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  • Court questions whether Maine has money to expand Medicaid

    Court questions whether Maine has money to expand Medicaid

    Legal Outlook 07/19/2018

    Maine's high court is weighing whether to allow the LePage administration to continue to block federal funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.    Justices on Wednesday heard the administration's arguments against a court order r...

  • The Latest: Trump promises 'great' pick for Supreme Court

    The Latest: Trump promises 'great' pick for Supreme Court

    Legal Outlook 07/05/2018

    President Donald Trump is promising to select a "great" Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony KennedyThe president said Tuesday at a "Salute to Service" dinner in West Virginia that he "hit a home run" with Justice Nei...

  • Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

    Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

    Legal Outlook 06/22/2018

    Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officia...

  • Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death

    Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death

    Legal Outlook 06/16/2018

    Two online gamers whose alleged dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man not involved in the argument will make their first appearances in court Wednesday in a case of "swatting" that h...

  • Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

    Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

    Legal Outlook 06/13/2018

    The justices rejected, by a 5-4 vote Monday, arguments in a case from Ohio that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters' inactivity to trigger a process that c...

  •   An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

    An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

    Legal Outlook 05/16/2018

    False dichotomy, meretricious piety, and pay-no-attention-to-that-man-behind-the-curtain misdirection are vital arrows in the quiver of any lawyer or judge, no matter of what persuasion. These tricks were on particularly egregious display in Epic Sys...

  • Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

    Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

    Legal Outlook 04/16/2018

    The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s.Steve Schmitz was ...

  • Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort

    Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort

    Legal Outlook 04/16/2018

    Facebook says it will stop spending money to fight a proposed California ballot initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their data.The measure, known as the "California Consumer Privacy Act," would require companies to disclose upon re...

  • Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

    Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

    Legal Outlook 04/10/2018

    Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don't have a store or other building.If the c...

  • Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Michigan's top court hearing cases over guns, schools

    Legal Outlook 03/26/2018

    considers whether the state's public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on firearms.The case from Ann Arbor has been on the court's docket for more than a year. But arguments set for Wednesday are getting extra attenti...

  • Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Court to decide if drug use while pregnant is child abuse

    Legal Outlook 03/16/2018

    Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether a woman's use of illegal drugs while pregnant qualifies as child abuse under state law.The Supreme Court recently took up the case of a woman who tested positive for suboxone and marijuana at the time ...

  • Justice Gorsuch confirms conservatives' hopes, liberals' fears

    Justice Gorsuch confirms conservatives' hopes, liberals' fears

    Legal Outlook 03/10/2018

    Neil Gorsuch became the Supreme Court’s newest member a year ago this Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s pick for the high court, its 113th justice, has now heard more than 60 cases on issues including gerrymandering, fees paid to unions a...