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The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission may seek disgorgement awards in securities fraud cases. The question came to the Court through Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission, which involves a scheme to defraud foreign individuals seeking permanent residence in the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday that Title VII’s prohibition on sex-based employment discrimination extends to sexual orientation and gender identity. In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the court was asked to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in which Congress outlawed the discrimination of individuals on the basis [...]

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Members of the Minneapolis City Council announced Sunday that a veto-proof majority of the Council is committed to dismantling the current system of policing in Minneapolis. The announcement at a rally in Powderhorn Park came following several days of protests after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. Minneapolis City Council President Lisa [...]

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A federal judge ruled Sunday that Florida’s pay-to-vote law is unconstitutional when applied to ex-felons who are eligible to vote but genuinely unable to pay. Historically, under Florida law, convicted felons may be disenfranchised from voting. Recently, however, Amendment 4 was passed to restore the voting rights of felons, except those convicted of murder or [...]

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French authorities arrested Félicien Kabuga, a leading figure in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on Saturday in Paris. A release from the UN said Kabuga, 84, “was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to [...]

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With an expected increase in mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, voter rights advocates have filed lawsuits across the country challenging existing obstacles in states’ mail-in voting procedures. Challenges to mail-in voter restrictions have been filed in Tennessee, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia and North Carolina, among others. Some challenges primarily address the general restrictions states have [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard remote oral arguments on Monday in cases involving a state’s jurisdiction on Native American lands for crimes committed and employment discrimination in religious schools. McGirt v. Oklahoma which asks whether the state of Oklahoma has the jurisdiction to prosecute a crime committed within the historical boundaries of a reservation. In the [...]

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The 112-year-old, Dallas-based luxury retailer Nieman Marcus Group filed for bankruptcy Thursday in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. At the time of filing, Nieman Marcus said it has “funded-debt obligations of approximately $5.5 billion.” The filing stated that the need for bankruptcy comes in the “face of unprecedented [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) requested on Thursday that the Supreme Court block the release of grand jury documents associated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. In its application for a stay, the DOJ said that without the Supreme Court’s grant of a stay, “the government will [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot condition federal law enforcement funds on conduct that contradicts municipalities’ policing ordinances. In the court’s opinion, Judge Rovner clarified that “the issues before us today concern the spheres of power that reside in the state rather than in the [...]

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