separation of powers

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The non-delegation doctrine is a principle in administrative law that Congress cannot delegate its legislative powers to other entities. This prohibition typically involves Congress delegating its powers to administrative agencies or to...

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In 2005, the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved an application by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (the “Gun Lake Tribe”) for a tract of land called the Bradley Property, located in Wayland Township, Michigan, to be put into...

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Jake LaMotta, a retired professional boxer, and his long-time friend Frank Petrella collaborated on a book and two screenplays about LaMotta’s life and boxing career. See Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 695 F.3d 946, 949 (9th Cir. 2012)....

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In March 1999, Respondent Wykenna Watson obtained a temporary protection order in the Family Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia against Petitioner John Robertson. In re Robertson, 940 A.2d 1050, 1052 (D.C. 2008). Watson alleged...

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In response to the financial system’s failures that led to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”). See Brief for Court-Appointed Amicus Curiae, in Support of Judgment...

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Separation of powers is a doctrine of constitutional law under which the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) are kept separate. This is also known as the system of checks and balances, because each branch is...

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Gary and Venida Thacker sued the Tennessee Valley Authority (“TVA”) because of an accident that the Thackers allege was caused by the TVA’s negligence. Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority at 2. On July 30, 2013, Gary Thacker and his friend, Anthony...

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On May 16, 2018, the Acting Director of the Office of Government Ethics alerted the Deputy Attorney General to a discrepancy in one of the financial disclosure reports President Trump filed according to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Trump v....

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In 2006, Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”), which is codified at 18 U.S.C. § 2250 (“Section 2250”). Congress intended this act to serve as a comprehensive national database, tracking the address of sex...

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The United States Navy uses mid-frequency active ("MFA") sonar to detect submerged submarines. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. Winter, 518 F.3d 658, 664 (9th Cir. 2008) (hereinafter NRDC). To discover such submarines, a Navy vessel emits a...

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