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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address the constitutionality of the federal criminal prohibition against encouraging or inducing illegal immigration for commercial advantage or private financial gain, the availability of a suit seeking monetary damages against individual federal employees under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and whether Heck v. Humphrey…
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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the availability of joint and several forfeiture under 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C), whether the Lanham Act prohibits registering as a trademark an otherwise generic term when a generic top-level domain (“.com”) is added to it, and whether an ordinance prohibiting…
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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address a district court’s discretion to deny a request for a writ of habeas corpus to compel a nonparty inmate to appear as a trial witness and whether solicitation can constitute an “attempt” under the Controlled Substances Act. The petitions of the week are: Thomas…
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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the ability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to seek and obtain disgorgement as “equitable relief”; how to assess whether a state-law test for determining employment classification is pre-empted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act; and to what the…
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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address the scope of the United States Forest Service’s authority to grant rights-of-way in national-forest lands and whether the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the separation of powers. The petitions of the week are: United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation…
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Challengers respond in dispute over funding for border wall

The battle over the Trump administration’s efforts to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico continued to unfold today. Last week the federal government asked the Supreme Court to put on hold a district court’s order that prohibited the government from using $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for construction of the wall. This…