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Legal news from Thursday, December 7, 2017
by Ram Eachambadi

The US House of Representatives voted 423-3 on Wednesday to approveH. Con. Res. 90 condemning "ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma." The resolution, submitted by Representative Joseph Crowley of New …

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by Tate Brown

Australia's House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, with just four votes in opposition. The new law changes the definition of marriage from "the union of a man and a woman" to "the union of 2 people". This comes after years of resistance from conservatives. There had previously …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

Deputy Director Leandra English filed an amended complaint Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump and his pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as interim director. When former director Richard Cordray formally resigned November 24, he named English as his temporary replacement. However, Trump immediately named current Office of Management and Budget Director …

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by Christopher Anderson

A state judge in California has dismissed a case against Google alleging gender discrimination in pay and hiring practices. The suit was brought by three female employees on behalf of all women employed by Google. It claims that the tech giant pays women and minorities less for similar work and puts them in positions less likely to lead …

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by Raven Moore

The European Commission said Thursday that they plan to take Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to the Court of Justice over their failure to accept their quota of refugees. This decision comes six months after the Commission launched infringement procedures against the three countries for failing to comply with their legal obligation to accept refugees …

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by Lindsay Offutt

A highly divided US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 231-198 to pass HR 38, a bill loosening gun regulations and allowing individuals with concealed weapons carrying permits to legally travel between states. The votes fell largely along partisan lines with most Democrats voting against the bill and Republicans voting in favor, although …

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by Kylee Clark

Oliver Schmidt, a former senior manager at Volkswagen AG was sentenced to 84 months in prison and a $400,000 fine on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to one count of violating the Clean Air Act. Issues arose in 2015 when Volkswagen released diesel operated vehicles that …

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by Christopher Hsu

A group of UN human rights experts called Thursday for the Bahraini government to respect and guarantee Shia leader and cleric, Isa Qassim, his human rights. In June 2016 Qassim was stripped of his Bahraini citizenship, putting him in danger of being deported from the country. In May Quassim was charged with money laundering crimes related to the …

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by Jennifer Suder

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday morning. The first case involves award of attorney's fees in civil rights cases. In Murphy v. Smith, Chris Murphy, a prisoner at an Illinois correctional facility, was badly beaten by two guards while he was handcuffed, crushing part of his eye socket, choking him until he …

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