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Girard Lau’s Legal Cases

6 total

  • Corboy v. Louie

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Outcome:
    Plaintiff Taxpayers' "reverse discrimination" case dismissed by Hawaii Supreme Court for lack of standing
    Description:
    Real Property Taxpayers challenge the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act's exemption from property taxes for Hawaiian Homesteaders as a racially based exemption violating the Equal Protection Clause.
  • Lingle v. Arakaki

    Practice Area:
    Civil Rights
    Date:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Outcome:
    U.S. Supreme Court vacates Ninth Circuit decision allowing state taxpayers standing to challenge Hawaiian programs. Ninth Circuit then dismisses case.
    Description:
    State taxpayers challenge state programs for Native Hawaiians as violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
  • State ex rel. Bronster v. U.S. Steel Corp.

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jun 24, 1996
    Outcome:
    In Aloha Stadium rust suit, Hawaii Supreme Court found deceptive practices jury instruction prejudicially erroneous and vacated dismissal of negligent misrepresentation claim, allowing State to pursue both multi-million $ claims against U.S. Steel.
    Description:
    State sued U.S. Steel for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Negligent Misrepresentation for selling "weathering" steel for construction of Aloha Stadium that ended up rusting. Trial court denied or dismissed State claims.
  • Housing Finance and Development Corp. v. Castle

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    May 19, 1995
    Outcome:
    Hawaii Supreme Court upholds Land Reform Act as still serving public purpose.
    Description:
    Landowner sued to invalidate Hawaii Land Reform Act as no longer serving a public purpose in light of then reduced concentration of landownership.
  • Jackson v. Abercrombie

    Practice Area:
    Civil Rights
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    Challenging Hawaii's same sex marriage ban in Ninth Circuit
    Description:
    Governor supports same sex couple's Due Process and Equal Protection challenge to Hawaii's ban on same sex marriage.
  • Young v. State

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    Defending Hawaii's restrictions on public carry of firearms against Second Amendment challenge in Ninth Circuit
    Description:
    Plaintiff challenges Hawaii state law restricting the public carry of firearms on Second Amendment grounds. State argues public carry is not protected by Second Amendment and, alternatively, Hawaii carry restrictions survive intermediate scrutiny.