State Net Capitol Journal: California Lead Paint Ruling May Spur More Lawsuits

Over the last 25 years, public agencies across the country have failed at least 50 times to convince courts that paint manufacturers should have to foot the bill for removing lead-based paint from homes built before the federal government banned that product in 1987. But they finally succeeded last week...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Spending More Time At Supreme Court

Over the past half-century states have increasingly been involved in the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court. States filed briefs in only 4 percent of the cases before the high court between 1946 and 1955, but that rate jumped to 30 percent by the 1990s and has only continued to rise since then, according...

State Net Capitol Journal: U.S. High Court Refuses To Hear Gun Control Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court disappointed gun-rights advocates last month by refusing to hear three lower court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state gun-control laws. Petitioners, which included the National Rifle Association, were seeking to overturn laws they contend are in conflict with the...