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Law in the News: Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan

Published on: Author: Teresa L

In California, community college tuition and fees average less than $1,500 a year, the lowest in the nation, and with government grants, most students pay nothing. In Florida and Michigan, the cost is over $3,000, yet poorer students still attend free. But in Vermont and New Hampshire, prices are around $7,000, well over what government… Continue reading

Law in the News: Foie Gras Producers, Restaurants Defeat California Ban

Published on: Author: Teresa L

A California ban on foie gras can’t be enforced because it violates U.S. poultry regulations, a federal judge said in a victory for producers of the delicacy made from fattened duck and goose livers. The ban, which took effect in 2012, was the first by a state to make it illegal to sell foie gras.… Continue reading

Law in the News: New Year, New Rules: A Look At Laws Going Into Effect In 2015

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Banning leaf blowers? Redefining “milk?” Making living conditions better for hens? In 2015, a number of new state and local laws will go into effect across the country, and you may see some of these changes being made in your area. Read article on ABC News.

Law in the News: Supreme Court considers extent of free speech over Internet

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.But his wife didn’t see it that way. Neither did a federal jury. Elonis, who’s from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted… Continue reading

Law in the News: Where Might Obama and the G.O.P. Agree? Here Are Possibilities

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Moments like this — when a president in his final two years of an eight-year run faces a sharply hostile Congress — are certainly not when big, ideologically polarizing legislation is likely to be enacted. Republicans may have a comfortable majority in both the House and Senate, after all, but not enough votes to override… Continue reading

Law in the News: On Election’s Eve, G.O.P. Is Confident, but Voters Are Sour

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — The most expensive midterm campaign in American history stumbled into Election Day on Tuesday with voters’ interest at record lows and their divisions deep over what they want their government to do in President Obama’s final two years. … The uncertainty about the outcome is a fitting match for the mood of the… Continue reading

Law in the News: What the Supreme Court Did (and Did Not) Reveal About 3 Hot Button Issues

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Without uttering a word from the bench, the Supreme Court acted on major hot button issues in the last month concerning voting rights, abortion and gay marriage. The cases weren’t on the Court’s argument calendar. Parties were either asking the Court to act on an emergency basis to freeze a lower court decision, or requesting… Continue reading

Law in the News: Nevada and Idaho want high court to put gay-marriage on hold

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Washington (CNN) — Officials in Idaho and Nevada have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriage in those states, at least temporarily, by barring implementation of a federal appeals court ruling issued Tuesday. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down current bans on same-sex marriage in the two states, and later… Continue reading

Law in the News: Supreme Court’s Robust New Session Could Define Legacy of Chief Justice

Published on: Author: Teresa L

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday returns to work to face a rich and varied docket, including cases on First Amendment rights in the digital age, religious freedom behind bars and the status of Jerusalem. Those cases are colorful and consequential, but there are much bigger ones on the horizon. In the coming weeks,… Continue reading

Law in the News: Courts Nix More Software Patents

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Since the country’s top court struck down patents on a computer program that reduces risk in financial transactions, federal trial courts have rejected software patents in nine cases, according to Lex Machina, which supplies patent data to lawyers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which sets much of the nation’s patent law,… Continue reading