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For the first time ever, a state has agreed to pay for a transgender inmate's sex reassignment operation. As part of a legal settlement, California will pay for the surgery for Shiloh Quine, a transgender woman who is serving a life sentence.

The settlement with Quine follows a ruling from a federal judge that required the state to pay for the surgery for another inmate, Michelle Norsworthy. Instead, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Norsworthy would be paroled.

For years, New York has tried to clamp down on the city's sex shops. But the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court ruled this week that adult video stores, bookshops, and even topless dancing clubs are all protected by the First Amendment.

Does freedom of speech = freedom of sex?

The California Supreme Court ruled that couples must be living apart before they can be considered legally separated.

Whether going through a divorce or choosing a legal separation instead of a divorce, the new definition can have a huge impact on each spouse's property and finances. The court attempted to simplify matters by creating a bright-line rule based on the establishment of individual residences as creating a legal separation.

Just a few days before the one year anniversary of his death, Eric Garner's family reached a settlement in its wrongful-death claim against New York City.

Last year, on July 17, 2014, police attempted to arrest Eric Garner for selling untaxed cigarettes. According to the police, Garner resisted arrest, so one officer used a chokehold, which is prohibited by the Police Department's policies. By the end of the short struggle, Garners' cries of "I can't breathe" subsided, and he died.

Not long after, Garner's family filed a wrongful death claim against the city.

Don't you just hate it when the cable company keeps calling you and won't let up? Well, don't just take it sitting down -- sue them!

Araceli King, of Irving, Texas, won a big victory over the Time Warner Cable Inc. last week in her lawsuit against the company over annoying and harassing robocalls.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder claims, "I will never change the name." Well, he may want to consider doing it now.

A federal judge ruled against the team today when he ordered that the Redskins' trademark registrations be canceled.

If you haven't heard about the Supreme Court's ruling regarding same-sex marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, you've probably been living under a rock or have never used Facebook before.

FYI: The Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right and same-sex couples must be allowed to marry. While you may have heard all about the decision by now, here is a more in-depth look into the case, the ruling, and the dissents.

Time after time, Obamacare has withstood challenges before the Supreme Court.

This time, opponents of the law tried to use four words in the 2,700 page bill to bring the law down. Yesterday, they failed.

You work all year to grow grapes and make raisins. Then, the government says you have to give them some of those raisins for free! Are you happy about that?

Well, the government can no longer exploit raisin growers for free sweet snacks after the Supreme Court sided with raisin farmers in the case of Horne v. Department of Agriculture.

The Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a controversial abortion restriction after a lower court struck down the law.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that North Carolina's mandate that doctors take ultrasounds and describe the image to women prior to abortions was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court decided not to review that ruling, and did not comment on their decision.