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Supreme Court: Veteran Can’t Be Forced To Indemnify Ex-Spouse When Electing Benefits

A retired Air Force Veteran’s divorce decree awarded his ex-wife 50 percent of the veteran’s future Air Force retirement pay, but thirteen years after the divorce, the veteran was found partially disabled due to an earlier service-related injury, and elected to give up an equal amount ($250 monthly) of retirement pay in order to receive disability pay – thereby reducing the value of his ex-wife’s 50 percent share by 50 percent of $250.

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Dismissal Due to the Suppression of Evidence Does Not Satisfy the Favorable Termination Element of a Malicious Prosecution Claim

In January 2010, police arrested Terry Margheim at his home in Greeley, CO on suspicion of domestic violence committed against his girlfriend. Weld County prosecutors then initiated a criminal prosecution against him. Margheim posted a $3,000 bond and was required to comply with a protection order to avoid contact with his girlfriend.

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Supreme Court to Decide Appellate Jurisdiction in Federal Employee “Mixed Case” Appeals

In the first case argued before Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justices appeared to disagree about how to handle “mixed cases,” alleging both adverse employment actions against federal civil service employees and prohibited discrimination, where the Merit Systems Protection Board concludes it lacks jurisdiction because the employee was not subject to an appealable action.

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