman introduces bill to legalize marijuana oil

US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not legalize all forms of marijuana for medical use, it does remove CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.... Read more

07/27/2014
Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional

US Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. on Saturday ruled that the District of Columbia law prohibiting the carrying of pistols in public is unconstitutional. It is reported that Judge Scullin issued an order addressed to the city and police department to end the ban on firearms. However, it has been undetermined if actual notice of the ruling has been received by D.C. officials and officers. Alan Gura, the attorney for the group trying... Read more

07/26/2014
US appeals court sets date for oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected the request. Federal judges struck down Wisconsin and Indiana's same-sex marriage bans in June, but both holdings were stayed while the... Read more

Webpages of Interest

New York State Unified Court System: http://www.nycourts.gov/
New York City Department of Finance: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/home/home.shtml
New York State Secretary of State: http://www.dos.ny.gov/index.html
U.S. Court System: http://www.pacer.gov/