Lisa Soronen

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The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether medical providers receiving federal funds may be prevented from referring patients for abortions. In California v. Azar the Ninth Circuit held the federal rule at issue is lawful. In Cochran v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite conclusion.

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In a Supreme Court amicus brief filed in Caniglia v. Strom, the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues the Fourth Amendment “community caretaking” exception to the warrant requirement should extend beyond automobiles.

A police officer determined Edward Caniglia was “imminently...

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s “Tier 1” total ban on indoor religious services, while allowing a 25% capacity limitation. Most of the state is currently under Tier 1 COVID-19 restrictions. It also allowed California’s to continue banning singing and chanting during indoor services.

While a number of Justices issued opinions, the Court issued no majority opinion.  Chief Justice Roberts’ two-...

In PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a private natural gas company may use the federal government’s eminent-domain power to condemn state land.

The Natural Gas Act (NGA) authorizes private gas companies like PennEast to obtain necessary rights of way through eminent domain to build pipelines. PennEast asked a federal district court to condemn 42 properties which belong to New...

In an 8-0 decision in City of Chicago v. Fulton, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the City of Chicago didn’t violate the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay provision by holding onto a vehicle impounded after a bankruptcy petition was filed.  The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed an amicus brief in this case asking the...

In 1969 in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the U.S. Supreme Court held that school officials may discipline students who engage in speech that would materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school. In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., the Supreme Court will...

In Americans for Prosperity v. Becerra and Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra the petitioners claim that a California law requiring them to submit to the California Attorney General their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists their largest donors, violates the First Amendment. California law requires the Attorney General to...

In City of San Antonio, Texas v. Hotels.com, L.P. the Supreme Court will decide whether a federal district court has discretion to waive appellate costs which in this case the City of San Antonio had to pay Hotels.com after the Hotels.com won its appeal.  

The City of San Antonio won in federal district court a class action lawsuit against online travel companies (OTCs) requiring them to collect occupancy taxes on...

The issue in B.P. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore is whether a federal appellate court may review all the grounds upon which a defendant claims its case should not be sent back to state court when only one of the grounds the defendant alleges is specifically listed in federal statute as a basis for federal appellate court review. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed a Supreme Court...

In a Supreme Court amicus brief in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that temporary entry onto private property by government officials isn’t a “taking.”

The U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment allows the government to “take” private property as long as it pays “...

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