On Thursday , the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied an ex parte application for stay of proceedings. The application was filed by the defendants, chiefly the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on December 26, 2018. This is the latest development regarding a lawsuit filed by various immigrant child [...]

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The UK Supreme Court ruled Thursday against pharmaceutical company Pfizer in a patent case over its drug Lyrica. The case involved secondary usage of a known and patented pharmaceutical compound—applying an already patented pharmaceutical compound to a new use. The case was a matter of patent infringement over a chemical known by the technical name of: [...]

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The General Court of the European Union ruled Thursday that testing vacuum cleaners using empty dust bag receptacles does not serve the purpose of one of its energy efficiency regulations. The regulation in question is known as Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The directive was finalized in May 2010. As of September 1, [...]

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The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning attacks by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Resolution 2439 documents particular concern for the plight of Ebola-stricken areas in the African nation. Citing concerns for government and independent armed groups in the region, the resolution calls for a cessation of violence in the region [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar presented a report to the UN General Assembly Wednesday criticizing Myanmar’s languishing path to a democratic transition. Special Rapporteur Lee Yanghee’s report criticized the government’s record and ongoing efforts to restrict freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the right to assemble and religious [...]

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A group of environmental advocacy organizations filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday over concerns that the border wall will result in detrimental environmental impacts to the areas surrounding the wall construction sites. The Secretary of Homeland Security’s office issued waivers, dubbed the “Lower Rio Grande Valley Border Wall Waivers”, that would [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it has indicted seven officers of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) with hacking. The charges stem from a coordinated effort by the DOJ, the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The seven defendants were charged with computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. The actors [...]

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West Virginia’s state Senate voted Tuesday to allow Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Beth Walker to remain on the bench following impeachment proceedings. The state Senate’s 2018 Second Extraordinary Session, which first convened in June, followed the state legislature’s move to impeach  the entire state Supreme Court bench. Allegations were made against Walker that she was [...]

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A judge for the US District Court of the Northern District of California  ruled  Tuesday that homeless groups may pursue a class action lawsuit against the city of Berkeley, California. Plaintiffs, who identify themselves as members of the homeless activist group “First They Came for the Homeless” (FTCftH), filed suit against the city of Berkeley [...]

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