Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604
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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
P O Box 3038
Johnson City, TN 37604
Leitner Williams Dooley &...
414 Union Street, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219

DOJ Collects Nearly $25B in 2014

The Justice Department says it collected $24.7 billion in settlements and penalties in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, WRCB reports from the Associated Press. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the amount includes both criminal penalties and civil settlements and is more than three times the $8 billion collected in the previous year, fiscal 2013. The total includes proceeds that were actually recovered in fiscal year 2014, even if the cases that yielded the money had been legally settled in prior years. It also includes civil debts collected on behalf of other federal agencies.

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Supreme Court Allows Kansas Same-Sex Marriage to Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted a temporary stay and is allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas, the ABA Journal reports. The order vacates a stay issued Monday evening by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Kansas Supreme Court had stayed same-sex marriage in the state pending proceedings before the court, but a federal judge later ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses, a decision that was “a de facto circumvention” of the state litigation, the state argued in its emergency stay application. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay application, according to the order.

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