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  • Court rules Puigdemont must return to Spain for re-election

    Court rules Puigdemont must return to Spain for re-election

    Court Watch 01/17/2018

    Spain's top court said Saturday that Catalonia's fugitive ex-president must return to the country and be present in the regional parliament to receive the authority to form a new government.The Constitutional Court ruled that a session of Catalonia's...

  • Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms

    Hong Kong court to rule later on 3 activists' prison terms

    Court Watch 01/15/2018

    Three Hong Kong activists will have to wait to learn the outcome of their final appeal Tuesday to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city.Judges at Hong Kong's top...

  • Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

    Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

    Court Watch 01/11/2018

    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually....

  • Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

    Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

    Court Watch 01/07/2018

    Connecticut's highest court has ruled on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't.The Supreme Court's 6-0 decision Thursday overtur...

  • Greece to limit Sharia law after European Court challenge

    Greece to limit Sharia law after European Court challenge

    Court Watch 12/11/2017

    Lawmakers in Greece are set to limit the powers of Islamic courts operating in a border region that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority.Backed by parliament's largest political parties, the draft law is set to be voted on later Tuesday. The p...

  • Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

    Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

    Court Watch 11/25/2017

    Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States.Attorneys for trapping organizations said in recent court filings that the lawsuit against the ...

  • Court: Colorado county wrongly OK’d asphalt plant near homes

    Court: Colorado county wrongly OK’d asphalt plant near homes

    Court Watch 11/22/2017

    A Colorado court has overturned Weld County’s approval of a $20 million concrete and asphalt plant currently under construction, saying the county had evidence the plant would violate noise standards.The Greeley Tribune reports the Colorado Cou...

  • Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the US Supreme Court's Agenda

    Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the US Supreme Court's Agenda

    Court Watch 11/15/2017

    To get the Supreme Court's attention these days, try saying your speech rights are being violated.Whether the underlying topic is abortion, elections, labor unions or wedding cakes, the First Amendment is starting to dominate the Supreme Court's agen...

  • Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland

    Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland

    Court Watch 11/14/2017

    Britain's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland — a watershed moment for public health advocates alarmed at the level of abuse.The court on Wednesday rejected the Scottish Whis...

  • 'Dirty soda' Utah court battle ends with legal settlement

    'Dirty soda' Utah court battle ends with legal settlement

    Court Watch 11/08/2017

    Two Utah chains that sell flavor-shot-spiked "dirty sodas" have settled their court battle over the sugary concept that's grown increasingly profitable in a state where sugar is a common vice, according to court documents filed Tuesday.Soda shops Sod...

  • Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018

    Illinois to require veterans courts across the state in 2018

    Court Watch 10/30/2017

    A law passed last year requires every judicial circuit in Illinois to have a veterans treatment court starting Jan. 1.The courts allow veterans who were honorably discharged to plead guilty to a crime in exchange for a probation sentence, The Chicago...

  • Immigrant teen seeking abortion asks court to reconsider

    Immigrant teen seeking abortion asks court to reconsider

    Court Watch 10/22/2017

    Attorneys for a pregnant teen being held in a Texas immigration facility are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision not to order the government to let her obtain an abortion.Lawyers for the 17-year-old on Sunday asked the U.S. Cour...