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Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge; State Files Appeal

A federal judge has blocked a key portion of Texas' new abortion law, striking the provision requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

According to The New York Times, Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin declared Monday that the Texas abortion law lacked "rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion" prior to a viable fetus.

What does this decision mean for abortion providers and women in Texas?

Minn. Supreme Court Finds No Coercion in Implied Consent DWI Law

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the state's implied consent law, which means it's still against the law for suspected drunken drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test.

A Minnesota driver, Wesley Brooks, had argued that he was effectively "coerced" into providing blood and urine samples, because refusing to do so is a crime under Minnesota's implied consent law.

But the state's highest court rejected the argument, ruling the consent was valid.

JPMorgan's $13B Settlement: What Will Consumers Get?

The Justice Department and JPMorgan have reached a possible $13 billion settlement over civil charges that the bank sold bad mortgage loans to investors prior to the mortgage crisis.

According to Reuters, this record-setting deal won't release JPMorgan from criminal liability from some mortgages that were packaged into bonds and sold to investors. But it will go a long way toward reducing the financial institution's troubles with the federal government.

That's all well and good for JPMorgan, but what does this mean for consumers?

Key Part of Ariz.'s SB 1070 Too Vague, Voided by 9th Circuit

A portion of Arizona's controversial anti illegal-immigrant law has been blocked and held as void by the 9th Circuit, finding that the language of the law was too vague to enforce.

The federal appellate court upheld a lower court's injunction stopping the enforcement of part of Arizona's SB 1070, which made it a criminal offense to "harbor or transport" illegal immigrants.

What part of this Arizona law was too vague to enforce?

Girl in Foster Care Not 'Mature' Enough to Get Abortion: Court

The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected the abortion request of a 16-year-old girl in foster care, ruling the girl was not mature enough to make the decision herself.

The case highlights some of the major concerns surrounding Nebraska's abortion consent laws.

NYC Unpaid Interns Can't Sue for Sexual Harassment: Judge

A federal judge has ruled that unpaid interns in New York City have no right to sue over sexual harassment because they are not employees.

According to the New York Daily News, this recent ruling came as a crushing blow to 26-year-old Lihuan Wang, who alleged that her boss at Phoenix Satellite Television had "grabbed her butt and tried to kiss her" during her 2010 stint as an unpaid intern.

Where do federal and city laws leave unpaid interns like Wang?

U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Term: 5 Crucial Cases to Watch

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Term is now underway, with the first oral arguments being heard today.

This term, Justices are set to consider dozens of important cases, some of which could potentially have a monumental impact on American life and law.

Here are five crucial cases to watch as Supreme Court oral arguments begin:

NYC Tenants' Settlement Upheld in Alleged Landlord Fraud Case

A NYC tenant settlement affecting more than 20,000 rent-regulated tenants has been upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On Monday, the federal appeals court ruled that a 2011 settlement of a tenants' class-action lawsuit was indeed reasonable and fair, The New York Times reports.

This ruling has paved the way for these tenants to seek individual compensation from their landlord over rent overcharges and any other complaints.

But why did the settlement come into question in the first place?

Top 5 Obamacare Court Rulings

Obamacare is the law of the land, and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 affirmed its constitutionality. But the High Court isn't the only court where the new health care law has been (and is being) challenged.

Obamacare has been in the federal courts ever since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. How have these cases turned out?

Here's a look back at the Top 5 court battles involving Obamacare: