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The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld on Tuesday the validity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) risk adjustment program, reversing a lower court’s decision. As a part of the ACA’s enactment, Congress authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to design and implement this risk adjustment [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia decided on Friday not to block Georgia from removing nearly 100,000 individuals from the state’s voter rolls. In October, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a list of more than 310,000 voters (roughly 4% of Georgia’s registered voters) that he deemed [...]

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The Hanoi People’s Court on Saturday handed out sentences to 14 people who participated in the MobiFone corruption scandal. This sentencing concluded Vietnam’s largest corruption investigation since the government began its anti-graft campaign. The case stemmed from a deal in which state telecommunications firm MobiFone overpaid for a 95% stake in the television provider Audio [...]

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The Shenzhen Nanshan District People’s Court on Monday convicted and sentenced researcher He Jiankui and two collaborators, Zhang Renli and Qin Jinzhou, for carrying out human embryo gene-editing and reproductive medical activities. In a closed court session, the trio were criticized for illegal medical practices and violations of regulations and ethical standards related to their [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld on Friday a lower court’s decision to maintain President Obama’s designation of nearly 5,000 miles of ocean off the coast of New England as a “national monument.” In 2016, President Obama, in an exercise of powers vested in him by the Antiquities Act, established [...]

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Pastor Wang Yi of an unregistered house church in Chengdu, China was convicted of subversion on Monday and sentenced to nine years in prison. This sentence followed a secret trial at the Chengdu Intermediate Court on December 26. In December 2018, around 100 students and seminary leaders from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu were [...]

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A Denver County Court judge ruled on Friday that Denver’s ordinance banning urban camping violates the Eighth Amendment. In his opinion, Judge Johnny C. Barajas wrote that the ordinance specifically violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, which “imposes substantive limits on what can be made criminal and punished as such.” The court cited a [...]

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On Thursday Chile’s Environmental Court ruled in favor of indigenous complaints that had been brought against SQM. SQM is the world’s second-largest miner of lithium. They had planned for expansion but the expansion plans caused questions about Chile’s northern desert’s ability to handle the level of production. The court put emphasis on how frail the [...]

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