Food truck owner hopes to take fight against Chicago to Illinois Supreme Court

A cupcake food truck owner who believes Chicago’s regulations — including a rule requiring mobile vendors stay at least 200 feet away from bricks-and-mortar restaurants — are unconstitutional is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to take up her lawsuit. If the state Supreme Court obliges, it will be the next step in a lengthy legal [...]

Supreme Court Limits Suits Against Foreign Terror Sponsors

The case provided a rare moment of ideological unity in unlikely circumstances, as the justices on Wednesday unanimously agreed with the Trump administration to favor a regime the U.S. classifies as a state sponsor of terrorism against Americans injured in a Hamas suicide bombing. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said Iran had the [...]

The Supreme Court Case That Could Devastate Unions

On Feb. 26 the U.S. Supreme Court will consider dealing what would likely be a devastating blow to America’s already-struggling labor movement. The issue before the court is whether it’s unconstitutional to require government workers to fund unions that represent them. Public sector employees now represent around half of union members in the U.S., and [...]

Pennsylvania redistricting map challenge filed with Supreme Court

A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation’s highest court. The filing made late Wednesday asked Justice Samuel Alito to intervene, saying the state Supreme Court overstepped its authority in imposing a new map. More litigation may follow, as [...]

Unions sound alarm as Supreme Court takes up fees fight; Gorsuch …

Video Supreme Court to hear case of worker fees to Big Labor Justice Gorsuch’s views on union fees seen as pivotal. Mark Janus has worked for years as an Illinois state employee, and pays about $550 annually to the powerful public-sector union known as AFSCME. While not a member of the union, he is required [...]

Supreme Court says whistleblowers must alert government to get legal protections

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 apply only when those alleging corporate misdeeds bring their information to the government. The court said that the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 did not cover those who brought allegations only to their [...]

Pennsylvania GOP leaders ask Supreme Court to block redrawn …

Video What Pennsylvania’s new congressional map means Republican strategist Eric Beach explains why Pennsylvania’s redistricting is under fire. The Republican presiding officers of Pennsylvania’s House and Senate asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to block a new congressional district map that is widely expected to boost Democratic prospects in the November midterm elections. The emergency [...]

Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an 8-0 ruling, upheld a [...]

Supreme Court Rules on Terrorism, Whistle-Blowers and Prisoners …

But the brief argued that the exceptions in the immunities law did not apply. “The property at issue here consists of ancient Persian artifacts, documenting a unique aspect of Iran’s cultural heritage, that were lent to a U.S. institution in the 1930s for academic study,” the administration’s brief said. “Execution against such unique cultural artifacts [...]

Pakistan Supreme Court bans ex-PM Sharif as party head

Pakistan‘s Supreme Court has ruled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cannot head the country’s ruling party. The court’s decision on Wednesday comes months after Sharif was “deemed unfit to hold public office” over corruption allegations and forced to step down, Pakistan’s Dawn news outlet reported. A subsequent law, known as the Elections Act 2017, [...]

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