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Same Sex Marriage and Divorce
Update It went down to the wire but New York passed a gay marriage law. This makes New York the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains to be seen if this is the tipping point for gay rights nationwide. Almost immediately afterward, seven gay couples announced they would sue the state of ... Read more

Washington DC Recognizes Same Sex Marriages
The District of Columbia now recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere under a new law that took effect July 7, 2009. The new law gives marital status to gay and lesbian couples who were legally married in other states and countries. Currently, same-sex marriages are permitted in six states - ... Read more

Same Sex Date Brings an End to Senior Prom
Update The Itawamba County School District in rural Mississippi agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Constance McMillen, a gay teen who wasn’t permitted to bring her girlfriend to the high school prom. The District cancelled ... Read more

Domestic Partnerships: What Protections Exist?
What are your options when you want to protect your partner but the law hasn't caught up yet? ... Read more

eHarmony Settles Same Sex Class Action Lawsuit
eHarmony.com settled a lawsuit claiming that it discriminated against gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual people. ... Read more

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It appears that your daughter is not in jail because of the theft charge but because her parole was violated.

This is potentially a civil rights violation, or even medical malpractice. The analysis can also change depending on if you or someone else appeared to be truly in danger. The different rights and obl ...Read more

In order to issue a garnishment, you would have been sued. In the trial of this lawsuit, you would have had the opportunity to tell the judge why you did not owe the debt. If you chose not t ...Read more

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Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation

Birmingham-based health care firm named in lawsuit over inmate death from alleged starvation from al.com http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/birmingham-based_company_named.html Simon W. J ... Read more

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit

City of Indianapolis settles wrongful imprisonment lawsuit from personalinjury.com http://www.personalinjury.com/news/city-indianapolis-settles-wrongful-imprisonment-lawsuit Simon W. Johnson swj@swjla ... Read more

PHILADELPHIA CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS: TRANSGENDER HIGH SCHOOL RESTROOMS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit handed down a favorable decision Tuesday for a Virginia teenager who has taken the fight against transgender discrimination in his high school to federal ... Read more

Court: Police Can’t Taser Subdued Arrestee

Police cannot continue to Taser subdued suspect; decision will impact law in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.  Learn more at Bryan & Terrill here.  

No Trespassing sign won’t keep police off your yard. Will a moat?

A new decision from the Tenth Circuit discusses the effectiveness of No Trespassing signs in keeping the police off your yard.    Learn more at Bryan & Terrill Law here. 

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