In a move that could have repercussions for the thousands of Oregon residents suffering from severe student loan debt, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of an Oregon old man who was forced to declare bankruptcy due to student loans that he could not repay. The man's attorney said he was pleased with the result and noted that the appeals court's decision clarifies the way courts should determine whether bankruptcy filers qualify for relief due to undue financial hardship.
In 2010, a lawsuit was filed against the FBI on behalf of 15 Muslim men who arbitrarily were placed on a secret no-fly list. Their presence on this list means that, due to suspected terrorist affiliations, they are not allowed to fly in U.S. airspace. If they want to go visit their relatives abroad, they must take a boat.