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Judge Orders $6B in Damages for 9/11 Plaintiffs

A federal magistrate judge has determined that Iran, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and the Taliban should pay the families of 9/11 victims over six billion dollars in damages for the injuries suffered during the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit received a default judgment against the defendants on December 22, 2011.  The damage award is largely symbolic, however, since it will be nearly impossible to recover any funds from the defendants.

Lance Armstrong Sues to Stop Doping Case

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has filed a lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency to block that organization's investigation into doping allegations against him.  Armstrong claims that the investigation threatens to violate his right to due process under the United States Constitution and common law.

House Leaders Appeal DOMA Case to Supreme Court

Leaders from the House of Representatives have filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The House leaders took the unusual step of mounting a legal defense of DOMA after the Justice Department announced that it would not defend DOMA against constitutional challenges.  The current petition asks the Court to hear an appeal of a 1st Circuit decision that struck down DOMA as unconstitutional.