79 ABA Journal Vermont articles.

Prison Food Unconstitutionally Bad? No Way, Courts—and Dinner Guests—Say

Can food served to prisoners be so bad that it’s unconstitutional?

That is the question in a series of lawsuits filed in various states over “Nutraloaf,” a blended food intentionally…

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…

Va. Supreme Court Requires Enforcement of Vt. Ruling in Same-Sex Dissolution

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that state courts must enforce a child custody order issued by a Vermont court in the dissolution of a same-sex civil union.

The ruling…

Vermont Law Student and Cuban Wife Sue Over Travel Restrictions

A student at Vermont Law School and his Cuban wife have sued the U.S. government over restrictions that bar Cuban Americans from traveling home more than once every three years.

Animal Rights Lawyers Seeking ‘Holy Grail’ Gain Smaller Victories

For animal rights lawyers, the holy grail is a court decision that would allow them to sue in the name of animals.

They were hopeful a few years ago when…

Vermont Inmates Claim Right to a Hearing Over Nutraloaf

The Vermont Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on whether serving inmates a concoction known as nutraloaf is punishment meriting a formal hearing.

The mixture, served on a…

Colo. Pedestrians Nabbed for Jury Duty

A number of pedestrians in Greeley, Colo., were stunned yesterday to be handed documents requiring them to report immediately for jury duty as they were out and about, attending to…

Vermont Calm About Possible Same-Sex Marriage Law

Accustomed to civil unions allowing same-sex couples to form legally recognized partnerships, Vermont residents are now reportedly taking in stride a plan to put same-sex marriage on the legislative table.

Officers Recruit Potential Jurors on Sidewalk

A Vermont judge ordered the sheriff and his deputies to go out and round up some jurors yesterday after a jury pool shrunk to only 20 people.

Judge Harold Eaton…

Judge Orders Divorcing Blogger to Take Down Posts on Marriage

A Vermont judge has ordered a divorcing spouse to take down all his Internet postings about his wife and their marriage, surprising some First Amendment experts.

The lawyer for blogger…

Law Firm to Clients: Feds Tapped Our Phones

Lawyers at a Vermont firm that represents clients being held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan believe the federal government may be wiretapping their law…

Judge Backs State Emissions Controls

Vermont’s attempt to regulate greenhouse gases in vehicle emissions is not pre-empted by federal fuel-economy standards, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge William Sessions III of Burlington yesterday…

Proposed Laws Target Abusive Bosses

Nobody wants to work for a jerk. But unless abusive bosses violate specific prohibitions, such as discriminating against someone because of race or gender, treating employees badly generally isn’t illegal.

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Casual Comment Causes Commotion as Cops Converge on Confused Customer

Union of Feuding Mothers Dissolved

A Vermont judge has dissolved a civil union between two women whose fight over the custody of their daughter produced court opinions in two states.

The judge affirmed that both…