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  • Federal judge hammers White House lawyer over argument in Obamacare lawsuit...

    05/28/2015 3:38:55 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2015 | AP
    GOP-led House sued the Obama administration, citing changes to the Affordable Care Act made without permission from Congress  Republicans' case also complains that the administration is spending money on the program that Congress never appropriatedFederal judge blasted the Justice Department attorney before her on Thursday who claimed Congress hadn't been harmed by those choices'You don't really believe that, do you?' she asked?  'I have a very hard time taking that statement seriously'Judge demanded to know how changing the Obamacare law without Congress isn't 'an insult to the Constitution, as the House believes' Obama administration attorneys urged a federal judge Thursday...
  • Clinton Foundation hit with racketeering lawsuit

    05/27/2015 8:10:22 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | 5/27/15 | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been hit with a racketeering lawsuit in Florida court. The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state. Klayman has filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clintons and other prominent politicians. The racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case alleges the former first couple and their family philanthropy traded political favors for donations or generous speaking fees for Bill Clinton...
  • Man sues B.C. rodeo company, says bull called Slow Poke was violent despite name

    05/24/2015 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Petruk
    A novice rider is suing a rodeo company in Vernon over a bull named Slow Poke that he alleges failed to live up to its name and caused him serious injury. [Snip] [The plaintiff] is seeking damages and health-care costs. "Contrary to representation, Slow Poke was violent," his claim reads.
  • Worldwide Survey Of Litigation Trends Reveals Grim News For America

    05/24/2015 8:14:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bob Jones
    Companies in the United States are now facing more than twice as much litigation as companies in other countries. That’s the disturbing finding of a survey recently conducted by the third-largest law firm in the world. The firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, which happens to be the largest law firm in the world based outside the US, conducted a poll of more than 800 corporate counsel representing companies across 26 countries, and the results are not good for American companies or the job seekers who would like to work for them. While the survey is performed to identify litigation trends across...
  • City orders Sharpton’s daughter to save incriminating hiking pics

    05/23/2015 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2015 | Julia Marsh
    City lawyers warned Dominique Sharpton not to delete Instagram photos like this one atop an Indonesian mountain — where she trekked while claiming in a lawsuit that she has “permanent” ­injuries. The city Law Department sent Rev. Al’s daughter a letter telling her to preserve all of the damning evidence that she posted on her ­social-media accounts. The warning comes after The Post revealed that Dominique Sharpton has been globe-trotting despite her May 7 suit that says she will never fully recover from a sprained ankle she suffered on an uneven Soho street.
  • Justice who loves gay marriage may force it on those who don't

    05/21/2015 1:39:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    A conservative legal organization is calling for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding the marriage case now before the court. "A judge should avoid the appearance of impropriety as much as possible," says Roger Gannam, senior counsel with Liberty Counsel. Ginsburg, a far-left justice, had conducted five same-sex marriage ceremonies before the high court heard the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges in April. A ruling is coming in June.More recently, Ginsburg presided over the so-called marriage of two men in Washington, D.C., reportedly emphasizing the word "Constitution" in the ceremony to the delight of (a)ttendees.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Even Pretending to Be Impartial

    05/20/2015 7:33:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Since there was no bride to be the “belle” at the ritzy D.C. wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Manhattan architect Charles Mitchem this weekend, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated, was happy to play the part. And she did so with panache, says Maureen Dowd: The most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States. . . . The...
  • Federal judge again rules key part of new D.C. gun law unconstitutional

    05/19/2015 2:39:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | By Spencer S. Hsu
    Ten months after striking down the District’s long-standing ban on carrying firearms in public as unconstitutional, a federal judge Monday ordered the city to halt enforcing a key provision of the new gun-permitting system it adapted in response. As passed by the D.C. Council, the District’s new carry legislation remains among the strictest in the nation, requiring applicants to state good reason to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police, matching laws in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. However, in a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that condition — known...
  • US Supreme Court will not hear Wisconsin John Doe case

