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The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (in case citations, 6th Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts:


Eastern District of Kentucky
Western District of Kentucky
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Michigan
Northern District of Ohio
Southern District of Ohio
Eastern District of Tennessee
Middle District of Tennessee
Western District of Tennessee



The court is composed of sixteen judges and is based at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is one of thirteen United States courts of appeals.


Elena Kagan is the circuit justice for the Sixth Circuit. William Howard Taft, the only person ever to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the United States, once served on the circuit. Four other judges of the Sixth Circuit have been elevated to serve on the Supreme Court.


Decisions issued by the Sixth Circuit were reversed by the United States Supreme Court 24 out of the 25 times they were reviewed in the five annual terms starting in October 2008 and ending in June 2013 — a higher frequency than any other federal appellate court during that time period.

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The 6th Circuit panel reversed Gulf's summary judgment win, finding there was a genuine issue of material fact regarding whether the inspectors were guaranteed pay that qualified as a minimum weekly salary. The court held that if the inspectors are to qualify as exempt employees under the FLSA, the ...
Lambda Legal Law and Policy Director Jenny Pizer called this latest ruling, in Stephens v. Harris Funeral, an extraordinarily significant decision. The liberal think tank ThinkProgress called it a massive victory. Others are less enthusiastic, but everyone supporting equal rights for LGBT people sees Stephens ...

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the EEOC and a transgender funeral home employee in Michigan in their suit claiming her termination was unlawful discrimination. The funeral home argued that enforcement of the nondiscrimination law against them violated their religious liberty ...
A nominee to the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is refusing to say whether he believes Roe v. Wade was correctly decided. John Nalbandian told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing that he didn't want to take a position on the case because the abortion ...
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit held today that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it fired a funeral director after she told her boss that she planned to transition from male to female. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, ...
On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Michigan funeral home had unlawfully discriminated against a transgender employee when it fired her after she informed her employer that she would be presenting as a woman, in accordance with her gender identity. The 6th Circuit's ...

A semi-retired lawyer who let others draft and sign his name to “one-size-fits-all” pleadings will serve a 90-day suspension, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held Mar. 1. Lawyers transitioning to retirement still need to comply with their ethical obligations. And a lawyer can't allow a filing to be ...
6th Circuit lifts WOTUS stay as fight over delay heats up. Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter. Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted its stay of the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule following last month's Supreme Court decision that district courts should review ...
On February 22, 2018, the U.S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined a union acted properly when it continued collecting union dues from members who did not follow protocol when seeking to revoke consent to their signed dues checkoff authorizations. Plaintiffs worked for a unionized grocery store in ...
Rethink Retiree Health Benefits, Supreme Court Tells 6th Circuit. FREE TRIAL. From Benefits & Executive Compensation News. Employee Benefits News examines legal developments that impact the employee benefits and executive compensation employers provide, including federal and state legislation, ...
As anticipated, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals took the formal action of vacating its temporary injunction which had enjoined the enforcement of the Obama-era rule which redefined Waters of the United States (WOTUS) nationwide since 2015. The Court's action was consistent with the United States ...
ANN ARBOR, MI - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Ann Arbor imposed "forced labor" on some residents by making them have sump pumps installed in their homes. In a nine-page order on Wednesday, Feb. 7, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy granted the city's motion to dismiss the ...
He called the temporary stay of construction order in the 6th Circuit Court of appeals a small win for the city, but knows it could be lifted soon. Voting for the settlement was Bob Young, Barbara Babbitt, Rocco Yeargin and Chris Humphrey. Yeargin stressed he wants to use the money and resources being ...
William “Bill” McKinnon, a prosecutor from Rock Hill, was elected Wednesday by South Carolina legislators as a resident circuit court judge for York and Union counties. Mckinnon, 45, who also has experience as a civil lawyer, defeated Lisa Collins of Rock Hill, a prosecutor with the 6th Circuit Solicitor's ...
The judges of the 6th Circuit should review the police reports that show Hill became a suspect after he went to the Warren Police Department saying he had information about the murder and asking about a $5,000 reward. They should also consider Hill's actions after the brutal murder, including the fact that ...
Dennis Watkins, Trumbull County prosecutor, said he will request the Ohio Attorney General's Office to appeal Friday's decision to a full panel of the judges of the 6th Circuit. “Respectfully, as prosecutor for Trumbull County and one of the trial prosecutors ... I strongly disagree with that part of the court's ...
A spokeswoman for Judicial Watch, a conservative group that pushes for transparency in government that represents Adams, said it would not comment on the case. The Justice Department, which represents the 6th Circuit's Judicial Council and Judicial Conference committee, did not respond to an email.

