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9th Circuit upholds 'landmark' ruling blocking Rosemont copper mine

In a win for environmental groups and three Native American tribes,, a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that halted the long-controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

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Court refuses to order Arizona's Medicaid to pay for transgender teen’s surgery

A federal appeals court has refused to order Arizona’s Medicaid program to pay for the sex reassignment surgery of a transgender teen who claimed the state’s failure to do so amounted to sex discrimination. ... Read more»

CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Uranium mine near Grand Canyon permitted by court, despite mining ban

A federal court rejected claims by tribal and environmental groups and ruled Tuesday that the Pinyon Plain uranium mine near the Grand Canyon can operate, even though it sits on 1 million acres that the federal government has declared off-limits to new mining. ... Read more»

Court: Navajo man guilty of assault can’t be convicted of kidnapping, too

A federal appeals court ruled that a Navajo man who held his girlfriend while he assaulted her cannot also be convicted of kidnapping, saying such an expansion of kidnapping would lead to a “steroidal version” of assault laws. ... Read more»

Antitrust suit can proceed against SRP over charges to solar customers

A federal appeals court said Monday that SRP customers - about 1 million in Arizona - who also have solar panels at their homes can pursue an antitrust claim against the utility for a policy of charging them more than other customers. ... Read more»

Court: University of Arizona not liable for off-campus assault by former player

The University of Arizona cannot be held liable under Title IX for a football player’s off-campus assault of his girlfriend, even though the university exercises “substantial control” over its student athletes, a federal court said Tuesday. ... Read more»

Court says Arizona inmate can sue over confiscation of music, religious texts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that an Arizona inmate’s lawsuit can proceed against corrections officials who confiscated his hip-hop CDs and Nation of Islam books as banned materials. ... Read more»

Arizona asks Supreme Court for leave to enforce ban on selective abortions

The emergency stay application is headed to Washington after the Ninth Circuit turned Arizona down. ... Read more»

Court reinstates Election Day deadline to correct unsigned ballots in Arizona

Arizona can throw out mail-in ballots that haven’t been signed by Election Day, following a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel’s reversal of a 2020 permanent injunction requested by the state's Democratic Party. ... Read more»1

Court: Higher water charge for Maricopa public housing not discriminatory

A federal appeals court said Friday that the Maricopa Domestic Water Improvement District can charge more in upfront fees to public housing residents, even though the policy disproportionately affects minority customers and single mothers. ... Read more»

Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man who burned ex-roommate to death

An appeals court Thursday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s argument that his sentence was unconstitutional because his crime, burning a former roommate to death, was committed in a brief window when the state was revising its death penalty law. ... Read more»

9th Circuit ends court oversight of COVID policies at ICE detention facilities

Calling a nationwide injunction on ICE’s COVID-19 response “sweeping” and unwarranted, a divided Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday ended requirements for ICE to adopt policies to protect vulnerable immigrants from COVID-19 at 250 U.S. detention centers. ... Read more»

Enviros' lawsuit over Trump's border wall funding moves headed toward settlement

A lawsuit alleging that the Trump administration unlawfully siphoned $3.6 billion in construction funds from the Defense Department to fund border wall projects along the U.S.-Mexico border is heading toward a settlement following an order from the U.S. Supreme Court. ... Read more»

Biden resumes spree of nominations to break barriers on the bench

Announcing nine appointments to the federal bench, the White House touted President Joe Biden on Wednesday for continuing a judicial-nominating commitment that recognizes diverse professional and racial backgrounds. ... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects bid to make feds rethink stance on marijuana

The 9th Circuit on Monday refused to make the federal government reconsider its position that cannabis is a dangerous drug - though one member wrote that while this case was not ripe for review, the government may soon be forced to reconsider its stance. ... Read more»

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