Court News: Trump’s birth control rules, acting Attorney General Whitaker, troops’ burn-pit illnesses

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Here are the top stories from the U.S. judicial system for this Monday morning:

From:  Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

OAKLAND, Calif. — A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Judge Haywood Gilliam on Sunday granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.

From:  Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal in…

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