Here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week:
Massachusetts’ top court on Friday ruled
[text, PDF] against Exxon’s request to ban the state’s attorney general from investigating whether the oil conglomerate knew of the effect fossil fuels have on climate change and if they failed to disclose critical information to the public.
Attorney general Maura Healey [official website] filed a civil investigative demand (CID) into whether Exxon violated the state’s primary consumer protection law [official website] after reports released that Exxon had known for decades that fossil fuels contributed to global warming and climate change.
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly
[official website] on Thursday approved a bill
[S 2313, PDF] granting zero emission certificates (ZECs) to nuclear power plants in New Jersey.
The bill states that the nuclear power plants in New Jersey are necessary to meet the Energy Master Plan of New Jersey’s goal of 100 percent clean energy generation by 2050 and the GLobal Warming Response Act’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
[official website] filed a lawsuit
[text, pdf] on Tuesday in state court seeking a declaration that residency is a requirement for gubernatorial candidacy in the state.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled
[opinion, pdf] on Tuesday that a concealed carry permit is required in order to lawfully transport a loaded gun in a car.
In 2014, police stopped Brian Grandberry as a part of a traffic stop.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
[official website] on Monday vetoed
[press release] Virginia House Bill 1257
[text], which would have banned so-called “sanctuary cities.”
The bill would have prohibited cities and municipalities from implementing any policy that “restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” The governor stated that the bill would have sent “a chilling message to communities across Virginia that could have negative impacts on public safety.”
The governor also explained that many localities have found it better to develop a relationship with immigrant communities for the good of overall public safety.
The Arizona Supreme Court
[official website] issued an order
[text] Monday denying in-state tuition for individuals who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) [official website] program.
The Court reviewed the case brought from the Arizona Court of Appeals where that court had ruled [JURIST Report] against in-state tuition for DACA recipients in June 2017.
[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU), the ACLU of Texas
[advocacy websites] and Arnold & Porter filed a lawsuit
[complaint, PDF] Sunday in federal district court challenging the Galveston County Jail’s policy of releasing those arrested for felonies and misdemeanors who can afford to pay the cash bail and detaining those who cannot.
A coalition of 23 consumer, child safety and privacy advocacy groups filed a complaint
[text, PDF] Monday with the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) [official website] alleging that YouTube violated children’s privacy laws by collecting and selling data from children under the age of 13.