    05/18/2015 8:04:41 AM PDT · by kidd · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 18, 2015 | William A. Jacobson
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order this morning denying the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Wisconsin John Doe case.
  • Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues The City of New York For $5 Million After She Fell In The Street

    05/17/2015 10:32:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 17, 2015 | BELINDA ROBINSON
    Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues The City of New York For $5 Million After She Fell In The Street And Sprained Her Ankle Dominique Sharpton, 29, said she was 'severely bruised and wounded' She fell at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway on October 2, 2014 Suit is with departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection By BELINDA ROBINSON 17 May 2015 The eldest daughter of civil rights activist Al Sharpton has launched a bid to sue the city of New York for $5 million after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle. Dominique Sharpton, 29, said she was...
  • Al Sharpton’s Daughter Sues City for $5M after Spraining Ankle

    05/16/2015 11:20:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Kathianne Boniello
    She learned at the feet of a master. Shakedown artist Al Sharpton’s eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show. Dominique Sharpton, 28, says she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she stumbled over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year, according to a lawsuit
  • Amtrak Employee Injured in Derailment Files Lawsuit

    05/16/2015 1:44:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KVOA-TV / NBC News ^ | May 15, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)An Amtrak employee has filed the first lawsuit in connection to Tuesday's deadly train derailment that killed eight people and injured over 200 others in Philadelphia. The Bala Cynwyd law firm Coffey Kaye Myers & Olley, which is representing Amtrak employee Bruce Phillips and his wife Kalita Phillips of Philadelphia, confirmed with NBC10 that their clients are filing a lawsuit against Amtrak. Phillips is still hospitalized at Temple University Hospital. Phillips, an Amtrak employee, was "deadheading" in one of the rear railcars of Amtrak Regional Train 188 Tuesday night when the derailment occurred, according to the lawsuit. Deadheading is a...
  • Amtrak facing costly personal-injury claims from crash victims

    05/14/2015 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 32 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/14/2014 | Chris Mondics
    Amtrak likely faces hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from victims of the derailment of a northeast regional train at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to personal-injury lawyers who specialize in transportation accidents. Because Congress capped such payouts for Amtrak in 1997, money to compensate victims probably will fall short of what is needed, these lawyers say. Under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, damages paid by the government to people injured in Amtrak derailments and families of those passengers killed was limited to $200 million per crash. But with eight killed and about 200 of the...
  • UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo sues Rolling Stone: an early analysis

    05/13/2015 10:00:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 12 at 7:42 PM | Eugene Volokh
    UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo is suing Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely for statements in Rolling Stone’s now-retracted “A Rape on Campus” story. How will courts likely deal with this lawsuit? Here are a few early and tentative thoughts, though of course much depends on facts that are not yet known. 1. Federal vs. state court: Eramo sued in Virginia state court, but it seems likely that Rolling Stone and Erdely will want the case removed to federal court: The conventional wisdom is that libel defendants are procedurally better off in federal court, where it’s easier to get...
  • U.Va. dean sues Rolling Stone over debunked rape story

    05/12/2015 10:22:27 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Tuesday May 12, 2015 | AP staff
    RICHMOND, Va. — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.”... A report published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism said Rolling Stone failed at virtually every step of the process, from the reporting by Sabrina Rubin Erdely to an editing process that included high-ranking staffers.... No one at Rolling Stone was fired or disciplined as a result of the article, titled “A Rape on Campus.” Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will...
  • University of Virginia associate dean sues Rolling Stone magazine for debunked gang rape story

    05/12/2015 12:25:56 PM PDT · by dware · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05.12.2015 | AP via Fox News
    RICHMOND, Va. – A University of Virginia associate dean is seeking more than $7.5 million from Rolling Stone magazine in a defamation lawsuit stemming from a debunked account of an alleged gang rape on campus. The suit was filed Tuesday by Nicole Eramo, who is the top administrator dealing with sexual assaults at the Charlottesville school.
  • 113 Congressional Republicans Voice Support For Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Immigration Actions

