Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act on Tuesday, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. As of January 1, 2020, any adult over 21 years of age will be able to legally purchase cannabis for personal use from the licensed dispensaries across Illinois. The law [...]

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US District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday denied a request to stop federal prosecution of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank which alleges its aid in Iran’s evasion of US economic sanctions. The decision was a response to claims that Halkbank used money servicers and front companies in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to facilitate conspiracies [...]

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The Georgia Supreme Court overturned on Monday an appellate court ruling dismissing a suit brought against a medical clinic by patients whose data had been stolen by hackers. In June 2016 a criminal hacking group known as Dark Overlord stole the private data, including names, addresses, and social security numbers, of 200,000 patients from Athens [...]

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Liberia’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that parts of the country’s Aliens and Nationality Law were unconstitutional. The case was brought when Alvin Jalloh, a Liberian-born citizen who had obtained dual Liberian-American citizenship, was denied entry into the country without first obtaining a non-immigrant visa. Section 22.2 of the Aliens and Nationality Law allows the citizenship [...]

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On Friday President Trump signed the SECURE Act into law. This changes the landscape of retirement by making it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans for their employees. It also raises the minimum age of fund distribution for retirement to 72. The Act also makes it easier for new parents to remove funds [...]

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Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera signed a law on Monday allowing a referendum on a new constitution for the country. The law was passed by the Chilean congress last week following more than two months of violent protests. The vote is scheduled for April 26, and asks voters two questions: should Chile have a new constitution [...]

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New York State Supreme Court Judge Deborah Chimes ruled Monday that individuals pursuing lawsuits under the state Child Victims Act can remain anonymous during litigation. Chimes’ ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a woman against former Amherst Central School administrator John Koch. The lawsuit alleges repeated sexual assaults by Koch, beginning in [...]

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New York City, the District of Columbia, and 15 states filed a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, claiming that the rollback of protections for US waterways is “arbitrary, capricious, not in accordance with law, and without observance of procedure required by law.” The rollback came via a change in the definition [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed a $738 billion Defense Spending Bill on Friday which raised the federal age requirement for tobacco purchases to 21. Currently, anyone above the age of 18 can purchase tobacco products, however, the measure will prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The prohibition includes [...]

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