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Mar 29, 2017

Iowa House OKs shorter deadline for bias suits

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa House passed legislation last week that would shorten the deadline for filing discrimination lawsuits in the state from two years to 90 days. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 58-39 to pass the bill. It now heads to the GOP-majority Senate. Under current Iowa law, people have two years to file lawsuits in district court after their discrimination claims ar[...]

Mar 29, 2017

Many Dems set for ‘nuclear’ fight over Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch will have a “real uphill climb” to win confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday as more party members said they’re determined to block the nominee even if it leads to a “nuclear” fight with Republicans. In the end, the matter may come down to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who again guaranteed to reporters that G[...]

Mar 27, 2017

Senate panel to meet on Supreme Court nominee, delay likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel is meeting to consider President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and Democrats are widely expected to delay a vote until next week. The Judiciary Committee is gathering at noon on Monday. Democrats have the power to seek a one-week postponement on a decision on Neil Gorsuch, the Denver-based appeals court judge. A dozen Democrats and independent[...]

Mar 24, 2017

Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill

WASHINGTON — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if t[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Schumer opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

WASHINGTON — The top Senate Democrat said Thursday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and lead a filibuster of the choice, setting up a politically charged showdown with Republicans with far-reaching implications for future judicial nominees. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized Judge Neil Gorsuch, saying he “almost instinctively favors the powerful over the w[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Trial attorneys: tort reform no longer just an idle threat

PROVIDENCE, RI -- A new occupant in the White House is prompting trial lawyers, for the first time in years, to take seriously tort reform efforts by Republicans in Congress. Just this month the Republican-controlled House passed bills that would narrow the scope of membership in class actions, restrict the payment of class counsel fees, increase transparency in the asbestos trust compensation [...]

Mar 23, 2017

Son of Minneapolis man sought in Nazi case wants evidence released

The son of a 98-year-old Minnesota man sought by Polish authorities in connection with a Nazi massacre reiterated Saturday that his father is innocent and asked that evidence against him be released. A court in Poland issued an arrest warrant for Michael Karkoc earlier this week, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States on war crimes charges. The Associated Pres[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Daudt’s raise dispute may rest with court, council says

The chairman of the independent council that approved $14,000 raises for Minnesota lawmakers says lawyers will have to decide whether Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt can block the pay increase. Minnesota voters created the Legislative Salary Council through a November constitutional amendment that removed lawmakers' ability to set their own pay. That council recently affirmed its decision t[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Judge issues $150K sanctions motion for lawyer misconduct

RALEIGH, NC -- A Texas Credit Union will be able to recoup a bigger chunk of the attorneys’ fees it incurred as a result of opposing counsel’s misleading the court about the existence of a crucial document. A North Carolina federal judge ruled that under the law in the 4th Circuit, Generations Federal Credit Union could recover most of the expense of prosecuting its sanctions motion against[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Judge denies Mosby’s request for stay in defamation case

BALTIMORE, MD -- A federal judge has denied Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's request to stay defamation lawsuits against her while she appeals the judge's rulings on her immunity. "The Court does not, by any means, consider Mosby's appeal to be meritorious," Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis wrote in the memorandum opinion Monday. The underlying lawsuits, filed by fi[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Judge loses challenge to Minnesota mandatory retirement age

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A district judge from Moorhead has lost his legal challenge to a Minnesota law that requires judges to retire at the age of 70. Judge Galen Vaa contends that the mandatory retirement age for district court judges is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Vaa filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mark Dayton and the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System. Ra[...]

Mar 23, 2017

Immigration court backlog in Minnesota hits record high

The immigration court in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington has a backlog of about 5,300 cases — an all-time high. In about 150 of those cases, individuals are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to Minnesota Public Radio, the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review has preliminary plans to dispatch judges to Bloomington and 11 other ci[...]

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