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Right-to-Work Law Upheld

by Ruder Ware on

Without much fanfare, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law. The Right-to-Work Law passed in Wisconsin is similar to a law passed in Indiana and holds that a company may not enter...more

Nine Members Again, the Supreme Court Takes On Uneasy Relationship Between Church and State

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2017, the last day of its session, the Supreme Court issued what is likely to be one of its most significant rulings this year – and possibly for years to come – in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia,...more

New Florida Law Demonstrates Tension Between Medical Marijuana and Employer Drug Policies

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a medical marijuana use bill that was prompted by a voter referendum that amended the Florida Constitution to provide certain patients the right to use marijuana for...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

NJ’s Gubernatorial Election – Public Matching Funds and the Role of Outside Money

by Genova Burns LLC on

On the same day that it was announced that Kim Guadagno and Phil Murphy both qualified for public matching funds in New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial election, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission issued a News...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week the General Assembly worked through the final bills of the session as the chambers prepared for adjournment of the 2017 long session....more

Sarah Palin’s Suit Against The New York Times Faces Some Key Challenges

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

On June 27, Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, filed a complaint against The New York Times for defamation in the Southern District of New York. Palin alleges a Times editorial defamed her by...more

Firmwide response to travel bans

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Learn how Ropes & Gray mobilized resources in response to executive orders restricting travel....more

The 2017 Texas Legislative Session: A Mixed Bag for Texas Newsrooms

by Jackson Walker on

In football, blocking and tackling is as important as connecting on a long pass. In a legislative session that was tough going for advocates of open government and news reporting, a tenacious defense won more victories than...more

Trade associations voice support for commission to run CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 22 trade associations sent a letter last week to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees expressing their “strong support” for the creation of a five-member bipartisan...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, a native of Youngsville, NC, was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 10th, 2017. We are eternally grateful for his service to this country and for his sacrifice. Our...more

On My Bookshelf: Sisters, the Lives of America's Suffragists

by Baker Donelson on

Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election that pitted Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, it was fascinating for our BakerReads group to spend some time with a book tracing the personal histories of five of the...more

Client Alert: Effects of Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Framework on Patients, Physicians, and Entrepreneurs

During a special legislative session ending June 2, 2017, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 8-A (“SB 8-A”), authored by Senator Bradley, amending Florida's medical marijuana laws to reflect the 2016 passage of...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Social Links: Instagram’s new tool to denote paid posts; the world’s 1st autonomous-vehicle public transportation system for the...

Instagram is now allowing a limited number of users to identify branded content with a “paid partnership” subhead instead of using hashtags like #ad and #sponsored to identify sponsored posts. The platform says it plans to...more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

State Attorneys General Warn the EPA of Legal Action Should Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards Get Rolled Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Even as the Trump administration is calling into question whether it will remain committed to Obama-era fuel economy and emissions targets, state governments are stepping up to enforce those same targets....more

Legislators Finally Pass a Bill to Implement Florida's Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On the last day of the Special Session, the Florida Legislature passed a seventy eight-page bill titled an Act relating to medical use of marijuana. While many questions are still left unanswered, there are some takeaways for...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court opinion that 28 NCGA legislative House and Senate districts relied too heavily on race, and remanded the matter to the lower court. Although the...more

Different Path, Same Result: 9th Circuit Becomes Latest Appeals Court To Reject Trump’s Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

Several weeks ago, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that blocks President Trump’s second executive order attempting to institute a travel ban against those arriving from several specific Muslim countries...more

Florida Preserves Employer Protections in Medical Marijuana Bill

Voters in the November 8, 2016, general election in the state of Florida approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The initiative required a supermajority vote to pass, with at least 60 percent of voters...more

9th Circuit Upholds Block on Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 12, 2017, a unanimous three judge panel on the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, in addition to blocking directives within the executive order suspending...more

Supreme Court Case Concerning President Trump’s Travel and Refugee Bans – Key Documents

by Hogan Lovells on

This page is intended to serve as a collection of documents related to State of Hawaii et al v. Trump as the case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. Stay Application: Government’s application for a stay of the Hawaii district...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers returned to Raleigh Monday morning with the intention of beginning the budget reconciliation effort through the Conference Committee process. However, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily altered that...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

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