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Sep 1, 2015

U.S. court denies $2 million legal fees to conservatives in voting rights case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied $2 million in legal fees sought from the federal government by conservative lawyers who persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 to strike down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision to reject the fee request, which was made to the government by lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama.

Aug 31, 2015

Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to remain out of prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

In a brief unsigned order, the court said McDonnell, who was governor from 2010 until 2014, would not have to report to prison until he completes the appeals process.

Aug 28, 2015

U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge’s ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The law in question expired in June and was revised by Congress.

Aug 28, 2015

US appeals court upholds protest ban on Supreme Court plaza

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld
a federal law banning protests on the marble plaza directly in
front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, saying
demonstrators are free to protest nearby.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit ruled that the law does not violate the First Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech.

Aug 28, 2015

U.S. court rules for government over NSA metadata collection program

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Friday threw out a judge’s ruling that would have blocked the
National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a
controversial program that has since been amended by Congress.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the
preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The law in
question expired in June and has since been amended by Congress.

Aug 21, 2015

Appeals court upholds minimum wage for home-care workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a Department of Labor rule requiring employment agencies to pay the minimum wage and overtime to domestic workers providing in-home care for the elderly, sick or disabled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge filed by the Home Care Association of America and two other trade associations that represent the agencies. The decision overturns a lower court ruling that had invalidated the 2013 regulation.

Aug 21, 2015

U.S. appeals court upholds minimum wage for home-care workers

WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Friday upheld a Department of Labor rule requiring employment
agencies to pay the minimum wage and overtime to domestic
workers providing in-home care for the elderly, sick or
disabled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit rejected a challenge filed by the Home Care Association
of America and two other trade associations that represent the
agencies. The decision overturns a lower court ruling that had
invalidated the 2013 regulation.

Aug 14, 2015

Court throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration policy challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court judge’s finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lacked standing to sue, a provision in U.S. law that means he has to prove he has been directly harmed.

Aug 14, 2015

U.S. court throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration policy challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday
threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued
that President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration
were unconstitutional.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit upheld a district court judge’s finding that Maricopa
County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lacked standing to sue, a provision in
U.S. law that means he has to prove he has been directly harmed.

Jul 30, 2015

Factbox: Obama’s Clean Power Plan faces tough legal scrutiny

By Lawrence Hurley

(Reuters) – The final version of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a major air pollution
regulation aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants,
is scheduled for release on Monday. But the long-term fate of
the measure depends on its ability to withstand the inevitable
legal challenges from states and industries opposed to it.

Here are some questions and answers about how the legal
fight could unfold:

Q: Challengers are first expected to ask a federal appeals
court in Washington to block the regulation from taking effect
until litigation is complete. Is a stay likely?