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The prosecutors' filing follows Trump's motion to compel records from the government that would support his claims of fraud — and that undercover agents, not Trump, incited the riot.

by Kelsey Reichmann

The Republican lawmaker has singlehandedly prevented the Senate from approving nominees for hundreds of Pentagon positions.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

Lawmakers grilled the top law enforcement official on a legal provision allowing his agency to conduct surveillance on foreign nationals.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

The DA amended his nuisance action against the city of Sacramento include a violation of the California Fish and Game Code.

by Alan Riquelmy

The debate over the proposed ban pits animal rights activists against rodeo enthusiasts, many of them Latinos who take part in charrería.

by Hillel Aron

As Gaza is bombarded by Israeli forces, a polemic is raging in Germany over a state policy that makes criticism of Israel blasphemous because it's seen as antisemitic.

by Cain Burdeau

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Brightline West expects to provide more than 11 million one-way trips a year between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.

by Edvard Pettersson


The Sidebar hosts put on their best formal wear to discuss the legal highlights and lowlights in 2023 and what 2024 might bring (hint: presidential throwdown).

Courts & the Law

The justices looked for an even-keeled ruling in a case that could leave the government out trillions in tax revenue.

by Kelsey Reichmann

The case involving Chicago's Moody Bible Institute pits "egalitarian" against "complementarian" Christianity.

by Dave Byrnes

The former president is slated to take the stand on Monday as the final witness for the defense.

by Erik Uebelacker

A group gathers to protest abortion restrictions at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

After being denied an abortion to end a nonviable pregnancy, Kate Cox wants a Texas court to step in and allow her to get the procedure.

by Kirk McDaniel

The parents claim that forcing their kids to read books that promote tolerance of LGBTQ+ people violates their religious rights.

by Joe Dodson

Majors’ ex-girlfriend recalls actor’s ‘violent temper’ and suicidal threats in tearful testimony.

by Josh Russell

a screenshot shows a side-by-side comparison of black and white shoes made by Vans and similar shoes with a wavy design created by another company

The distorted-looking "Wavy Baby" sneakers, intended to riff on Vans' iconic "Old Skool" sneakers, lead to consumer confusion, the Second Circuit found.

by Nika Schoonover

Around the Nation

The justices declined to rule on a key enforcement mechanism for the Americans with Disabilities Act after the case was voluntarily withdrawn.

by Megan Butler and Kelsey Reichmann

Black and Latino voters filed suit saying new districts make it difficult for minority voters to elect candidates they choose.

by Sydney Haulenbeek

The founder of Lead Safe Mama and the now-dissolved Lead Safe America Foundation wants the Ninth Circuit to revive a due process claim against an Oregon financial investigator.

by Alanna Mayham

Multiple real estate companies have artificially inflated mobile and manufactured home lot rents across the country for years, a plaintiff claims in a class action filed in federal court in Chicago on Monday.

by Dave Byrnes

Two years after an oil spill shut down some of California's most famous beaches, federal investigators met to discuss what happened and make suggestions to prevent future spills.

by Sam Ribakoff

Whether a civil rights attorney seeking to a concealed-carry permit can dodge training requirements while he fights said requirements depends on whether he can even bring the case at all.

by Nika Schoonover

The justices confessed confusion over how the Wild West — and West Side Story — should fit into its constitutional analysis.

by Thomas F. Harrison

Texas is on the brink of being found in contempt for the third time in long-running litigation over its dysfunctional foster care system.

by Cameron Langford


by Daniel Conrad

The Fifth Circuit issued a temporary administrative stay in an ongoing dispute between Texas and the Biden administration concerning Border Patrol agents’ occasional cutting of the state’s razor wire barrier near the border. The lower court had written the practice was conducted in situations where officers needed to render emergency assistance to migrants in the river, and to apprehend and detain suspects.

An appeals court in Wisconsin upheld an administrative law judge’s reversal of the natural resources department’s issuance of a wetland individual permit to the company building a new Sheboygan golf course that will require discharging dredged or fill material into more than three acres of wetlands. The department did not consider the project’s secondary effects on the wetlands’ functions, such as habitat for birds and water quality.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a California federal court’s decision not to compel arbitration of a class claim against the online cryptocurrency exchange company Coinbase. The Coinbase user agreement included an arbitration agreement and delegation provision, which is enforceable.

A federal court in Louisiana sent a former Louisiana State University associate athletic director’s sexually hostile work environment claims against managers of the athletic department and its football team’s ex-head coach. A jury will need to determine whether elements of her claims have been established.

A federal court in California tossed class claims against Monsanto for selling Roundup bottles that allegedly lacked clear expiration labels; consumers say they thought the products could be used indefinitely, while they actually developed NNGs, a carcinogen, over time. They could not show, however, that the chemicals developed at more than one part per million — the EPA’s hard limit for pesticide products.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Thirty-two female student-athletes accused the University of Oregon Title IX violations in women's beach volleyball and club rowing. The athletic department failed to provide "equal treatment, equal athletic financial aid, and equal opportunities to participate in varsity athletics," including inadequate scholarship money and practice facilities.

A woman says then-NHL player Sergei Krivokrasov and his brother, Andrei, raped her at a party at Elmira College in 2000, according to a suit filed in state court. Jane Doe is suing the brothers and the college, which she says should have prevented someone with a history of assault from staying on campus.

CSX Transportation didn't maintain its train cars or trackside detectors that might have prevented a derailment and molten sulfur spill, according to a class action filed in federal court. Residents had to evacuate after a fire left plumes of sulfur dioxide in the air.

Pro-Israel rallygoers in a federal class action accused Coach bus drivers of calling out sick to refuse to drive them to demonstrations in Washington to support Israel's fight against Hamas.

Common Cause and a handful of individual voters sued the New York State Board of Elections and commissioners in Albany Supreme Court over the state's adoption of ExpressVote XL, a touch-screen voting machine that doesn't let voters verify their votes.

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