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North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize same-sex marriage
September 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal judge approves settlement in eBay antitrust case
September 3, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday approved a settlement between federal antitrust authorities and eBay over allegations that eBay agreed to not to poach employees from rival companies. Judge Edward Davila presided over the settlement between eBay a....... [more]

California legislature bans plastic grocery bags
August 30, 2014
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the state....... [more]

Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]

Immigration authorities settle lawsuit with ACLU
August 28, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled a federal lawsuit (text) on Wednesday, requiring US immigration authorities to ensure that undocumented Mexican immigrants are made aware of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The class action lawsuit, filed in June 2013, alleged t....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California gun waiting period
August 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated th....... [more]

California AG to appeal death penalty ruling
August 22, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the Eighth....... [more]

California passes law banning sterilization of inmates
August 20, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown was a presented with a bill on Tuesday to ban sterilization of female inmates in California after the California Senate unanimously voted to pass the law. The bill bans any form of sterilization in a correctional facility for the purposes of birth control unless there....... [more]

Federal judge rejects settlement in tech company hiring case
August 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday rejected a bid by Adobe Systems Inc., Apple, Google and Intel to settle ongoing antitrust litigation brought by employees in the technology industry. The corporations filed a motion in June requesting the leave of th....... [more]

Federal judge rules against NCAA in antitrust lawsuit
August 9, 2014
The US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cannot prevent college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses. The class action case was brought by a group of current....... [more]




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