US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 10 March 2018

US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 10 March 2018

Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:

President Trump announced new tariffs Thursday in two separate proclamations, one for imports of steel [text] and one for aluminum [text].
The Florida House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved Bill 7026 [text], the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” 67-50 [roll call] in order to to provide stricter guidelines on firearms safety.
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down an employee termination based on the employee’s transgender identity, despite the employer’s strong religious beliefs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [official website] pursued the claim on behalf of Aimee Stephens, a former employee of Defendant-Appellant R.G.

A group of private cryptocurrency traders on Thursday filed [complaint, PDF] a class action lawsuit alleging that employees of the San Francisco based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase [corporate website] engaged in insider trading of Bitcoin Cash.

The class action lawsuit was filed at a California district court by cryptocurrency trader Jeffery Berk on behalf of himself and other traders who claim to have suffered monetary damages as a result of the alleged insider trading at Coinbase.

In August Coinbase initially stated that it would not support Bitcoin Cash until January 2018.

A federal judge in Maryland on Monday rejected [PDF, text] a challenge to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) program, an Obama-era immigration policy that protects undocumented children.
Virtual currency, also known as cryptocurrency, can be regulated by federal agencies just like other commodities, according to a federal court order [text, PDF] issued Tuesday.
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in federal court on Monday in Washington, DC, alleging that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] consistently fails in following guidelines in federal statute by transferring immigrant teenagers into adult detention facilities upon turning 18.

The complaint was brought on behalf of teenagers who came unattended to the US and were moved from government shelters to detention centers upon turning 18.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against California in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official site] seeking declaratory judgment and injustice relief against three California immigration laws.

The three laws at issue were enacted last year and extend protection for immigrants living in the US illegally.

The Florida Senate [official website] passed a bill [text, PDF] on Monday that would raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21 and require a three-day waiting period for most firearm purchases.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Uber [official website] for violating the state’s Breach of Personal Information Notification Act [text].
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and the state’s chapter of the League of Women Voters [official websites] on Monday responded to a request filed by Republican legislators to have the United States Supreme Court block implementation of a new congressional district map issued [JURIST reports] by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website].

Wolf urged the US Supreme Court to deny the request, filed by President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai [official bios] last month, arguing [brief, PDF] that the state Supreme Court’s ruling on state constitutional matters should be dispositive.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee [official bio] signed [press release] a bill [materials] on Monday to protect net neutrality, making Washington the first state to pass such a bill.
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson [official bio] announced [press release] on Monday that Arkansas will be implementing a work requirement [JURIST commentary] for Medicaid recipients.
A three-judge panel for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] on Monday that stalls the proposed settlement of a lawsuit files by the House of Representatives [official website] during the Obama administration over subsidies paid to insurers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [JURIST archive].
The US Supreme Court on Monday held [opinion, PDF] that the US government had the authority to bring an action against New Mexico alleging that they violated the Rio Grande Compact [statute], an agreement between Colorado, Texas and New Mexico to perpetuate the equitable division of water from the Rio Grande River.

The compact, approved by Congress in 1939, requires Colorado to deliver a specified amount of water annually to New Mexico at the state line and directs New Mexico to deliver a specified amount of water to a reservoir 100 miles inside its border.

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases on Monday.

In Knick v.

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in US Bank National Association v.