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In Separation of Powers Ruling, Supreme Court Rejects PTAB System for Patent Disputes and...

The Supreme Court, applying a doctrine that urges strict separation of authority among the federal government’s three branches, invalidated June 21 a statutory scheme that excludes politically-appointed functionaries from intellectual property disputes.

Court Opinions: Presiding Disciplinary Judge Opinions for July 2021

In July 2021 the Colorado Supreme Court – Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge issued opinions in 13 attorney regulation cases.
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U.S. Judge’s Decision in Long-Running Hawai’i Clean Water Act Case May Launch Era of...

A long battle over a Hawai’i local government’s pollution to the ocean via groundwater ended late last week with a federal judge’s order making clear that the discharges are illegal if not authorized by regulators.
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10th Circuit Says Passport Revocation for Unpaid Taxes is Constitutional

Americans who owe back taxes of five figures or more might not be able to travel with a passport after a July 20 opinion from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Texas Fans’ Case Against Sign-Stealing Astros For Ticket Refunds Fails

A fan lawsuit seeking a refund for Houston Astros season tickets after the 2017 World Series sign-stealing scandal is out of court.

Court Opinions: Colorado Court of Appeals Opinions for July 15

The Court of Appeals on July 15 ruled in Marriage of Young, deciding a magistrate needed to reconsider whether one party was voluntarily underemployed.
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Court Opinions: Colorado Court of Appeals Opinions for July 8

The Colorado Court of Appeals on July 8 ruled in People v. Valera-Castillo, People v. Landis, People in Interest of K.S.E. and others.

D.C. Circuit: FERC Must Confirm Pipeline Developer’s Claim That Natural Gas Transport Infrastructure is...

A federal appeals court in D.C. ruled that FERC must verify that a natural gas pipeline is necessary before granting a developer a permit.
Haw River, North Carolina

Federal Appeals Court, in Scrutinized Hydroelectric Facility Case, Orders FERC Caution Before Agency Finds...

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 2 that FERC improperly determined N.C. waived its right to set water quality for the Haw River.
ExxonMobil oil storage terminal in Everett, Mass.

Boston-Based Appeals Court Sends Case Involving Oil and Gas Terminal Prep for Climate Change...

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 1 that a lawsuit alleging Exxon-Mobil failed to prepare an oil storage facility for climate change impacts should go to trial.