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NYC Judge: Government Must Stop Blocking ACORN Money

NEW YORK – (AP) A federal judge who found it unconstitutional that Congress tried to cut funding to the activist group ACORN has rejected a government request to change her mind and has ordered government agencies to make it clear the funding isn't blocked. In a written ruling Wednesday...

Split U.S. High Court Orders Disclosure Of Referendum Petitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In general, disclosing referendum petitions does not violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24 ( John Doe #1, et al. v. Sam Reed, et al. , No. 09-559, U.S. Sup.). "Plaintiffs contend that disclosure is not...

U.S. High Court Finds Portion Of Sarbanes-Oxley Act Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The formation and oversight structure of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), an independent administrative agency created under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), violates the U.S. Constitution, a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June...

Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a...

Constitutional Challenge To Insurance Requirement Of Health Care Reform Act Dismissed

DETROIT - (Mealey's) A Michigan federal judge on Oct. 7 dismissed a constitutional challenge to the health insurance mandate/federal income tax penalty of the Health Care Reform Act, saying Congress has a right to try to eliminate cost-shifting by uninsured Americans ( Thomas More Law Center, et...

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

Judge Rules On Attorneys General Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Law; 2 Claims Remain

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (Mealey's) Two of six claims remain in a suit brought by attorneys general challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) after a Florida federal judge issued his ruling Oct. 14 on a motion to dismiss brought by the federal government ( State of Florida, et al...