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Legal news from Tuesday, June 13, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 Monday in Sessions v. Morales-Santana that a gender-based differential in the US citizenship law concerning children born abroad violates the constitution. When a child is born abroad and one parent is a US citizen and the other is a citizen of another nation, the Immigration and Nationality Act …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Monday Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc that a company may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory definition of "debt collector" provided under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FDCPA defines debt collectors as "any person who regularly …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in a patent case on Monday. In Oil States Energy Services v. Greene's Energy Group [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court will determine whether inter partes review, a process used by the …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court on Monday overturned the Fourth Circuit's decision, concluding that the Virginia state court did not unreasonably apply the court's decision from Graham v. Florida. Under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), "a state prisoner is eligible for federal habeas corpus relief if the underlying state court merits …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit's decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker on Monday, denying plaintiffs the opportunity to appeal a trial court's decision before a final judgment is rendered when the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their action with prejudice. 28 USC § 1291 gives courts of appeals jurisdiction after a final …

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