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Jurisdictional question revived in suits over coastal loss

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The question of whether lawsuits blaming big oil companies for loss of vulnerable Louisiana coastal wetlands will be tried in state courts, as local parish governments want, or in federal courts, as the oil companies want, has been revived by a federal appeals panel. ...

Court extends intimidation crime to transgender victims

Aug. 05, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan law that prohibits intimidation based on gender covers people who are transgender, the state Court of Appeals said Thursday. The court ruled in the case of a transgender woman who was shot in the shoulder after being confronted by a man at a...

Biden's new evictions moratorium faces doubts on legality

Aug. 05, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden may have averted a flood of evictions and solved a growing political problem when his administration reinstated a temporary ban on evictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. But he left his lawyers with legal arguments that even he acknowledges might...

Supreme Court orders resentencing in manslaughter case

Aug. 05, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a Yankton man be resentenced for manslaughter. Jameson Mitchell pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Lucas Smith outside a Yankton bar in April of 2019. The two had fought inside the bar and then were ejected...

Biden nominates first LGBT federal appeals court nominee

Aug. 05, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. The White House announced Thursday...

Vermont Supreme Court justice nominated to US appeals court

Aug. 05, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A justice on the Vermont Supreme Court who played a role in the state's passage of the first-in-the-nation civil unions law has been nominated to a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House announced Thursday. The announcement...

Biden's new evictions moratorium faces legality doubts

Aug. 04, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden may have averted a flood of evictions and solved a growing political problem when his administration reinstated a temporary ban on evictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. B ut he left his lawyers with legal arguments that even he acknowledges might...

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds state's permit-to-carry law

Aug. 04, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law requiring individuals to have a permit to carry a handgun in public is constitutional and does not violate the Second Amendment. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was charged with...

New Mexico sets rules to launch pandemic debt collection

Aug. 03, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s court system is taking steps to ease financial upheaval as the state braces for a wave of foreclosures on delinquent mortgage loans and the state phases out a moratorium on commercial debt collection orders often tied to credit cards or health care. ...

Indiana Supreme Court denies AG request in Holcomb lawsuit

Aug. 03, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an emergency request by state Attorney General Todd Rokita to stall Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies...