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Arizona Governor Countersues Federal Government

PHOENIX - (AP) Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona's border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. The lawsuit claims the federal government...

Family Of Slain Oklahoma Couple Sue Arizona Officials

OKLAHOMA CITY — (AP) The family of an Oklahoma couple who authorities say was killed by two escaped prisoners from Arizona and an accomplice filed a lawsuit Thursday that accuses the prison where the inmates were held of being so negligently operated that it placed the public in danger. The lawsuit...

Supreme Court OKs Arizona's Tax Break For Private Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A Supreme Court divided along ideological lines said Monday that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge government programs that use tax breaks to direct money to religious activities. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of an Arizona scholarship program for private schools that has mainly...

Court Won't Lift Stay On Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down....

NLRB Will Sue Arizona, South Dakota Over Union Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The National Labor Relations Board says it will move ahead with lawsuits seeking to invalidate state constitutional amendments in Arizona and South Dakota that require workers to hold secret ballot elections before a company can be unionized. The move comes after months of negotiations...

Judge: 2 Hispanics Illegally Stopped In Arizona Raid

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during one of the workplace raids the Phoenix area's controversial sheriff uses to enforce immigration laws. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies stopped Julian and Julio Mora's...

Utah Sued By Groups Over Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Two national organizations are suing Utah to halt a new immigration law they claim encourages racial profiling. The National Immigration Law Center says an enforcement measure signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March is just as unconstitutional as a similar Arizona law that courts have...

Federal Judge Blocks Utah Immigration Law

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Utah immigration law that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest, citing its similarities to the most controversial parts of an Arizona law that seems bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge...

State Immigration Laws May Never Be Constitutional

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) Utah legislators passed an immigration law that they were confident wouldn't end up the same way Arizona's version did last year: tangled up in the courts. But 14 hours after Utah's law went into effect this week, it, too, was before a federal judge. As the case goes...

Settlement Ends Arizona Sweat Lodge Lawsuit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - (AP) The owners of an Arizona retreat where a self-help author's sweat lodge ceremony turned deadly have settled a lawsuit with the victims' families and seven participants. A judge still must approve the confidential agreement reached last week, but that's considered a...

Split U.S. High Court Upholds Arizona's Alien Employment Statute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An Arizona statute that imposes sanctions on employers who hire unauthorized aliens is not preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 26 ( Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. v. Michael...

Supreme Court Sustains Arizona Employer Sanctions Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law Thursday that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. By a 5-3 vote, the court said that federal immigration law gives states the...

A Summary Of The Supreme Court's Ruling On The Legal Arizona Workers Act

Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting , 563 U.S. ___ (May 26, 2011): The Legal Arizona Workers Act, requiring all Arizona employers to use E-Verify and suspending or revoking the business licenses of employers who knowingly or intentionally hire unauthorized aliens, is valid under the Immigration...

Arizona Sues Justice Department Over Medical Marijuana

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona officials are taking the state's own medical marijuana law to court. Attorney General Tom Horne late Friday sued the U.S. Justice Department and other defendants on behalf of the state and Gov. Jan Brewer. The suit asks a federal judge to rule on whether strict compliance with...

Would-Be Pot Shops Sue Arizona For Right To Open

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to force the agency that regulates the state's medical marijuana program to accept applications to operate from would-be pot shops. The Arizona Department of Health Services was supposed to begin accepting the applications June 1, but...

Supreme Court Limits State Rules On Campaign Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives to how much privately funded rivals spend. The 5-4 ruling was the latest in a series of decisions...

Border Gun Shop Owners Sue Over New Requirement

PHOENIX - (AP) Gun store owners in states along the U.S.-Mexico border sued the acting director of the federal agency that oversees firearms to halt a new requirement that they alert authorities if someone buys multiple high-powered rifles in a five-day span. The requirement, which goes into effect....

Navajo Nation Settles Coal Mining Royalty Lawsuit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - (AP) The Navajo Nation has settled its allegations that a coal mining company conspired with others to cheat the tribe out of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties. The tribe and Peabody Energy announced a settlement Thursday that stemmed from a 1999 lawsuit the tribe filed...

Arizona Gov. Brewer Asks Supreme Court To Hear Immigration Law Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state's immigration enforcement law. The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court's decision that, among other things...

Arizona Court Clears Way For Abortion Restrictions

PHOENIX - (AP) An Arizona appeals court ruled Thursday to allow key parts of a state law restricting abortions to take effect, including one that requires women to see a doctor in person the day before getting an abortion to hear about risks and alternatives. The provisions have been on hold. . . . Full...

Drug Maker To Pay $4.5 Million To Settle Claims In Securities Class Action Lawsuit

PHOENIX - (Mealey's) Matrixx Initiatives Inc. will pay $4.5 million to settle claims with shareholders that it violated federal securities law by concealing side effects of a cold medication it developed and marketed, according to documents filed July 27 in Arizona federal court ( James V. Siracusano...

Miners Seek Final Judgment on Withdrawal Law

DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members, which had argued that a federal law used to lock-up a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona is unconstitutional, on June 12 sought final judgment from an Arizona federal district court...

Supreme Court Strikes Arizona Voting Law But Opens Door

DENVER - A western, public-interest legal foundation on June 17 responded to the 7-2 ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States upholding a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc , that struck down an Arizona voter-approved ballot initiative requiring proof of...

9th Circuit Strikes Down Arizona’s Proposition 100, A Constitutional Amendment Denying Bail To Undocumented Immigrants

Arizona’s Proposition 100, which mandates that bail be denied for serious felony offenses as prescribed by the state legislature, if the person charged has entered or remained in the United States without documentation, was struck down on October 15, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals...

Arizona Jury Awards $2.5 Million To Estate Of Nursing Home Resident (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening, Closing Statements)

PHOENIX — (Mealey’s) An Arizona state court jury on May 22 awarded $2.5 million to the estate of a woman who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) after developing a bedsore while in a nursing home ( The Estate of Doris L. Cote, et al. v. Five Star Quality Care Inc...