    05/12/2015 1:45:29 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | May 12,2015 | Ethan Brown
    Congressional Republicans have joined the legal battle over President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which he announced late last year. Currently, 26 states have challenged the president’s executive order, which temporarily stops deportations and grants work permits to specific groups of immigrants living in the country illegally. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia filed an amicus brief with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to counter the executive actions. “Congress has created a comprehensive immigration scheme — which expresses its desired policy as to classes of...
  • 113 Republicans back lawsuit against Obama's immigration actions

    05/11/2015 3:01:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Top Republicans in Congress on Monday entered the court battle over President Obama's latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally. Texas and 25 other states have challenged the legality of the unilateral actions, arguing that the president overstepped his executive power with programs halting deportations and granting work permits to certain groups of undocumented immigrants. The Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), are siding squarely with the states, arguing that Obama's action "changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding the executive’s constitutional authority...
  • Fans file $5M class action suit against Manny Pacquiao over non-disclosure of injury

    05/06/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 05/06/2015 | Larry Brown
    Two fans filed a class action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao and his team for failing to disclose a serious shoulder injury prior to the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend. After losing to Mayweather by unanimous decision, Pacquiao’s camp said the fighter was trying to compete despite a severe shoulder injury. They blamed the Nevada Athletic Commission for denying him a painkilling injection prior to the fight. The severity of Pacquiao’s injury seemed to be confirmed when it was reported Monday he would undergo surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder. But what doesn’t add up is that...
  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    WRAL ^ | May 4, 2015
    Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for a Raleigh police officer began making the case Monday that he should be compensated the burns, blisters and emotional damage he suffered when a hot cup of coffee spilled on his lap in January 2012. In the morning, a judge heard motions from representatives of Matthew Kohr, a lieutenant with Raleigh police's special operations division, and Starbucks.
  • Will John Roberts decide for gay marriage?

    04/28/2015 8:27:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Supreme Court will hear arguments today that could lead to a constitutional right for gays to marry. Many court watchers believe it's a done deal already. In addition to the 4 liberal judges, Justice Anthony Kennedy has already ruled with the majority 3 times against maintaining a ban on same sex marriage. He would appear to be the 5th vote that would make gay marriage the law of the land. But nothing is certain, which is why some observers believe that Chief Justice John Roberts may be a pivotal vote on the question of same sex marriage. New...
  • Columbia Student Sues University, Says Rape Accuser Has Ruined His Reputation

    04/23/2015 8:21:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CBS NewYork/ AP ^ | April 23, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Columbia University senior filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, claiming that the university failed to protect him from harassment amid claims that he had raped a fellow student. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan U.S. District Court by Paul Nungesser. The German citizen said the student’s campaign to muddy his name by dragging a mattress around campus and demonstrating has isolated him and hurt his job prospects and ability to stay in America.
  • 'Under God' will stay in district's Pledge of Allegiance after group drops fight

    04/14/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 4 replies
    nj.com ^ | 0414/2015 | Jeff Goldman
    A group representing atheists has decided to end its attempt to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Humanist Association allowed its 45-day window to appeal a Monmouth County Superior Court judge's ruling to pass, according to a report on APP.com. The group didn't say why it chose to stop its legal challenge. The judge had tossed the group's lawsuit, which demanded the phrase be taken out of the pledge recited each morning in the Matawan-Aberdeen school district. Superior Court Judge David Bauman said the reference to God in the Pledge is more of a...
  • Hostages? What Hostages? Unfinished business...

    04/10/2015 7:21:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-20-15 | Fred Barnes
    There were many horrendous moments for the American hostages held by Iranians for 444 days at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. One of the worst occurred when Iranian captors showed a hostage a photo of the school bus that took his son to and from school. If the hostage didn’t cooperate, his son’s fingers would be chopped off and sent, one a day, to his wife. On January 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan became president and Jimmy Carter departed, the crisis lifted and 52 Americans came home. And a few other good things happened. U.S. banks with investments in...
  • You Might Not Be Able to Buy Firearms, Ammo From Walmart Soon

