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Category Archives: Constitutional Law

Obergefell Uncertainty re: Same Sex Spousal Benefits

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On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court removed a cloud of uncertainty for same-sex couples when it ruled, in the landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, that the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment require all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to marry and to recognize …

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WTF? NLRB’s OK with “Cut the Crap?” – Protected Speech Under the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has yet again undercut employers’ efforts to limit profane and vulgar language by workers finding vulgar buttons and stickers to be protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In Pacific Bell Telephone Company and Nevada Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T and Communication Workers of America, Case # …

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Supreme Court to Maryland City: Drop Dead – State Income Tax Violates Dormant Commerce Clause


On October 30, 1975, The Daily News published one of the most famous headlines in American history – Ford to City: Drop Dead – to paraphrase President Ford’s refusal to extend federal financial assistance to New York City to prevent the City from declaring bankruptcy.  Nearly 40 years later, a different branch of the federal …

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U.S. Supreme Court’s Wynne Decision Calls New York’s Statutory Resident Scheme into Question


On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision inComptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne. In short, the Court, in a five-to-four decision written by Justice Alito, handed the taxpayer a victory by holding that the county income tax portion of Maryland’s personal income tax scheme violated the dormant U.S. Constitution’s Commerce …

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Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado’s Amendment 64: Legalized Marijuana

In 2012, Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana with Amendment 64.  While this has made Pizza Franchisors happy and sent snack sales through the roof, it has also created controversy and unintended consequences.  The entire country has watched Colorado sort through these issues, curious to see how things will land, how much …

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