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Canadian Green Light for Marijuana May Not Affect US Consumers

In October, Canada is set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. Legalization theoretically could mean that American consumers could cross the border to consume marijuana in Canada and possibly bring it back to the U.S., but in reality this is unlikely to happen, at least for now. While some states…

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Recently Featured Dockets

State Of New York et al v. Mnuchin et al (filed 7/17/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, IRS Commissioner David Kautter, and others, over the new $10,000 cap on the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes (“SALT”). The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.


MGM Resorts International et al v. Corbin et al (filed 7/17/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska


MGM Resorts International et al v. Acosta et al (filed 7/13/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

A case filed by MGM Resorts International (MGM) in relation to the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas in which MGM argues that the post-9/11 federal Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act of 2002 shields them from liability.


CALIXTO v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY et al (filed 6/28/18)
U.S. District Court for the District of District Of Columbia

A lawsuit filed by an immigrant private in the U.S. Army Reserve against the US Army for discharging him without warning or explanation.


State of Washington et al v. United States of America et al (filed 6/26/18)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Eighteen state attorneys general have sued the Trump administration over its policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The lawsuit alleges that the practice of family separations violates the due process and equal protection rights of the families.


Ariana Serna Maggiore v. MGM Resorts International et al (filed 6/26/18)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Plaintiff Arianna Serna Maggiore sued Defendants MGM Resorts International, Mandalay Corp., MGM Resorts Festival grounds LLC, Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Live Nation Group d/b/a OneNationGroup, LLC, Contemporary Services Corp. and the Estate of Stephen Paddock for injuries she sustained when Paddock fired into the crowd from his Mandalay Bay hotel suite during the Route 91 Harvest Festival at Las Vegas Village.


Padilla et al v. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al (filed 6/25/18)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of three Central American women being detained in Washington, thousands of miles from where their children are being held. The class-action lawsuit alleges that dozens of immigrants are being separated from their children and detained in Washington state and that the administration is unnecessarily prolonging their separation.

Other Legal News

What if You Owned a Beach but Weren’t Allowed to Get to It?
The New York Times, July 20, 2018

In California, a long-running fight could be nearing a conclusion. At stake for the public is access to a magnificent coastline.


With All Eyes on Joe Manchin, He Is All Ears at a Supreme Court Round Table
The New York Times, July 20, 2018

A discussion in his home state underscored the difficult decision the West Virginia senator and other red-state Democrats must make.


Collins v. Virginia: An Innocuous, Fourth Amendment Decision About Curtilage
Justia's Verdict, July 18, 2018

Cornell law professor Sherry F. Colb comments on the US Supreme Court’s precedents recognizing, yet not clearly defining, “curtilage”—the area near one’s house that is constitutionally protected against warrantless searches by law enforcement. As Colb explains, the Court’s cases involving curtilage, including its recent decision in Collins v. Virginia leave many Fourth Amendment questions unanswered.


Summer Order Lists
Supreme Court of the United States, July 2, 2018

For your planning purposes, summer order lists are scheduled to be issued on July 16, August 6, and August 24, 2018. Summer order lists usually consist of actions taken by the Court on motions in pending cases, petitions for rehearing, and other miscellaneous matters. Emergency orders, such as in applications for stays, will continue to be released as required.


Opinion analysis: Florida wins another chance, and the case goes back to the drawing board
SCOTUSblog, June 27, 2018

On the last possible decision day, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Florida v. Georgia written by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg and Sotomayor. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Alito, Kagan and Gorsuch. In a win for Florida, which is seeking…


He Sold Drugs for $225. Indiana Took His $42,000 Land Rover.
The New York Times, June 25, 2018

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Constitution has anything to say about civil forfeiture laws that let states take property used in crimes.