    04/09/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/9/2015
    Walmart's right to sell firearms and ammunition is being threatened by a lawsuit. Fox Business Network reporter Adam Shapiro reported on "Fox and Friends First" this morning that a court decision could stop the retail giant from selling guns, which could change the way publicly traded companies do business in the United States. Shapiro said that Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City owns stock in Walmart. "The church sued the Walmart when they refused to place a proposal on the shareholder ballot at the annual company meeting," he explained. "That proposal could be interpreted to force Walmart's board...
  • NYC roommates sue for $40M after East Village blast; claim 'severe' physical, mental injuries

    04/07/2015 2:05:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | Allie Healy
    The New York Post reports Lucie Bauermeister, 23, and Anna Ramotowska, 26, filed suit on Monday in Bronx Supreme Court. The two claim they were "severely injured, both physically and mentally." Court documents say Bauermeister and Ramotowska are specifically suing Con Ed, 121 Second Ave. landlord Maria Hrynenko, contractor Dilber Kukic and Hyeonil Kim, owner of Sushi Park. The roommates were able to safely exit their apartment on March 26, and witnessed seeing a severe burn victim and several dramatic last-minute rescues, Jezebel reports. After being interviewed on Fox 5's "Good Day New York" the day after the seven-alarm fire,...
  • What Will the Court Do to Marriage?

    04/07/2015 4:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling. A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable. The first of those...
  • U-Va. fraternity announces lawsuit against Rolling Stone

    <p>The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi announced Monday that the fraternity house will file a lawsuit against Rolling Stone, calling the magazine’s reporting that described an alleged gang-rape by some of its members “reckless.”</p> <p>The lawsuit comes a day after Rolling Stone editors retracted a Nov. 19 story “A Rape on Campus,” that portrayed the chilling account of brutal sexual assault allegedly occurring in the Phi Kappa Psi house at U-Va. in 2012. A Columbia University report issued Sunday described significant lapses by the magazine’s staff while reporting the gang-rape allegations and the story’s writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and the publication’s managing editor, Will Dana, apologized for the deeply flawed account. But the fraternity noted that Erdely did not apologize directly to the Phi Psi chapter at U-Va.</p>
  • Satan’s Superbowl: “Gay Marriage” at SCOTUS

    04/06/2015 8:36:09 AM PDT · by fwdude · 18 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | April 3, 2015 | Scott Lively
    Friends, This article was published in my snail-mail newsletter on March 20, 2015 but I have decided to publish it here as well in light of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/changes-to-indiana-law-largest-step-ever-toward-gay-rights/ which confirms my thesis. I take no joy in being right in this prediction. Satan’s Superbowl During the 1992 election cycle I was the Communications Director for Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA) during the Measure 9 campaign to amend Oregon’s constitution to define homosexuality as “abnormal, unnatural and perverse” (the Biblical perspective in secular terms). From the initial filing of the ballot measure language in April, 1991...
  • Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change

    04/03/2015 11:32:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 2, 2015 | Don Thompson
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying the surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.
  • Forever 21 slapped with transgender discrimination lawsuit

    04/02/2015 1:46:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Fortune ^ | 4-2-2015 | Claire Zillman
    A manager at a Forever 21 in New York told Alexia Daskalakis, a transgender employee, that she was a “hot mess” and “disgusting,” that she looked “offensive,” and that “in my eyes and in the company’s eyes, you’re still a male.” Those are the allegations in a lawsuit Daskalakis filed against Forever 21 in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. The lawsuit accuses the fast fashion retailer of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Forever 21 did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Daskalakis started working as a sales associate at a Forever 21 store in Brooklyn in May 2011 and...
  • Pilot who suffered midair breakdown sues JetBlue

    03/31/2015 8:26:08 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    CNBC / USA Today ^ | 3-31-2015
    On March 27, 2012, JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon had a mid-air breakdown, running through the aisles of a Las Vegas -bound flight and making terrifying comments like "Pray f***ing now for Jesus Christ […] this plane will never make it to Vegas." Three years later, he has filed a $14.9 million lawsuit against JetBlue, alleging that the airline allowed him to fly despite knowing that he was mentally unfit. In the lawsuit, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, Osbon claims breach of contract and negligence, alleging that JetBlue should've known that he was incapable of piloting...
  • NBC News Sued For Libel & Slander After Describing Rifle Target Company As Bomb Makers

