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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Tibble v. Edison International

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Supreme Court/courts

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that agreed with employees of a utility company that their employer had failed to act in their best interests by offering mutual funds with higher fees than others that were also available but not offered by the company plan.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Comptroller of Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne

Categories: Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Taxes

5-4 Supreme Court decision that Maryland’s income tax law is unconstitutional.  Maryland was providing a limited tax credit for income taxes paid outside the state, but the credit did not cover taxes paid to cities and counties.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Fair Use Index

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Supreme Court/courts

Aims to make the principles and application of fair use in copyright matters more understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions.  Provides a brief summary of the facts of the case, the relevant questions presented, and the court’s determination as to whether the contested use was fair.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Rodriquez v. United States

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Supreme Court/courts

6-3 decision of the Supreme Court that absent reasonable suspicion, prolonged extension of a police traffic stop to allow a dog to sniff for illegal drugs violates the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable seizures.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Free Exercise of Religion by Closely Held Corporations: Implications of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision that corporations owned and controlled by a single family could not be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Also examines potential legislative responses and the decision’s effect on employer requirements to offer contraceptive coverage in group health plans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism,Transportation

Court filing which reveals that the federal government has revised its procedures and now provides information to those denied aircraft boarding because their names are on the No-Fly list.  The filing details the appeals procedures available to such an individual.  From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Prosecution, Transfer, and Registration of Serious Juvenile Sex Offenders

Categories: Crime/Justice,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Youth

Presents an overview of the full range of alternative approaches for prosecuting serious sex offenders in juvenile courts in the various states of the U.S.  From the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice


Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that overturns a lower court ruling on state redistricting.  Those challenging the law said that the Republican-led legislature packed minority voters into a few districts thereby limiting minority voting power.  From Justia


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