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COVID-19 and the Free Exercise of Religion

By Schonauer Law on Apr 20, 2020 at 11:40 AM in Law News

In response to COVID-19, California and many other states have issued state-wide orders for all residents to stay at home and/or place restrictions on gatherings.  Some cities and counties have issued strict policies prohibiting public gatherings outside of the home, or "shelter in place" policies, enforceable under the Health and Safety Code.


On this date 232 years ago today

By Schonauer Law on Sep 17, 2019 at 03:17 PM in Law News

On this date 232 years ago today, the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. 


U.S. District Judge Finds the Government in Civil Contempt

By Schonauer Law on Aug 23, 2019 at 02:08 PM in Law News

Last week, a federal judge held the Kansas U.S. Attorney’s Office in contempt of court for failing to cooperate with a special master’s investigation at Leavenworth Detention Center.


Grandparent Visitation

By Schonauer Law on Jul 31, 2019 at 08:20 AM in Law News

In California, a court of appeal has opined that any restriction on a grandparent’s visitation by a parent of a grandchild must be meaningful.  Although great weight is given to the wishes of parents those decisions are not outside of judicial review.


Arbitrary and Capricious – the President Must Act Rationally

By Schonauer Law on Jul 11, 2019 at 05:45 PM in Law News

“And unlike a typical case [...] here the VRA enforcement rationale […] seems to have been contrived.” Chief Justice Roberts, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. NEW YORK, ET AL.


President Trump Cannot Block Twitter Users

By Schonauer Law on Jul 09, 2019 at 08:00 PM in Law News

Today, July 9, 2019, a Federal Appeals court agreed with the lower court that ruled that President Trump could not block certain users of Twitter because he disagrees with their speech.  


President's Initiative on Prescription Drug Costs Blocked by Federal Judge

By Schonauer Law on Jul 09, 2019 at 04:23 PM in Law News

On Monday, July 9, 2019, a federal judge blocked a White House initiative on prescription drug costs. 


Chalking Tires Requires a Warrant

By Schonauer Law on Apr 23, 2019 at 07:09 PM in Law News

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that chalking tires requires a warrant.


Federal judge bars enforcement of plan to ban transgender people in the military POSTED OCTOBER 30, 2017, 12:30 PM CDT

By Schonauer Law on Oct 31, 2017 at 02:26 PM in Law News

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction that bans the Trump administration from implementing plans to ban transgender people in the military.


Scope of Travel Ban Challenged

By Schonauer Law on Jul 08, 2017 at 01:56 PM in Law News

Scope of Travel Ban Challenged

On June 29, 2017, the Attorney General of Hawaii, Douglas S. Chin, asked for clarification regarding scope of President Trump's Travel Ban arguing the administration's limited definition of close familial relationship may be in violation of the Supreme Court's injunction. US District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson denied the request because Plaintiffs seek clarification of an injunction authored by the Supreme Court and therefore clarification should be sought there. Yesterday, Friday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also refused to expand those exempt from President Trump’s travel ban, suggesting the order was procedural defective because the Supreme Court is the proper court to file a request for clarification.