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US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 19 May 2018

[JURIST] Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week:

A group of non-profit corporations including New Jersey Coalition of Diverse and Inclusive Schools (NJCDIS), along with New Jersey students, sued [complaint, PDF] the state of New Jersey Thursday for having racially segregated schools.
Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) [official website] introduced a bill [text] on Thursday "to protect transportation personnel and passengers from sexual assault and harassment."

The bill, known as the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act, would require that commercial airlines, railroads, ships, certain bus lines and other forms of "covered entities" have formal sexual assault and harassment policies in place, including training and protocol for filing and responding to reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed SB 785 [text] into law on Thursday, placing limitations on when a person's immigration status can be disclosed in an open court.

The law adds two new sections to the Evidence Code—one that addresses civil cases and one for criminal cases.

The US Department of the Treasury [official website] issued new sanctions [press release] against Iran on Thursday.

The new sanctions target two individuals, Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and Abdallah Safi-Al-Din.

A Louisiana bill [text, PDF] that would ban abortions after 15 weeks was given final legislative approval Wednesday.

The act makes it illegal for a physician to perform an abortion after 15 weeks gestational age.

Judge Richard Berman of the US District Court for Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced [transcript, PDF] former banker at the Turkish state-owned bank Halkbank, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, to 32 months in prison for aiding Iran in evading US sanctions.

Atilla was convicted in January for conspiring with other officials.

The city of Pensacola, Florida, on Wednesday urged [oral arguments calendar, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [judicial website] to overturn a lower court order [opinion, PDF] to remove [JURIST report] a 34-foot cross in Bayview Park because the cross violates the Establishment Clause.
Davidson County state court chancery judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled on Wednesday that the removal of three statutes of Confederate generals in Memphis public parks did not violate state law.
The US Senate [official website] approved a resolution [S J Res 52] on Wednesday that rejects the Federal Communication Commission's "Restoring Internet Freedom" [text] ruling that dismantled net neutrality.
Environmental groups filed suit [Earthjustice press release; petition, PDF] against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt [official profile] on Wednesday after he halted [EPA Rule Summary] the rulemaking process for a regulation that would would required mining companies to show that they have enough funding prior to commencing operations to cover the cleanup of harmful substances produced from mining.
Uber announced [press release] on Tuesday that they will no longer require claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment committed by Uber riders, drivers or employees to be resolved through arbitration.

Uber stated that sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors will have the choice to bring claims through mediation, arbitration or through open court.

Judge Daniel Ottolia, of Riverside County Superior Court, ruled against California's End of Life Option Act [text] on Tuesday, which allowed physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] Paul Manfort's request to dismiss indictments against him that arose out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's [official website] investigation..

Manafort had called for the dismissal of the indictment arguing that the indictment exceeded the limits on the Special Counsel's authority to issue appointments and exceeded his authority to investigate the charges.

Texas, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada and Pittsburgh [complaints, PDF] filed lawsuits on Tuesday against Purdue Pharma LP [corporate website] and other opioid painkiller makers, alleging the companies contributed to the current opioid crisis by misrepresenting the risks of their drugs.

Attorneys General of the states allege that Purdue deceptively marketed its drug to profit, thereby violating state deceptive trade laws by falsely denying or minimizing the risk of addiction.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accuses [press release] Purdue of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting the high likelihood of their drugs leading to addiction.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [text] on Tuesday against the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Medicine in the Iowa District Court of Polk County [official website] over a recently passed abortion law, Senate File 359 [text].

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the enforcement of Section 4 of the Act, which makes it illegal to perform an abortion if there is a detectable heartbeat of the fetus.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan [official website] signed [press release, PDF] a bill on Tuesday that will ban conversion therapy from being practiced on LGBT minors.
The US Department of Justice announced [press release] Tuesday that it joined [complaint, PDF] a whistleblower lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics Inc.
Federal judge Mark Walker for the US District Court of the Northern District of Florida [official website] denied [order, PDF] the request by the National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] on Sunday to use pseudonyms for teenagers involved in the legal challenge against new Florida gun laws.

In March, the Florida legislature passed new restrictions [text, PDF] to purchasing a firearm, including raising the age limit from 18 to 21 years.

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a wiretap order authorized by a Kansas judge in an investigation of a drug ring was not insufficient on its face, thereby denying the petitioners' request for suppression of the evidence.

Los and Roosevelt Dahda had asked the court to suppress evidence obtained through wiretap orders due to the orders explicitly allowing interception of communication outside the jurisdiction of the judge who authorized the orders.

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in US v.
The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Monday in McCoy v.
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday added two cases, BNSF Railway Company v.
The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Murphy v.

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