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A federal judge in Detroit on Friday rejected General Motors Co.’s amended racketeering lawsuit against its rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. This judgment is the most recent activity in a lawsuit filed by General Motors Co. (GM) in November of 2019, in which GM accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) of paying off United Auto [...]

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The four executive actions President Donald Trump signed Saturday may face legal challenges because the Constitution grants Congress, not the president, the power to tax and spend. Trump signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order to provide economic relief for the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The three memoranda seek to increase the unemployment [...]

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The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a decision that would have required the federal government to return more than $479 million to six states that argued that the federal government had illegally collected a fee from them under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Nebraska challenged the [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. The decision issued Friday leaves in place an order that protects renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic. The state Supreme Court dismissed the case per curiam, with only Justice Wecht [...]

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Activists injured by the Minneapolis Police Department during protests following the murder of George Floyd filed a class action suit against the City of Minneapolis and its Police Department Tuesday. The suit, filed by four named plaintiffs injured during the protests, alleges that law enforcement used less-lethal weapons against protesters engaged in “constitutionally protected acts [...]

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Fashion conglomerate Gap, Inc. sued nationwide shopping mall operator Simon Properties on Thursday in the Delaware Chancery Court in order to terminate leases due to closures caused by COVID-19. Gap and its affiliates, including Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, Janie and Jack, and Old Navy, sued the shopping mall operator with the hopes of retroactively terminating [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Friday that Amazon’s “last mile” delivery drivers are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) because they are engaged in interstate commerce. Section 1 of the FAA exempts “contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees, or any other class of workers engaged in foreign or [...]

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on Friday establishing the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to improve policing practices within law enforcement agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. The Commission is comprised of Pennsylvania citizens focused on promoting transparency, fairness, and accountability among the Commonwealth’s state [...]

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Friday that three of Governor Tony Evers’ vetoes to the state’s biennial budget violated the state constitution. The Wisconsin Constitution provides that the governor may approve appropriation bills “in whole or in part.” The justices were asked to determine whether four vetoes were valid. The vetoes pertained to the [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that an exception allowing robocalls to cell phones for government-debt collection is an impermissible exception to the law restricting nearly all other robocalls. The court was asked to decide whether the law was a content-based speech restriction, and if so, whether the government-debt exception could be severed from the [...]

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