    03/30/2015 8:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Bob Owens
    NBC News and a local affiliate have being slapped with a libel and slander lawsuit for March, 23, 2015 report that aired on Today (also known as The Today Show) entitled, “Bombs for Sale? Popular Stores Sell ‘Dangerous Explosives.'”
  • Supreme Court may hear case on school barring American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

    03/29/2015 2:38:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    latimes ^ | March 29, 2015 | David G. Savage
    A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at free-speech rules for high schools. Ever since students protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands, the justices have said the 1st Amendment protects the rights of students to peacefully protest at school, so long as their actions do not lead to a "substantial disruption." In recent years, however, some school officials have moved to curtail political fashion statements such as wearing T-shirts with Confederate flags or anti-gay slogans. They...
  • The Romance of the Confederacy

    03/28/2015 5:52:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    National Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Josh Gelernter
    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments re Texas’s refusal to allow Confederate flags to be stamped on license plates as part of a “Sons of Confederate Veterans” design. I wouldn’t ask sons of Confederate veterans to disown their ancestry; in fact, my mother’s mother’s family was Southern, and four of my great-great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate army. And I know that lots of Americans sincerely see the Confederate flag as a symbol of states’ rights — particularly because virtually no Confederate soldiers actually owned slaves. But, personally, I see the Confederate flag as the symbol of men who, as...
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • Breaking: Peruta to be Heard En Banc

    03/27/2015 7:26:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The commonsense ruling that the second amendment applies outside of the home in the Peruta court case in the Ninth Circuit will now be decided by a hearing of an en banc panel of the justices of the Circuit. Decided in favor of the plaintiff, procedural motions eventually led to a at least one judge calling for the en banc hearing, sua sponte.  Thought to be unlikely because of both the clear ruling and the rarity of en banc hearings, the Ninth none the less voted to hear the case en banc.  The notice of the vote was published...
  • Clinton Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over Emails

    03/26/2015 8:21:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015
    March 25, 2015 Clinton Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over Emails By Jesse Byrnes The conservative group Freedom Watch has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The civil suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, argues that Clinton used her private emails to sell access to other officials in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation. It alleges that, during her tenure, Clinton withheld documents requested under FOIA regarding State Department waivers given to...
  • Trucking Industry Sues Oregon Over Fuel Law

    03/25/2015 7:01:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon’s new governor Kate Brown two weeks ago signed into a law a bill requiring distributors to reduce the carbon “intensity” of vehicle fuel by 10 percent over the next decade. Now the American Trucking Associations has joined with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance in suing Oregon to block the fuel standards. “The Oregon program is set up to give a big boost to Oregon’s small biofuel industry, without reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, and at the expense of higher fuel costs for everyone,” said ATA Vice President for Energy and Environmental Affairs Glen...
  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/22/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 106 replies
    AP ^ | March 22, 2015
    Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive.
  • Confederate Flag License Plate Battle Reaches Supreme Court

    03/22/2015 8:11:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    chronicle bulletin ^ | 22 Mar 2015 | unknown
    The nine justices will hear a one particular-hour oral argument in a case that raises the situation of how states can let or reject politically divisive messages on license plates with out violating absolutely free speech rights. States can generate revenue...
  • Texas judge threatens Justice Department over Obama's immigration plan

    03/20/2015 5:54:13 AM PDT · by libstripper · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 | David Zucchino
    A federal judge threatened Thursday to sanction the Justice Department if he finds that government lawyers misled him about the rollout of President Obama’s plan to shield up to 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, visibly annoyed, confronted a U.S. deputy assistant attorney general over previous government assurances on the timing of the program. He asked why he shouldn’t grant a discovery request for internal federal immigration documents — a request filed Thursday by 26 states that are suing over Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Hanen ordered a freeze on the Obama plan on Feb....
  • Zuckerberg Lawsuit Documents Show Animosity With Would-Be Neighbor

