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SCOTUS nixes gun ban, ‘Millionaire’s amendment’

In two of the last three opinions of its term, the Supreme Court struck down both the D.C. handgun ban and portions of the “Millionaire’s amendment” to federal campaign financing laws, both by 5-4 votes. “[T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights ...

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SCOTUS consensus? Not so much…

Think the declining number of 5-4 splits on the Supreme Court this term was a tribute to the Chief Justice’s consensus-building skills? Not so, says veteran SCOTUS litigator Walter Dellinger. Instead, he thinks the margins have been wider simply because ...

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Supreme Court stays out of W.R. Grace dispute

The Supreme Court declined to step into a dispute over the definition of “asbestos,” dashing the hopes of Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. and six of its former executives. The decision allows the prosecution to move forward with criminal charges ...

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Supreme Court gets down to work

The Supreme Court issued four employment-related opinions this morning, with two favoring workers and two favoring employers: The court made it easier for older workers to show age discrimination in disparate impact cases, in Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory ...

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Keep-away on the high court

Watching oral arguments at the Supreme Court is “like watching a very young, very energized bloc of four conservatives on the court playing keep away with the ball…,” Slate’s SCOTUS reporter Dahlia Lithwick said at the American Constitutional Society’s convention ...

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Law Blog Round-up

Hello! Here are a few law links to ease you into the week: We’re about to see a tidal wave of foreclosures in Maryland, says bankruptcy lawyer Brett Weiss. The Janice M. v. Margaret K. same-sex visitation majority opinion doesn’t ...

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Anniversary for Loving v. Virginia

Today marks the 40th 41st anniversary of the legalization of interracial marriage, which followed a landmark decision in the case Loving v. Virginia. The June 12, 1967 Supreme Court decision struck down anti-miscegenation laws in more than a dozen states. ...

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This week in Maryland Lawyer

Mandatory retirement ages for lawyers have lost favor with the ABA and many law firms, but as Danny Jacobs writes, performance-based retirement can bring its own set of problems. In a related story, the lawyer for a retired founder says ...

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An unlikely gaming advocate

It might be a bit dry (err… educational) in comparison to Guitar Hero, but a new video game about the court system has Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s backing. O’Connor spoke this week at Games for Change, a conference in New ...

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Three down, 26 to go for Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court entered the final month of its term today, it had 29 decisions outstanding. The justices issued three this morning, leaving 26 to go — or about one a day, most weekends included, for the rest of ...

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