Legislative Sessions

The First Circuit ruled that a federal district court must reconsider seven New Hampshire state House members’ claims that a rule precluding them from participating in the legislative session remotely violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lower court must consider whether the plaintiffs are persons with disabilities within the meaning of the act.

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Cockfighting

The First Circuit upheld a law that bans cockfighting matches in Puerto Rico in a dispute brought by a group of gamecock owners, breeders, private fighting enthusiasts and others who claimed the regulation violated their First Amendment and due process rights and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Covid Amplifies Appeal Over Speech Rights of Health Care Workers

A hospital worker who was fired for complaining to a newspaper about staffing practices got a sympathetic ear at the First Circuit Wednesday, in a case that has drawn national attention due to the large number of health care workers who have recently been terminated for speaking out about inadequate protection during the pandemic.

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Church’s Appeal

The First Circuit ruled a “jurisdictional barrier” prevents it from deciding the merits of a church’s claims against Maine Governor Janet Mills over her Covid-19-related executive orders limiting nonessential activities. The church appealed the denial of its request for a temporary restraining order, which “falls outside the boundaries” of the circuit court’s appellate jurisdiction.

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