    03/12/2015 4:15:36 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 15 replies
    nyt blog ^ | MARCH 12, 2015 5:30 AM | By MATT RICHTEL
    Mark Zuckerberg likes his privacy, but he’s in an increasingly public battle with a would-be neighbor in Palo Alto, Calif., that threatens to expose details of his personal life and conduct. New court documents were filed on Wednesday in a continuing lawsuit against Mr. Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder and chief executive, revealing a dispute that touches on various hot buttons of boom-time Silicon Valley: privacy, networking, precious real estate, and the pairing of youth and affluence. In one sworn document, a real estate broker for the man suing Mr. Zuckerberg testified that Mr. Zuckerberg’s own real estate broker referred to...
  • Citing Misconduct and Misrepresentation by Hillary Clinton and State Department, Judicial Watch...

    03/12/2015 2:44:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 12, 2015
    Full title: Citing Misconduct and Misrepresentation by Hillary Clinton and State Department, Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court to Reopen Lawsuit Seeking Information on Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin (Washington, DC) – Following up on revelations of the secret email accounts created by Hillary Clinton and other top State Department officials, Judicial Watch announced that it has asked a federal court to reopen a closed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case that sought records about Huma Abedin, who had been Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary State Hillary Clinton ( Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). Judicial Watch’s...
  • Judicial Watch Sues for Hillary and Huma’s Egypt Emails

    03/05/2015 1:03:27 AM PST · by MilesVeritatis · 22 replies
    JudicialWatch.org ^ | 03/04/2015 | (none listed)
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly...
  • Some Glimmers Of Hope From SCOTUS In ACA Case

    03/04/2015 8:38:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    There are glimmers of hope contained in the reports of today's Supreme Court arguments in the case brought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenging federal subsidies to people who buy health insurance on the exchanges.This case is all about whether the language in a statute is to be interpreted without regard to any other sections of the statute or whether context is important. Justice Elena Kagan framed a question around that very issue.SCOTUSBlog: But much of the early questioning was dominated by a real-life hypothetical from Justice Kagan, suggesting that petitioner’s reading does not accord with everyday usage.She offered...
  • Why Chief Justice Roberts will save Obamacare again

    03/02/2015 5:44:11 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | Roger Parloff
    The Supreme Court’s credibility is at stake in Wednesday’s argument While the Obamacare challenge being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday is not an easy case, it does hinge upon an inescapably far-fetched claim—one that, if it prevails, will cause deep, lasting damage to the court’s credibility in the eyes of about half the nation’s population. I suspect Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., won’t let that happen. The challengers’ central argument in King v. Burwell is that the Affordable Care Act—the signature achievement of the Obama Administration and the most significant social legislation in a generation—must be given an...
  • Nurse Nina Pham Lawsuit Seeks Compensation for Exposure to Ebola, Lingering Effects of Trauma

    03/02/2015 9:47:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/02/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Nina Pham, the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, is now suing the hospital chain that both exposed her to the virus and also helped save her life. Pham, 26, helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to travel from West Africa to the U.S. after he contracted Ebola. She became ill soon after working with him and struggled to recover from the virus. While Pham initially received treatment from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, she was later transported to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Fortunately, Pham was able to recover...
  • Obamacare threatens to end John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

    03/01/2015 10:54:57 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/1/2015 | Robert Barnes
    The first time the Affordable Care Act came before the Supreme Court, its constitutional foundation under attack, John G. Roberts Jr. was its unlikely savior. In a spectacular display of spot-welding, the chief justice joined fellow conservatives on some points and brought liberals on board for others. Roberts was the only member of the court to endorse the entire jerry-rigged thing, and even he made sure to distance himself from the substance of the law. (“It is,” he wrote, “not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”) Still, his efforts rescued President Obama’s signature...
  • Lawsuit Plaintiff Byron Allen: Comcast Uses 'Least Expensive Negro' Al Sharpton

    02/28/2015 4:10:22 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    Allen also said media companies add insult to injury by throwing money at Sharpton, "the least expensive negro," to "cover" up their track record of "blatant" discrimination. "Instead of spending real money with real, 100 percent African American-owned media, it is easier to give [Sharpton] $50,000 to give them a cover," he said.