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A new, sweeping piece of legislation would force companies using artificial intelligence tools to review the impacts of automating critical business decisions.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

A couple had argued that a law that bars people with restraining orders filed against them from possessing firearms is unconstitutional.

by Hillel Aron

Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the initiative to coordinate federal efforts seeking to increase safety.

by Nolan Stout

Angry about federal spending on Kyiv, more than two dozen Republican lawmakers are threatening to hold up a multibillion-dollar aid package requested by the White House.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

International relations experts were surprised to hear the Mexican president’s reason for skipping the APEC summit: that his country does “not have relations with Peru.”

by Cody Copeland

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Kari Lake is back in court after several failed attempts to overturn Arizona's 2022 gubernatorial election. This time, she's fighting for access to voter signatures she says will help prove her claims. But the county says those signatures aren’t public record.

by Joe Duhownik

Courts & the Law

The plaintiff claims the retail giants advertise false and misleading price comparisons for their products.

by Joe Harris

Coca Cola claims that the juice boxes' nutrient content may be useful in maintaining a healthy diet.

by Michael Gennaro

The student-athletes seek damages as several different classes, claiming the NCAA wrongfully blocked them from earning money in business ventures through promotion of their name or likeness.

by Natalie Hanson

Cory Sessler says the city of Davenport violated his First Amendment rights by censoring his message and expelling him from a downtown festival.

by Rox Laird

Turner accuses the Jonas Brothers star of refusing to give up their children's passports.

by Nika Schoonover

A critic of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's animal testing practices claims the university illegally censored her views on social media.

by Dave Byrnes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said no studies have shown abortion pill reversal to be safe and effective.

by Alan Riquelmy

One circuit judge expressed concern that forcing state health programs to cover gender-affirming care could intrude on state's rights.

by James Farrell

Around the Nation

Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh pleaded guilty Thursday to federal crimes tied to a decadelong scheme to rob his personal injury clients.

by Steve Garrison

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020 and held their phones for more than a year. MPD has yet to return some of the phones.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Despite DNA evidence connecting him to the crime, Anthony Sanchez maintained his innocence for the 1996 murder of a university dance student.

by Kelsey Reichmann

A Florida federal judge tossed out the damages award last year, finding it was based on hearsay and unsupported speculation surrounding the supposed multibillion-dollar value of the deal.

by Kayla Goggin

A lawyer for an ousted school superintendent contended that lawyers for the Virginia Attorney General's office overstepped ethical rules during a grand jury hearing.

by Joan Hennessy


by Lorraine Bailey

A federal judge ordered Chicago State University to hand over all academic records relating to Nigerian President Bola Tinubu to former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the results of the Nigerian presidential election held earlier this year. Abubakar claims Tinubu forged his undergrad degree from the university. Abubakar’s interest in obtaining the records outweighs Tinubu’s privacy rights because Tinubu put his diploma at issue before the country’s electoral commission.

The Fifth Circuit vacated a sweeping order requiring major changes to Mississippi’s mental health care system. In an ADA suit, the federal government claimed the state placed every person with a severe mental illness at risk of unjustified institutionalization. However, Mississippi’s lack of community-based mental health programs does not prove it discriminates against people with mental illness, and even if it did, the broad injunction intrudes on state’s rights.

A federal judge ruled a high school’s refusal to publish a student’s poem titled "Derek Chauvin's Ode to George Floyd: A Dark Sonnet" in its literary magazine did not violate her free speech rights. The school had a “legitimate pedagogical concern” the poem would create strife among the student body and faculty.

A federal judge ruled a hemp farm may sue San Diego County related to the search of its farm and the destruction of $3 million worth of crops. The search warrant was defective because it did not mention the possibility that the company was legally cultivating hemp on its property and not marijuana. The officers also unreasonably dismissed the farm tenant's offer to show physical proof that the farm had a valid registration permit to grow hemp.

A federal judge declined to dismiss a convenience store employee’s suit claiming he was fired for enforcing the mask mandate during the Covid-19 pandemic. This caused a customer to swear at the employee, who swore back. While it is reasonable to fire an employee for swearing at a customer, there have been instances in the past where the employer has not fired an employee who swore at customers, suggesting the employee’s Covid-19 safety concerns were part of the decision to fire him.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Republican U.S. representatives and other New York politicians claim a mail-in voting law violates the state Constitution, which says voters must cast ballots in person unless they are ill, disabled or out of town, according to a suit filed at the Albany County Supreme Court.

The Interior Department Monday announced a Bureau of Land Management proposal that would protect 4,000 acres in Sandoval County, New Mexico, by preventing new mining claims and oil and gas development in the area for 50 years. The plan is designed to protect tribal sites near Placitas and boost local recreation opportunities.

The group behind the U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately gutted affirmative action in college admissions now claims West Point should not be able to consider race when admitting cadets.

The estate of the late singer Jenni Rivera claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court in California that companies owned by her father have failed to pay royalties and exploited rights to her sound recordings that “rightfully belong” to her successors.

A mother is suing the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, claiming its superintendent, some of its members and a faith-based nonprofit engaged in a conspiracy to expose public school students to “overtly sectarian and religious experiences” without parental approval.

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