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Strict New Nebraska Abortion Law Faces Long Legal Road

LINCOLN, Neb. – (AP) It's been called a groundbreaking law, but a measure approved in Nebraska last week that changes the rationale for abortion bans probably won't go into effect anytime soon if ever. Instead, abortion opponents are hoping it will become the most important case on abortion...

Planned Parenthood Challenges Nebraska Abortion Law

LINCOLN Neb. - (AP) Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screening for women seeking abortion. The new law would require women wanting abortions to be screened by doctors or other health professionals to determine whether they...

Judge Blocks New Nebraska Abortion Screening Law

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new Nebraska law requiring mental health screenings for women seeking abortions until a lawsuit filed against it is decided. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction...

Bill Would Shield Cities, States Over Immigration Laws

OMAHA Neb. - (AP) U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns introduced a bill Thursday that would require the federal government to pay attorney and court costs if it loses a lawsuit filed against states or local governments over locally passed immigration laws. The Nebraska Republican's bill comes nine days after...

Nebraska Town May Halt Immigration Law To Save Money

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Faced with expensive legal challenges, officials in the eastern Nebraska town of Fremont are considering suspending a voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants until the lawsuits are resolved. The City Council narrowly rejected the ban in 2008, prompting...

Nebraska City Suspends Immigration Law, Goes To Court

FREMONT, Neb. - (AP) A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved. Groups challenging the ordinance are expected in court Wednesday, a day after...

Kansas Woman Drops Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Flag Law

PAPILLION, Neb. - (AP) A member of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church agreed Monday to drop federal lawsuits against Nebraska authorities in exchange for a prosecutor dismissing charges against her stemming from her 2007 protest outside a soldier's funeral. Shirley Phelps-Roper had been scheduled...

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...

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...

What Do Peter Pan And The NCAA Have In Common? A Primer On Student-Athlete Images, The NCAA And Video Games

In the story Peter Pan , Peter loses his shadow and is forced to chase it down in order to reattach it. A shadow isn't very substantive, but like any person, Peter wants his back because it is his shadow and his property. We take our shadows for granted - that we have them and they're ours and...

Chicago Cubs Owner Sued For Harassment Retaliation

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Two Nebraska women are suing founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade an owner of the Chicago Cubs, claiming he fired them from his Omaha-based charity after they accused its chief operating officer of sexual harassment. Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against...

Nebraska Lawyer Seeks Class Certification And Injunction

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Nebraska attorney on Oct. 12 filed additional pleadings in his lawsuit against the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under the Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments. Scott Lautenbaugh...