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Legal news from Wednesday, December 6, 2017
by Jessica Lasky

The number of people stopped from illegally crossing the border and the number of deportations are down, but immigration arrests are up from previous years, according to end-of-year statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tuesday. According to the report, 98percent of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehensions nationwide were at the southwest …

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by Erik Slobe

The California Department of Insurance announced Wednesday that it has served Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Insurance with an accusation seeking to suspend or revoke the companies' licenses due to improper insurance sales practices. An investigation was opened against Wells Fargo last year after Prudential employees accused Wells Fargo of signing …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Cyber Unit announced Monday that it has obtained an emergency asset freeze against Dominic Lacroix, Lacroix's partner Sabrina Paradis-Royer, and his company, PlexCorps, after filing charges alleging that the company's initial coin offering (ICO) for the cryptocurrency PlexCoins was a cyber scam. Lacroix, Paradis-Royer and PlexCorps have …

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by Jennifer Suder

Ethiopian officials have renewed their campaign of collecting intelligence against government critics abroad through the use of commercial spyware, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. According to Citizen Lab, an independent research group in Toronto, Ethiopia, along with other countries such as the US and UK, are spying on government critics through a spyware …

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by Kenneth Hall

Several immigration and civil rights organizations filed suit Wednesday against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) division for illegally withholding a memo recommending the closure of an Alabama immigration detention facility run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The complaint addresses a 2016 Freedom of Information …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning systematic human rights violations against the Rohingya minority and the acts of violence committed by Myanmar security forces, calling instead for a peaceful resolution. Thirty-three member-states were in favor of the resolution while nine abstained. According to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid …

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by Akira Tomlinson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Tuesday that Mexico's proposed security legislation will not assist its armed forces in combating the war on drugs. The Law on Internal Security was approved by the Chamber of Deputies last month. The law would allow for certain circumstances that would …

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by Sean Rohtla

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that luxury brands can prohibit their distributors from selling products on third-party Internet sites like Amazon. The ruling came from a decision referred to the court by the Higher Regional Court, Frankfurt am Main of Germany from a dispute between luxury beauty company, Coty Germany, and their distributor, Parfümerie Akzente, about …

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by Raven Moore

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a lawsuit brought against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd by the Chinese online retailer's shareholders last year. The suit alleged that in addition to knowing about counterfeiters selling knock-off versions of luxury products on their website, Alibaba defrauded their shareholders by concealing information …

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by Christopher Hsu

Thirteen states filed a motion for leave to file bill of complaint with the US Supreme Court Monday challenging a California egg law. In 2008 California enacted California Health & Safety Code §§ 25990-25996, which prohibits the sale of farm eggs produced by hens that are kept in a manner that prevents them from "lying down, standing …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case surrounding a Colorado cake baker who refused to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission deals with the rights of individuals to deny services to patrons when such services conflict with …

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