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Washington justices void 1916 tribal rights ruling as racist

Jul. 10, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's Supreme Court on Friday vacated a 1916 ruling that allowed a prosecutor to bring criminal charges against a tribal fisherman as racist and unjust. The justices unanimously said they were compelled to void the decision, even though it was overruled in 1957, because...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor's broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers' vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Jul. 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of...

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down three vetoes, upholds one in mixed ruling for Democratic governor

Jul. 10, 2020 9:18 AM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down three vetoes, upholds one in mixed ruling for Democratic governor.
FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson shoots free throws prior to an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Pelicans rookie Williamson says he feels like he is in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans' eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Court filing alleges $400K paid to Williamson family in '18

Jul. 9, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation that his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before his lone season for Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in a Florida state court, accusing...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during his address at the inauguration of Gov. Tony Evers, right, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that curtailed the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general. The ruling Thursday, July 9, 2020 rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, giving Republican yet another victory. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored lame-duck laws

Jul. 9, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019. The justices rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, handing...

Oregon Appeals Court affirms Portland renter relocation law

Jul. 9, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause. Presiding Judge Darleen Ortega said she agreed with a 2017 ruling...

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Republican-authored lame-duck laws in union lawsuit

Jul. 9, 2020 9:04 AM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds Republican-authored lame-duck laws in union lawsuit.

EU court: diesel customers can sue VW where they bought cars

Jul. 9, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that buyers of Volkswagen cars fitted with software installed to cheat diesel emissions tests can sue the automaker in the country where they bought the car rather than seeking damages in Germany. The European Court of Justice was asked to...

Appeals Court rules in favor of nonbinary legal designations

Jul. 8, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Eugene resident’s right to a nonbinary gender marker. Jones Hollister’s gender is nonbinary, but their petition for a nonbinary gender marker was denied by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles D. Carlson last year. ...

Nevada court considering Wynn defamation claim against AP

Jul. 6, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court was asked Monday to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against The Associated Press and an AP reporter based on a story about accounts to Las Vegas police from two women who alleged sexual misconduct by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. In oral arguments, a lawyer for...