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DOJ Opinion OKs Social Security Benefits for Gay Couple’s Child

A Justice Department legal opinion says federal law does not bar the Social Security Administration from paying benefits to the nonbiological child of a woman who entered into a civil…

Judge Approves $11M Va. Tech Settlement

An $11 million settlement that was reportedly agreed to several months ago by victims and survivors of last year’s shooting massacre at Virginia Tech has now…

Imperial US Extraterritorialism is Abusive, UK Lawyer Says

Extraterritorialism, or the practice of seeking to enforce a country’s laws beyond that country’s geographic borders, isn’t necessarily bad.

But it is being abused by U.S. authorities seeking to prosecute…

Suit Filed over ‘Gated Community’ Created by Police Barricades

The owners of an apartment complex in suburban Chicago have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against local government officials. At issue is the “gated community” created by concrete police…

Suit Challenges Public Intoxication Statutes in N.J.

A federal lawsuit contends at least 74 towns in New Jersey are enforcing statutes against public intoxication even though they were repealed by a state law adopted in 1975.

The…

3rd Circuit Panel to Hear Complaint Against 9th Circuit Chief Judge

With noteworthy speed, the chair of the judicial council of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a special committee to look into a judicial misconduct complaint against…

White House Admin Office E-Mails Not Covered By FOIA, Federal Judge Says

Although the White House Office of Administration has for decades considered itself subject to the Freedom of Information Act, in fact FOIA doesn’t apply to White House e-mails held there…

Air Conditioner Ban Makes Residents Hot in One Illinois Town

Right now, violators will only be warned by Addison authorities. But starting next year residents of this suburban Chicago town face a fine of up to $500 for putting a…

National Fishing Registry—and Fee—Planned for US Anglers

A national registry for U.S. recreational anglers was proposed yesterday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, as part of a plan to keep track of the fish that are being…

Detroit v. Detroit: Law Prof Represents City as Council Seeks to Fire Mayor

As a battle between the mayor of Detroit and the Detroit city council heats up after a scandal over an apparent affair and claimed perjury allegedly revealed by text messages…

Mayor’s Aide Files Discrimination Suit Over a Volunteer—the Mayor’s Wife

Ordinarily, an employment discrimination lawsuit against a government entity is sparked by a problem between employees, or an employee and a supervisor.

But an unusual case in Kansas City, Mo.,…

Claimed China Hack Attack Targets: US Gov’t, Business and Utilities

After news that China may have secretly copied information in the U.S. commerce secretary’s laptop last year, a Congressman says that’s far from the only intrusion for which computer hackers…

Estate of ‘Sagebrush Rebellion’ Rancher Wins $8.6M in Water Rights Case

A well-known Nevada rancher has won $8.6 million in a 17-year battle against the government over restricted grazing and water rights, two years after he died.

The estate of Wayne…

Soon to be Playing at LA Federal Courthouse: Hard-Core Porn

Jurors at an ongoing federal trial in Los Angeles will soon be asked to watch some six hours of hard-core porn movies. Their mission: to determine whether the videotapes, some…

Most Gitmo Prisoners at Psychological Risk, Report Says

Held under conditions even more stringent than those in “supermax” prisons in the U.S., many detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba are at least at risk of…

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