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  • Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty

    Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty

    Analysis on Litigation 06/15/2017

    A young Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were teenagers was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday. Michelle Carter was charged in the death of Conrad Roy III. ...

  • High court won't hear appeal from former Qwest CEO

    High court won't hear appeal from former Qwest CEO

    Analysis on Litigation 06/11/2017

    The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joseph Nacchio seeking an $18 million tax refund on money he gained from illegal stock sales. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling tha...

  • Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells

    Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower for stinky smells

    Analysis on Litigation 06/07/2017

    A pot farm's neighbor can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neig...

  • Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    Analysis on Litigation 05/14/2017

    One of Neil Gorsuch's sharpest dissents as an appeals court judge came just six months before he was nominated for the Supreme Court. That's when he sided with a New Mexico seventh-grader who was handcuffed and arrested after his teacher said the stu...

  • Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court

    Trump tabs Minnesota Justice Stras for federal appeals court

    Analysis on Litigation 05/10/2017

    Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, once clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and believes in a limited role for the ...

  • Indiana high court: Immigration status inadmissible at trial

    Indiana high court: Immigration status inadmissible at trial

    Analysis on Litigation 05/09/2017

    The immigration status of a Mexican native who is suing over lost wages in a workplace injury case should not be considered at trial because it can cause unfair prejudice, the Indiana Supreme Court has ruled. The state's high court reversed a lower c...

  • Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law

    Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under anti-bias law

    Analysis on Litigation 05/03/2017

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes. ...

  • Judge W. Brent Powell Appointed to Missouri Supreme Court

    Judge W. Brent Powell Appointed to Missouri Supreme Court

    Analysis on Litigation 05/01/2017

    Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell was appointed Tuesday to the Missouri Supreme Court, marking the first high-profile judicial selection by new Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. Powell will replace former Judge Richard Teitelman, who died in ...

  • 4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney

    4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney

    Analysis on Litigation 04/23/2017

    Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p...

  • High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute

    High court sides with Goodyear in sanctions dispute

    Analysis on Litigation 04/22/2017

    A unanimous Supreme Court is siding with Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. in a dispute over $2.7 million the company and its lawyers were ordered to pay in a personal injury case. The justices on Tuesday sent the case back to a lower court to decide wh...

  • Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case

    Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case

    Analysis on Litigation 04/18/2017

    The trial of two Canadian men from a fundamentalist sect that allows men to have multiple wives opened Tuesday with not guilty pleas being entered on charges of practicing polygamy. Winston Blackmore and James Oler each face one count of polygamy. Bo...

  • Court document: Hawaii mother’s body parts found in freezer

    Court document: Hawaii mother’s body parts found in freezer

    Analysis on Litigation 04/10/2017

    A Hawaii man accused of killing his mother months ago stuffed her dismembered body parts in seven plastic bags in the kitchen freezer of the Waikiki apartment they shared, according to court documents made public Monday. Yu Wei Gong has been charged ...