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—held that an employer's week-to-week, commission-only pay system was generally valid. However, it was illegal for the company's policy to state that employees had to repay ...
Bryant's federal court appeal for relief from his prison sentence of life without parole is pending during review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Should it be granted, the case would be referred back to state court. In a written statement issued from prison in March 2017, Howell described her ...
Republicans could refuse to seat judicial nominees who do not meet traditional standards, like John K. Bush, an anti-gay blogger who was named to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last July, and Leonard Grasz, a conversion-therapy enthusiast who, despite earning one of three unanimous “not qualified” ...
However, this could cause the rule to become applicable in most of the U.S., because the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will likely lift its nationwide stay on the rule. Only the stay issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota that covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, ...
The White House announced 12 new judicial nominees on Tuesday, including one appeals court pick, John Nalbandian, nominated for the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Nalbandian, a lawyer who works in Cincinnati, Ohio, but lives across the state line in Kentucky, has ties to Senate Majority ...
The 6th Circuit Court sent the case back to Marion County Common Pleas Court for Mason to be re-sentenced. Mason was on track to be re-sentenced in late 2016, but those proceedings were put on hold because of the appeal to have the death penalty piece of the case thrown out based on the U.S. ...
The Trump administration and other environmental groups fought to have the litigation remain in the 6th Circuit (Greenwire, Aug. 24, 2017). Before leaving office, the Obama administration had also pushed for appellate review of the rule. Justices heard an hour of oral arguments last November, where they ...
In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—held that an employer's week-to-week, commission-only pay system was generally valid. However, it was illegal for the company's policy to state that employees had to repay ...
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Lexington can enforce a 2017 ordinance that would require all unsolicited materials to be delivered to doorsteps or mailboxes. The Lexington Herald-Leader filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance in U.S. District Court, saying ...
6th Circuit Rules for Eaton Corp. in ESOP Suit. The appellate court agreed with a lower court that plaintiffs did not meet pleading standards set forth in the Supreme Court ruling in Fifth Third v. Dudenhoeffer. By Lee Barney. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision to dismiss ...
John K. Bush's opinion in Peffer v. Stephens will let the police ransack almost any suspect's home. By Mark Joseph Stern. Jan 18, 20186:29 PM. Tweet · Share · Comment. John K. Bush. Photo illustration by Slate. Screengrab from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP. Donald Trump has nominated a number of egregiously ...
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal Board of Immigration Appeals should not have rejected the motion to stop ... It is the second small victory for immigration advocates in the 6th Circuit in the past week after the court granted a temporary stay Friday for another ...
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the 6th Circuit's decision. Prosecutors wrote in a motion that Bryan has now exhausted all his appeals and attacks on his convictions and that "seventeen years is long enough." Bryan also is serving prison time for several sexual assault cases that ...
A new 6th Circuit case sheds some light on whether full-time employees of staffing companies are considered exempt from overtime. For a Limited Time receive a FREE Compensation Market Analysis Report! Find out how much you should be paying to attract and retain the best applicants and employees, ...
In an earlier challenge of the MSHA rule, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said it did not have jurisdiction over the case because the rule is not, strictly speaking, a health or safety standard. Challenges of MSHA health or safety standards would go directly to a federal circuit court, rather than district court, the ...
The 6th Circuit was hearing a case against Ohio's private Denison University, which expelled a male student after his female sex partner accused him of nonconsensual sex stemming from another male student spiking her alcoholic drink with a date rape drug at a party. Though the female had left the party ...
In November, we wrote about the substantial amount of dark money donated to the Judicial Crisis Network that was used by the organization to fight Merrick B. Garland's Supreme Court nomination and advocate for Neil Gorsuch.That donor has now been identified and we plan to briefly update that ...
Subsequent to Erickson's order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in a different but similar case issued a nationwide stay on the Obama rule on Oct. 9, 2015. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the question of whether the Court of Appeals has original jurisdiction to review challenges to the ...
In an earlier challenge of the MSHA rule, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said it did not have jurisdiction over the case because the rule is not, strictly speaking, a health or safety standard. Challenges of MSHA health or safety standards would go directly to a federal circuit court, rather than district court, the ...
Enbridge spokesman Adam Parker said Friday the company doesn't comment on pending litigation. He confirmed pipeline construction has begun in Ohio and Michigan. The 6th Circuit in granting Green's motion for an emergency "stay" said not only are the city's chances of prevailing in the petition good, ...
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court has spiked an Ohio couple's case against companies that distributed an erotic fiction book about a woman's desire for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court's dismissal of the case ...
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the county had no obligation to defend former Corrections Officer ...
In a recent brief filed in the Sixth Circuit, American Tooling Center, Inc. argued that the appellate court should reverse the district court's ...
Absent from the list was the 6th Circuit, though three justices -- Josephine Hart, Karen Baker and Robin Wynne -- signed a one-sentence ...
Every year, each of the state's judicial circuits must submit plans to the Supreme Court explaining how they plan to divide the next year's caseload. Smith said he's been coming up with the 6th Circuit's plans since about 2004. In order to be submitted to the Supreme Court, at least nine of the 6th Circuit's 17 ...
The state of Maryland uses software to allow blind voters to cast their ballots online. Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wisconsin use similar programs, the 6th Circuit wrote in its opinion. Smith dismissed the case and, citing Husted's defense, said allowing the blind to use a special website to cast their ...
Residents of a small Nashville suburb, Thompson's Station, were given a second opportunity to litigate their antitrust actions against local ...
The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday granting Trump permission to appeal even though decisions ...
The United States Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to the Sixth U.S. Court of Appeals. Larsen ...
In Stein v. hhgregg, a split panel of the Sixth Circuit held that a written policy would trump the company's actual practices. hhGregg employs ...
Fasic noted that the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a challenge to the 6th Circuit ruling, which means the ruling in favor of the local Kentucky ...
... Magoffin and Knott counties; the 14th Circuit, including Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties; and the 6th Circuit, including Daviess County.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Jackson County is acting legally but the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Rowan County ...


 

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