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Voters in California elected to adopt Proposition 22 during Tuesday’s election, classifying “gig” workers as independent contractors. This proposition was backed by companies such as Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart, and it overrides an assembly bill passed in 2019 in the state declaring so-called “gig economy” workers to be employees, not contractors. Proposition 22 [...]

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In a 5-3 decision on Monday, the US Supreme Court rejected requests to allow Wisconsin to maintain modifications to its election rules to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day. There was no one opinion agreed upon by the five justices ruling against the election modifications. Chief Justice John Roberts and [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Indiana woman Patricia Hammons had jurisdiction to sue Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon for injuries she sustained from a pelvic implant. This permitted the $12.5 million verdict she was awarded to be upheld as well. Hammons received the pelvic implant in 2009 after she was diagnosed with [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court injunction on Tuesday against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requiring safer conditions to protect detained immigrants from COVID-19. The Ninth Circuit held that the district court is permitted to offer injunctive relief “to remedy unconstitutional conditions of confinement.” The court stated that [...]

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A suit brought by Democratic lawmakers in 2017 against US President Donald Trump has ended with the Supreme Court declining to hear the case on Tuesday. The suit alleged that Trump violated the emoluments clause of the US Constitution by profiting from the presidency. The emoluments clause “prohibits any person holding government office from accepting [...]

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A Florida appeals court on Friday overturned the trial court’s ruling in favor of Florida teachers challenging the order that they argued “forced” school districts to reopen. The court held that the union’s case was not strong enough to qualify for the injunction issued by the trial court and that the trial court “exceeded the [...]

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The UN adopted a proposal on Tuesday from the Human Rights Council to postpone the investigations into human rights violations in Libya due to lack of funds. The Human Rights Council established a fact-finding mission in June to identify violations and abuses of human rights “since the beginning of 2016, with a view to prevent [...]

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A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked an attempt Tuesday by the Arizona Democratic Party to allow voters who did not sign their ballots to correct their mistake for up to five days after the voting has ended. The law currently requires that early voters have their ballots [...]

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Iowa Judge Robert Hanson blocked a directive on Monday by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate that told counties they could not send absentee ballot request forms with any information already filled out for voters. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Iowa Democratic Party joined together to challenge this [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday to stop the enforcement of a requirement that mail-in absentee ballots be received by noon on Election Day to be considered valid. The case was brought against Connie Lawson, Indiana’s Secretary of State, by Common Cause Indiana [...]

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