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In the contentious runoff race to secure the nation's last U.S. Senate seat in a politically polarized state, Democratic candidate and current U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock has a slight advantage over his Republican opponent.

by Megan Butler

Rights groups say Indonesia is taking authoritarian steps after lawmakers passed a new criminal code penalizing consensual sex between unmarried people and criticism of the president.

by Lasse Sørensen

The story of a Sicilian town's fight to stop the Pentagon from installing massive antennas for its new MUOS global satellite communications system at a secluded military base is part of a decadeslong struggle by anti-U.S. and anti-war movements against America's military and political influence in Italy.

by Cain Burdeau

Twenty-two-year-old Anderson Aldrich stands accused of killing five and injuring more than a dozen at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19.

by Amanda Pampuro

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A doctor who brought the case says he uncovered a billing scheme that defrauded Medicare, but the government has elected not to pursue his claims.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Courts

The GOP-controlled states claim the president is ignoring a clear mandate from Congress that appropriated funds are meant for border wall construction.

by Cameron Langford

After the Supreme Court recently struck down firearm restrictions in New York, gun rights supporters say Maryland’s law is no longer constitutional.

by Joe Dodson

The Center for Biological Diversity accuses the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of allowing too much recreational activity in the mammal's tiny wetland habitat.

by Edvard Pettersson

The defendant argues on appeal that requiring comparable pay for comparable work would be ‘devastating’ in rural Maine.

by Thomas F. Harrison

A man serving a life sentence for two murders and other crimes unsuccessfully argued Estonia violated his human rights by refusing to allow him to vote in elections for the European Parliament.

by Molly Quell

While prosecutors told jurors of a yearslong pattern of sexual abuse of inmates, the ex-warden's attorney told them to consider the source — women looking for a way out of prison.

by Natalie Hanson

She consented to the sale of a home in San Francisco but wants the Supreme Court to exonerate her for misrepresentations that her spouse made to the buyer.

by Alexandra Jones

Around the Nation

The 28-year-old officer told jurors she had only been on patrol for about a month when her partner Aaron Dean killed Atatiana Jefferson in her Fort Worth home.

by David Lee

The ban, one of several bail conditions, is in effect until the Wisconsin woman’s criminal elder abuse case is resolved.

by Andy Monserud

A decision on the constitutionality of the 2016 law could impact hundreds of Georgia lactation counselors and breastfeeding mothers.

by Kayla Goggin

The suit, which also names two private companies, alleges the Metropolitan Utilities District did not properly odorize its gas or install an excess flow valve leading to the home.

by Andrew J. Nelson

"Voters vote ignorantly and emotionally, they refuse to learn anything about the candidates or their own parties," one political expert opined.

by Bob Leal

The state attorney general’s campaign committee wants the appeals court to invalidate an obscure statute that makes it illegal to intentionally spread false and damaging information about an opposing political candidate.

by Erika Williams

A veteran advocacy group claims Colorado's requirement for mail-in ballots to be signed results in thousands of legitimate votes not counting.

by Amanda Pampuro

The 2020 arrest of a 10-year-old Black girl who had drawn an offensive picture at school was a violation of her civil rights, the ACLU has said.

by Candace Cheung

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

A Manhattan appeals court dismissed a securities fraud class action against French pharmaceutical firm Genfit over its drug to treat liver disease, finding the company disclosed clinical trial results and said its profitability could not be guaranteed.

The D.C. Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against a challenge brought by two coders who allege it violates their First Amendment right to instruct others how to write code intended to bypass technology security measures.

A Manhattan appeals court ruled the Tina Turner Musical may seek insurance coverage for losses caused by the cancellation of its Broadway show during the Covid-19 pandemic because the losses do not fall within the policy’s communicable disease exclusion.

An appeals court in Maryland allowed a mother to regain custody of her son after the mom served time in prison for murdering her husband, the father of their child. She had good behavior in prison, no prior incidents of violence before the murder and killed her husband following years of physical and sexual abuse, so her son is returned to her custody.

A federal judge in Indiana ruled that the state attorney general violated confidentiality laws when he spoke about his investigation into the doctor who gave a raped 10-year-old Ohio girl an abortion. The court made no factual determinations because the case has been referred to the medical licensing board.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Five women sued comedian Bill Cosby under the Adult Survivors Act, which opened up a one-year look-back window in New York for victims of sexual abuse to bring civil claims after the statute of limitations has elapsed.

The Indiana-based Bopp Law Firm sued outgoing Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn over $193,000 in unpaid legal fees for defense work in a case challenging Cawthorn’s eligibility to seek reelection.

Conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, after being ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in damages for falsely claiming the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

Journalists with the Central American outlet El Faro claim Israel-based NSO Group used its Pegasus surveillance software to hack their cellphones.

Tinder, one of dozens of dating apps owned by the Match Group, faces a federal class action from a user who says it collects facial-recognition data, and biometric information more broadly, in violation of New York privacy laws.

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