LEGAL NEWS & COMMENTARY
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In an escalation of tension over the COVID-19 response on Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over a mask mandate. Kemp claims that his July 15 executive order made it clear that masks are strongly encouraged but not mandated. Kemp’s order prohibits local governments from instituting mandates more restrictive [...]

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US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to rescind its controversial new rule that would have prohibited international students taking university courses entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic from staying in the US. The parties in Harvard v. US Department of Homeland Security informed the court that [...]

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The US District Court for the District of Maryland issued a preliminary injunction Monday that temporarily stops the US Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) from restricting access to mifepristone, an early abortion medication. The FDA had previously required patients to physically travel to their health care providers to pick up the medication and sign a [...]

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Seventeen states and the District of Columbia filed a complaint in federal court on Monday seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against a new federal rule aimed at international students. The new rule, announced by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) on July 6, 2020, requires students on F-1 and M-1 visas to enroll in a sufficient [...]

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Technology has always been a necessary evil but the advent of Deepfake has tilted the balance more towards the evil side. Deepfakes are an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology used to morph a person’s face onto another and manipulate voice recordings. Deepfakes have been increasingly used to create doctored videos and sound recordings which on [...]

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Systems of government procurement are instrumental in mitigating the effects of the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. First of all, well-organized cooperation between the government and the private sector can help address the most urgent problems, such as shortages of personal protective equipment and ventilators. Second, contracting out research and development projects [...]

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The Prime Minister (PM) is the Chairman ex-officio of both the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and the PM-CARES Fund, constituted to deal with disaster situations, like COVID-19 (which is also a “notified disaster”). Notably, the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (‘2005 Act,’ for short), pregnant with the statutory Fund, having all the trappings of [...]

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On June 3, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, H.R. 7010.  The bill received bipartisan support in the House with a 417-1 vote.  The bill attempts to ease restrictions on small businesses that seek loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), a CARES Act initative. The initial $350 billion in [...]

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