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Constitutional Law

Apr 5, 2023

Constitutional Law: Second Amendment-Alien Firearm Possession-Sentencing

U.S. v. Sitladeen (MLW No. 79695/Case No. 22-1010 – 18 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Gruender, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, J.

Apr 5, 2023

Constitutional Law: Insulin Affordability Act-Takings Clause-Standing

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v. Williams (MLW No. 79678/Case No. 21-1731 – 28 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Smith, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, J.

Mar 29, 2023

Constitutional Law: Firearm Rights-Convictions in Multiple States-Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

Smith v. U.S. (MLW No. 79630/Case No. 22-1053 – 5 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Loken, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Tostrud, J. (Lynne A. Torgerson, of Minneapolis, MN for appellant) (Michael Raab, of Washington, D.C.; Mark B. Stern, of Washington, D.C.; Abby Wright, of Washington, D.C.; and Kyle T. Edwards, of Washington, D.C. for appellee)

Apr 27, 2020

Constitutional Law: Certificate of Need Laws-Due Process

Where health care providers and their patients sued the Iowa Department of Public Health claiming that the state’s certificate of need laws were unconstitutional, the district court did not err in dismissing the Privileges and Immunities Clause claim for failure to state a claim, and summary judgment was proper for the state defendants on the […]

Apr 10, 2020

Constitutional Law: Lethal Injection Protocol-Seizure Disorder

Where a Missouri prisoner under a death sentence challenged the constitutionality of the state’s method of execution as applied to him, the district court’s granting of the state’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim is affirmed based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bucklew v. Precythe. Judgment is affirmed. Johnson v. […]

Apr 6, 2020

Constitutional Law: Picketing-Labor Negotiations-Severance

Where dispatchers claimed statutory prohibitions against picketing violated constitutional rights to equal protection, free speech, peaceable assembly and collective bargaining under the Missouri Constitution, and the trial court declared Section 105.585(2) unconstitutional and enjoined the defendants from applying the prohibition against picketing in negotiating any collective bargaining agreemen[...]

Apr 6, 2020

Constitutional Law: Dormant Commerce Clause-Undue Burden-Right of First Refusal Provision

Where a transmission company challenged a state’s right of first refusal provision as a violation of the dormant commerce clause, the law was not facially discriminatory and had neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect, and the burden imposed by law was not clearly excessive in relation to the state’s legitimate interest in regulating its electric […]

Feb 3, 2020

Elections: Election Donations-Blackout Period-First Amendment

Where appellant, who wished to donate to candidates running for state office in Arkansas, claimed that a blackout period prohibiting donations until two years before election day violated her First Amendment rights, the appellant demonstrated standing to bring the action, and the district court properly found that the appellant was likely to succeed on the […]

Jan 10, 2020

Constitutional Law: Free Speech-Liquor Control Laws-Prohibition on Retail Advertising

The state of Missouri appealed from the judgment of the district court, which ruled that provisions of the state’s liquor control law that prohibited alcohol producers and distributors from retail advertising were unconstitutional as violative of their First Amendment free-speech rights. Missouri argued that the statute did not implicate the First Amendment, and even if […]

Dec 20, 2019

Constitutional Law: Inverse Condemnation-Land-Use Regulations-Religious Exercise

Where a Catholic high school challenged city zoning regulations that prohibit the school from using lighting and sound systems on its baseball field, the district court properly granted summary judgment to the city defendant on the school’s claim brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act because the school did not show that […]

Dec 20, 2019

Constitutional Law: Bivens Claim-Failure to Exhaust

Where a former federal inmate challenged an adverse summary judgment in his actions raising Bivens claims, the dismissal of the claims for failure to exhaust administrative remedies was mandatory based on undisputed evidence that the inmate did not properly exhaust his remedies before filing. Judgment is affirmed. Brown v. Cooper (MLW No. 74297/Case No. 19-1387 […]

Dec 5, 2019

Elections: Election Validity-Subject-Matter Jurisdiction

Where a voter challenged an election that authorized the imposition of a sales tax, and the trial court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the voter’s petition for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction,  the court erred in dismissing for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction because the trial court has subject-matter jurisdiction over all civil cases, and the […]

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