U.S. Supreme Court

Aug 2, 2021

Bar challenges may reach U.S. high court

A Michigan lawyer failed last month in her challenge to the requirement that she join the State Bar of Michigan and pay dues supporting advocacy activities with which she disagreed. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Taylor v. Buchanan, on July 15 found that two U.S. Supreme Court cases were right on point […]

Jun 21, 2021

4th Circuit: Many paths to same-sex Title VII claim

The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals has revived a worker’s claim of same-sex sexual harassment, joining five sister circuits in holding that such plaintiffs aren’t limited to the three distinct evidentiary options outlined in a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1998. Chazz Roberts was hired as a “dive tender,” or diver’s assistant, by Glenn Industrial […]

May 3, 2021

Discovery, American style, could become global export

An international legal dispute that began with a fire at a Boeing plant in South Carolina is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could end up significantly changing the way that companies that do business internationally resolve their disputes, not just in the United States, but across the globe. Servotronics, an American […]

Feb 8, 2021

U.S. justices urged to address law for vulnerable witnesses

The conviction of a Northern Virginia father for the murder of his wife presents an opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the law on remote testimony by child witnesses, the father’s lawyer argues. The lawyer contends Virginia and other states are denying the rights of defendants to confront opposing witnesses, even when, as […]

Sep 21, 2020

Title VII gay bias claim goes forward

A June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has opened courthouse doors for a lawsuit filed by a Staunton man who says he was fired for being homosexual. The federal justices ruled June 15 that Title VII covers discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Following that decision, a judge in Harrisonburg federal court on […]

Nov 7, 2019

Pirate ship copyright dispute sails before Supreme Court

By Correy Stephenson BridgeTower Media Newswires A sunken pirate ship off the coast of North Carolina that triggered a copyright dispute with implications for state sovereign immunity will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1996, the Queen Anne’s Revenge was discovered off the coast of North Carolina. Originally a French ship, Blackbeard captured […]

Jul 15, 2019

Virginia legislature lacks standing to challenge redistricting decision

After the Virginia Attorney General elected to not appeal a lower court decision holding certain redistricting violated the Equal Protection clause because it was based on race, members of Virginia’s House of Delegates took up the appeal. However, the court dismissed their appeal, holding they lacked standing. Background In 2011, after the 2010 census, Virginia […]

Jul 15, 2019

Virginia ban on uranium mining upheld

A company that wants to mine raw uranium in Virginia, but cannot because of a Virginia ban on uranium mining, failed to persuade the court that Virginia’s ban was preempted by the Atomic Energy Act, or AEA. Background Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine raw uranium ore from a site near Coles Hill, Virginia, but […]

Jun 29, 2018

SCOTUS: Second trial didn’t violate Double Jeopardy, preclusion

A defendant who agrees to have the charges against him considered in two trials cannot later argue successfully that the second trial offends the Fifth Amendment. Background This case began when police dredged up a safe full of guns from a Virginia river. Paul Garrison, the safe’s owner, had reported it stolen from his home. […]

Jun 3, 2018

SCOTUS: Warrantless vehicle searches limited within curtilage

The automobile exception to the Fourth Amendment does not permit a police officer, uninvited and without a warrant, to enter the curtilage of a home in order to search a vehicle parked therein. Background Albemarle Police Officer McCall saw the driver of an orange and black motorcycle with an extended frame commit a traffic infraction. […]

May 21, 2018

Appeals court: pardons render resentencing hearing moot

RICHMOND (AP) A federal appeals court says a man who received two partial pardons from Virginia governors is not entitled to further judicial review. Travion Blount was initially sentenced to six life terms for his role in a 2006 Norfolk house-party robbery he committed when he was 15 years old. But then-Gov. Bob McDonnell issued […]

Mar 7, 2017

Supreme Court sends Virginia transgender bathroom rights case back to appeals court

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen’s case to a lower court without reaching a decision. The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia school. The case had been scheduled for […]

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