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Court: First Amendment trumps anti-discrimination ordinance

Posted by   /  September 16, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Breanna Koski, co-owner of Brush & Nib Studio, at news conference following oral arguments at Arizona Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2019. /Image courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times The Arizona Supreme Court says Phoenix cannot force owners of a business to create wedding invitations for same-sex couples. This […]

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Arizona Supreme Court to rule on discrimination case Monday

Posted by   /  September 15, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Breanna Koski, left, and Joanna Duka of Brush & Nib Studio are challenging a Phoenix ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. They do not want to prepare custom wedding invitations and other products for same-sex nuptials. /Photo courtesy Alliance Defending Freedom By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times […]

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AG wants law change to permit him to hold regents accountable

Posted by   /  September 13, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a 1960 ruling that limits the power of the attorney general. /Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr By Ben Giles| | Arizona Capitol Times Mark Brnovich wants the Arizona Supreme Court to let him be the kind of attorney general he wants to be. A 59-year-old […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Utah Supreme Court rules partisan elections for State School Board constitutional

Posted by   /  September 13, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

2018: Supreme Court justices Thomas R. Lee, Constandinos Himonas, John A. Pearce and Paige Petersen, from left../Francisco Kjolseth /The Salt Lake Tribune By Taylor Stevens | The Salt Lake Tribune Elections for the Utah Board of Education can be partisan, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court’s decision and reinstating a 2016 […]

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Ninth Circuit strikes down Montana ban on political robocalls

Posted by   /  September 11, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS PHILPOT By Karina Brown | Court News Montana can’t outlaw political robocalls, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday, finding the state’s law violates the First Amendment, hamstrings underdog candidates and fails to protect recipients from financial scams. In past decisions, the Ninth Circuit has upheld laws restricting automated phone calls based on consumer protections […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] PG&E offers $16.9 billion for wildfire claims. Will that get utility out of bankruptcy?

Posted by   /  September 10, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

 PG&E is about to go bankrupt. Will the troubled utility keep the lights on as it finds a resolution of the billions of dollars it faces in potential liabilities from the Camp Fire and the wine country wildfires./ BY DAVID CARACCIO | HECTOR AMEZCUA By Dale Kasler | The Sacramento Bee PG&E Corp. put $16.9 […]

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Arizona Supreme Court rules online travel brokers must pay city sales taxes

Posted by   /  September 10, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

In a split decision, the justices concluded that these companies effectively are engaged in the business of operating a hotel. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  via Arizona Daily Star Online travel companies such as Orbitz, Travelocity and Priceline have to pay city sales taxes on the portion of the reservation dollars that they keep, […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] The Utah Supreme Court rule loosens certain restrictions to allow nonlawyers to own and invest in law firms

Posted by   /  September 8, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Shutterstock By Christina Giardinelli | Desert News The Utah Supreme Court agreed to begin reforming the state’s legal service regulations in a recent ruling to loosen certain restrictions and allow nonlawyers to own and invest in law firms. The changes, recommended by a joint Supreme Court and Utah Bar Association work group in a 71-page […]

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Montgomery to lose political clout stepping up to high court

Posted by   /  September 8, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

 Bill Montgomery walks past reporters in the basement of the Executive Tower after a private swearing in as a supreme court justice. / Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times Bill Montgomery’s power and influence as an Arizona Supreme Court justice will depend on whether he abides by […]

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Cato Institute urges U.S. Supreme Court to take Arizona rental car case

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Sports, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by formulanone /Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror An Arizona company wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a tax on rental cars that it says unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state renters, and it’s getting some help from a powerhouse libertarian think tank. Saban Rent-A-Car challenged a rental car surcharge in Maricopa […]

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