federal district court


Definition of federal district court

: a district trial court of law and equity that hears cases under federal jurisdiction

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In 2015, a federal district court in Washington, D.C., found the House had standing to pursue arguments that the executive branch usurped its principal power, that of appropriating federal funds. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Emergency Q&A: How Opponents Could Sue to Block Trump’s Border Wall," 12 Jan. 2019 The Justice Department told a federal district court in Texas on Thursday that the health care law's key provision -- a mandate requiring most people to buy insurance -- is soon to be unconstitutional. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "The Trump administration says Obamacare is unconstitutional: What it means to you," 8 June 2018 With an election looming in 2012 and the lawsuit still pending, a federal district court in Texas ordered an interim map – which made some changes to the 2011 map, but left other parts the same – to be used in the election. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voter redistricting: US Supreme Court to hear third key case of term," 23 Apr. 2018 This Mississippi statute was recently declared unconstitutional by a federal district court, from which an appeal is now planned. WSJ, "Two Other Thoughts on Late-Term Abortions," 7 Dec. 2018 The justices agreed Tuesday to decide quickly whether to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a federal district court's order to restart the DACA program without waiting for an appeals court ruling. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court agrees to speed up Trump's DACA appeal," 23 Jan. 2018 The motion was filed in US federal district court in the Eastern District of Missouri. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 The case was filed in federal district court in the Northern District of Texas. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Senate Republicans Move to Defend Popular ACA Provision," 24 Aug. 2018 The Justice Department’s appeal is lodged with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a step up from the federal district court where the six-week trial unfolded in the spring. Marcy Gordon, BostonGlobe.com, "Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger," 12 July 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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