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Legal news from Wednesday, May 24, 2017
by Autumn Callan

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District Court of California agreed Tuesday to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order that cuts funding from so-called "sanctuary cities." In his opinion, San Fransisco-based Judge William Orrick stated, "Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be …

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by Autumn Callan

The Texas Senate revived a full "bathroom bill" early Wednesday morning. In 1AM vote, the Senate voted 21-10 to attach restroom regulations to an otherwise unrelated proposal concerning county governments. The piggy-backing rules will require transgender Texans to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex identified on their birth certificates. The original bill was written …

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by Autumn Callan

Taiwan's constitutional court, the Judicial Yuan, declared on Wednesday that same-sex marriages will be legally recognized. The court has given two years for the legislature to make amendments allowing same-sex marriage, and a draft of the bill is currently being considered. Under the new legislation, same-sex couples will have the same rights as opposite-sex couples. The …

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by Jennifer Suder

The Nevada Senate voted 11-10 on Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow terminally ill patients the option to end their life. The bill would allow, but does not require, doctors to prescribe pharmaceuticals intended to end the patient's life. In order to be found competent, two doctors must diagnose the …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Ratko Mladić, a former Bosnian Serb commander, has filed a challenge to a UN court's rejection of his request to be sent to Russia, according to court documents released Tuesday. Mladić is seeking medical attention, as he has alleged that the care he receives at The Hague is inadequate. The Hague refutes these claims and fears, …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday allowed a lawsuit by Wikimedia to proceed against the National Security Agency (NSA). The suit claims that the NSA's use of Upstream violates the First and Fourth Amendments. Upstream is a surveillance program authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in SAS Institute Inc. v. Lee on whether third parties can petition the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to re-review issued claims and, if not patentable, cancel them. The question now is whether the re-review law requires the USPTO to issue written decisions regarding …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC on what constitutes "residence" in the context of patent cases. The issue before the court was whether 28 USC § 1400(b) is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue in patent infringement actions and is not to be …

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