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Legal news from Monday, June 5, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton that a church-affiliated hospital's pension fund is exempt from the federal pension law. The court held that under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a defined-benefit pension plan maintained by a church-affiliated organization qualifies as a "church plan," even …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Carpenter v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine, "hether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cell phone records revealing the location and movements of a cell phone user over the course of 127 days is permitted by the Fourth Amendment." The Stored Communications …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court decision striking down a North Carolina state House and Senate redistricting effort as racial gerrymandering that disproportionately impacted black voters. The court affirmed the order by summary disposition. Also Monday the court vacated an order requiring North Carolina to hold special elections, finding …

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