Supreme Court

SCOTUS to decide who owns the rights to state law compilations

BY: - December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — A dispute over a compilation of Georgia’s laws and who owns the rights to them was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court argument on Monday.  The case surrounds the Official Code of Georgia Annotated — a publication including state laws, as well as background information. Georgia contends that the code, maintained […]

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big 2nd Amendment fight 

BY: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]

Nessel, Michigan Dems back gun control measure before Supreme Court Monday

BY: and - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its ideological shift with the […]

Superfund, copyright cases to go before SCOTUS this week

BY: - November 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court this week is slated to take up a case over states’ roles in demanding cleanup of hazardous waste sites.  The case surrounds a Superfund site at a smelter in Montana, but the outcome could also have broad implications for cleanups in other states.  A company that has been working […]

The tumultuous life of an independent redistricting commissioner

BY: - November 27, 2019

A warm breeze blew past Colleen Coyle Mathis and her husband, Christopher, as they lounged on the back porch of their Spanish Colonial Revival-style house one evening earlier this month, drinking bottles of Pacifico. Marigold, their 2-year-old Bernese mountain dog, lay at their feet, and the music of Linda Ronstadt hummed in the background. Life […]

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court may side with Trump.

BY: - November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage a former President Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. Michigan is home to 5,350 DACA recipients. The average recipient in Michigan moved to the U.S. by […]

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday

BY: - November 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands of young adults across the […]

Nessel joins group of AGs against ‘unlawful’ Trump EPA regulatory changes

BY: - October 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 22 other state attorneys general in opposing a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which the AGs say would unlawfully hinder states’ abilities to protect water quality. In the comment letter filed this week, the attorneys general cite “grave concerns” that the President Trump administration […]

It’s official: No gerrymandering reform in Michigan until 2022

BY: - October 21, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this year that it won’t weigh in on cases of political gerrymandering and it’s now officially tossed Michigan’s case back to a lower court.  In a one-sentence order on Monday, the Court effectively overturned a lower court ruling that 34 congressional and state legislative districts had been gerrymandered to […]


Column: HUD’s attacks on civil rights protections contradict science and the Supreme Court

BY: - October 10, 2019

Have you ever heard the phrase “racism without racists?” Particularly in the United States, terms like “racism,” “racist,” and “discrimination” are deeply entwined with the concept of intent. While intent does matter, we risk losing sight of the forest through the trees when our obsession with intent eclipses the reality of impact. Years of scientific […]


Column: Workplace sex discrimination claims are common – but they’re not making it into court

BY: - October 9, 2019

Several cases addressing whether it’s legal to fire a worker because of their sexual orientation and gender identity were taken up by the Supreme Court this week. While these legal questions deserve significant attention, those concerned about equality on the job should not lose sight of the broader, yet equally important issue – the continued […]

Supreme Court appears split as justices weigh landmark LGBTQ rights case

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to the argument that federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  That issue was at the crux of a trio of cases heard by the court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. The court’s […]