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BRANCH v. SMITH

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Elections, Government Law
District court properly enjoined a Mississippi court's proposed congressional re-districting plan, as that plan had not been pre-cleared and had no...
03/31/2003 01-1437

ARCHER v. WARNER

United States Supreme Court
Bankruptcy Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Injury & Tort Law
A debt for money promised in a settlement agreement accompanied by the release of underlying tort claims can amount to a debt for money obtained by...
03/31/2003 01-1418

BROWN v. LEGAL FOUND. OF WASHINGTON

United States Supreme Court
Banking Law, Constitutional Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Property Law & Real Estate
A state law requiring client funds that could not otherwise generate net earnings for the client be deposited in an "interest on lawyers' trust...
03/26/2003 01-1325

CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS v. BUCKEYE CMTY. HOPE FOUND.

United States Supreme Court
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction, Elections, Government Law, Property Law & Real Estate
A city did not violate the Equal Protection Clause by submitting a facially-neutral referendum petition to voters, which called for repeal of a...
03/25/2003 01-1269

WOODFORD v. GARCEAU

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus
For purposes of application of amendments made to 28 U.S.C. ch. 153 by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), a case does not...
03/25/2003 01-1862

NORFOLK & W. RY. CO. v. AYERS

United States Supreme Court
Government Benefits, Health Law, Injury & Tort Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation
Mental anguish damages resulting from the fear of developing cancer may be recovered under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, by a railroad worker...
03/10/2003 01-963

COOK COUNTY v. US EX REL CHANDLER

United States Supreme Court
Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Government Law, Health Law
Local governments are "persons" amenable to qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. section 3729.
03/10/2003 01-1572

CONNECTICUT DEP'T OF PUB. SAFETY v. DOE

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Cyberspace Law, Sentencing
The registration requirement for Connecticut's public disclosure of its Internet registry of sex offenders is based on the fact of a previous...
03/05/2003 01-1231

LOCKYER v. ANDRADE

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus, Sentencing
A California appeals court decision, affirming a sentence of two consecutive terms of 25 years to life in prison for a "third strike" conviction, was...
03/05/2003 01-1127

SMITH v. DOE

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Cyberspace Law, Sentencing
The Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act is non-punitive, thus application of its registration requirement is not retroactive punishment and does not...
03/05/2003 01-729