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Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: August 4, 2006 / November 3, 2009
State: Texas
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court, District of Columbia (Case 1:06-cv-01384-PLF-EGS); United States Supreme Court (Case 08-322)

Issue:

Whether the imposition of §5 of the Voting Rights Act requirements, 42 U.S.C. §1973c, upon Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One is improper and/or unconstitutional as the district has allegedly remedied the problems giving rise to the initial imposition of these requirements.

Status:

A juridictional statement was filed on 9/4/08.  An amicus brief was filed by the Mountain States Legal Foundation on 10/10/08.  Motion to affirm filed by Appellee 11/26/08. Oral Arguments set for 4/29/09. Appellant's Reply filed 4/15. Judgement Reversed and Case Remanded on 6/22/09.  Consent Judgment and Decree 11/3/09.

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