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Alaska Sues Feds Over Predator Control

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) The state of Alaska sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday, seeking a court order allowing it to go ahead with a controversial predator control program. At issue is the state's plan to kill wolves to preserve a caribou herd inside the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife...

Judge Halts Oil, Gas Development On Chukchi Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights. The lease sale in February...

Judge: Lawsuit Over Health Overhaul Can Go To Trial

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District...

Judge Denies Injunction In Alaska Election Lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A federal court judge has denied a request by Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller to immediately stop the state Division of Elections from counting write-in ballots. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline said Wednesday in his written decision that Miller has demonstrated...

Miller Files Vote-Count Lawsuit In State Court

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Alaska's bitterly contested Senate election went to state court Monday when Republican Joe Miller sued the state over the way write-in ballots for his GOP rival have been counted. Miller is trying to stop the state from using discretion in determining voter intent on write...

Judge: Alaska Homeless Camp Raids Unconstitutional

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Anchorage's policy for raiding homeless camps is unconstitutional, an Alaska judge has ruled. Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner issued his ruling late Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. The ACLU argued homeless people have the same...

Alaska Native Groups To Sue Over Polar Bear Plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A coalition of Alaska Native groups put the federal government on notice Monday that they intend to sue over a recovery plan for polar bears faced with diminishing sea ice and climate change. The groups contend that the Department of Interior ignored their concerns when the agency...

Florida Judge Finds Individual Mandate In Health Care Act Unconstitutional

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- (Mealey's) A Florida federal judge on Jan. 31 struck down as unconstitutional the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and, finding that the provision is not severable, held that the entire act must be declared void ( State of Florida...

Lawyer Files Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts In Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A lawyer who won a $19 million jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America in Oregon is representing a man who claims he was molested as a youth by a Boy Scout leader in Alaska. Attorney Kelly Clark told the Anchorage Daily News in a story published Thursday. . . . Full version...

Lawsuits Filed Against Jesuits In Oregon Bankruptcy Court

PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) Attorneys representing a group of people who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests have filed 37 lawsuits in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland, seeking about $3.1 million. The Oregonian reports that the lawsuits f iled late Thursday contend that the order's Oregon Province paid...

Oil Trade Group Sues Over Polar Bear Critical Habitat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) An Alaska petroleum industry trade group has sued the federal government over its designation of 187,157 square miles as polar bear critical habitat, claiming it covers too much territory and could cost tens of millions or more in economic effects. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association...

Exxon Mobil Wins Ruling In Alaska Oil Spill Case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Exxon Mobil Corp. has won a round in a dispute with environmentalists who want more money to clean up oil left on the shoreline of Prince William Sound from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Monday against a request. . . . Full version...

Utah Suing Federal Government Over Wilderness Plan

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) The state of Utah filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government over an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called the plan a "midnight ambush." He...

Activist Sues Sarah Palin For $100,000 Over Traffic

JUNEAU, Alaska - (AP) An activist is suing Sarah Palin for at least $100,000, claiming she undertook a campaign to "punish, embarrass, discredit and silence" him while she was Alaska's governor. The lawsuit was filed in state court by Chip Thoma and first reported by TMZ.com. Palin's...

BP Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per barrel civil penalty assessed...

Native Groups Sue Over Polar Bear Critical Habitat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Alaska Native groups challenged the federal government's designation of critical habitat for threatened polar bears on the state's oil-rich North Slope in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp., North Slope Borough, Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope...

Former Resident Sues To Claim Alaska Moon Rocks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) The mystery of Alaska's missing moon rocks has been solved. Getting them back to a state museum likely will depend on a judge. Alaska officials are contesting a lawsuit filed by a former resident who claims he rescued the moon rocks from a garbage heap 38 years ago. Coleman...

Alaska Sued In Transgender Driver's License Case

JUNEAU, Alaska - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Alaska on behalf of a transgender woman, alleging that it denied her a driver's license listing her gender as female unless she provided proof that she'd undergone a sex change operation. The lawsuit, which ACLU said...

Palin Asks For Alaska's Legal Help In Lawsuit

JUNEAU, Alaska - (AP) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is receiving legal help from the state in a civil lawsuit . Assistant Attorney General Dale House said Palin asked the state to help defend her against the lawsuit by activist Chip Thoma. The claims made against Palin date to when she was governor...

Virginia Supreme Court Reaffirms Ruling In Global-Warming Coverage Dispute

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) An underlying complaint alleges that damages were the "natural and probable consequence" of an insured's intentional actions, the Virginia Supreme Court said April 20, upholding its finding that a commercial general liability insurer has no duty to defend...