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A county prosecutor's investigation into the former president and his allies’ efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia has become more contentious, as Rudy Giuliani testifies behind closed doors and the state’s Republican governor lashes out against investigators.

by Megan Butler

A federal judge ruled that a top Penguin Random House executive's testimony must be excluded from the federal antitrust trial because it is not based on sufficient facts and data.

by Emily Zantow

Researchers in the United Kingdom warn massive volcano eruptions could be a more imminent threat than we think.

by Candace Cheung

Federal prosecutors accuse the former R&B star of producing at least four videos featuring him engaging in sex acts with underage girls.

by Dave Byrnes

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Decision 2022

Alaska's first venture into ranked-choice voting may end up giving former Governor Sarah Palin a boost into a congressional seat.

by Julie St. Louis

Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman ousted incumbent Representative Liz Cheney in Wyoming's Republican primary.

by Alanna Madden

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Across the Nation

According to a federal lawsuit, the laws unfairly flag foreign-born citizens who are limited English speakers.

by Michael McDaniel

Whether the three-term councilmember will be allowed to sit as a replacement appears to turn on a fine parsing of the city charter.

by Hillel Aron

Publicly the former president is pushing transparency. As one source notes, however, "that is a far cry from filing a formal legal document taking a legal position that he does not oppose release."

by Emily Zantow

The plaintiffs claim the law is subjective and gives officials means to chill voters' rights.

by Michael McDaniel

The agreement called for Jonathan Toebbe to receive between 12 ½ to 17 years in prison, and Diana Toebbe three years for hers.

by Lawrence Smith

Former Virginia Deputy Attorney General Monique Miles claimed Attorney General Jason Miyares and his office defamed her regarding the termination of Miles' employment.

by Joe Dodson

The federal appeals court found 2-1 that marijuana markets are legal enough to be governed by the commerce clause.

by Andy Monserud

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

The Fifth Circuit found that a U.S. federal court has jurisdiction over this lawsuit against a Japanese firm whose container shipping charter crashed into a vessel, killing seven American sailors. Because the company does business here, employs some workers here and litigates in American courts, it has sufficient contacts to establish personal jurisdiction.

The Second Circuit concluded it lacks jurisdiction over the appeal of officials for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, who are being sued by a former priest for defamation. The priest says he was elevated to be the bishop of Miami, then stripped of that role amid allegations that forged correspondence supported his candidacy.

The D.C. Circuit rolled back a policy of the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts that forbade its employees from expressing support for political candidates outside of work by any means, finding the rule violated employees’ First Amendment right to free expression.

The Second Circuit reinstated a trans woman’s disability discrimination and negligence claims against a sheriff, a deputy and a nurse who allegedly misgendered and harassed her during her six months in jail.

An Ohio judge presiding over multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic ordered CVS, Walmart and Walgreens and other pharmacies to pay more than $650 million over 15 years to two counties impacted by the public health emergency.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

A Missouri man faces federal charges of threatening an Arizona elections official by calling his personal cellphone and telling him his "ass will never make it to your next little board meeting" because he didn't support the Cyber Ninjas audit.

Patrick Reed, a nine-time PGA tournament winner and one of the top-ranked golfers in the world, sued the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee over claims that he was defamed in tournament coverage in 2019 and 2021 when he was accused of cheating.

Democrat TJ Cox, a onetime congressman representing the Fresno, Calif., area, has been charged with numerous counts of wire fraud and money laundering involving $1.7 million in diverted funds and nearly a $1.3 million defaulted loan.

A class claims in federal court that the Dallas Mavericks and the team’s billionaire owner Mark Cuban lied about the cryptocurrency brokerage firm Voyager being commission-free in order to get an unfair advantage over competitors.

Claiming racial discrimination, a pair of Black homeowners in an affluent neighborhood of Maryland called Homeland claim in a federal complaint that they missed out on historically low interest rates because Loandepot.com would not refinance their mortgage on the basis of a low appraisal conducted by 20/20 Valuations.

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