The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s decision that Alcolac Inc. (Alcolac), an American chemical manufacturer, was not liable for injuries sustained by several former members of the US military as a result of their exposure to mustard gas during the Gulf War. In their suit, the former US military [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US government’s mass surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden seven years ago was unlawful. The ruling was handed down as part of the court’s decision in a case involving four members of the Somali diaspora who were convicted for sending or conspiring to [...]

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TikTok, a popular video-sharing mobile app owned by a Chinese company, sued the US government on Monday over President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban the app in the US. The lawsuit comes a month after Trump, invoking theInternational Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), issued an executive order that would effectively ban the operation of TikTok in the [...]

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The Canadian government Friday appealed a Canadian Federal Court ruling that struck down the Safe Third Country Act (STCA). The STCA is a key refugee agreement between the US and Canada under which refugees are required to request protection in the first safe country in which they arrive. The STCA allows Canada to turn back [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order that would have allowed Texans to vote by mail rather than in person in an effort to avoid the risk of COVID-19 exposure. The decision comes after a lower court ruled that voters under 65 years old who lacked immunity [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the New York convention does not conflict with state law doctrines of equitable estoppel which allow non-signatories to an arbitration agreement to compel arbitration. The case involves an American company (ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA) and a French company (F.L. Industries Inc.), which entered into three contacts, all of which [...]

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The Paris Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Felicien Kabuga’s request to be released on bail pending his trial for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Kabuga is accused of financing and arming the Interahamwe militia, the militia responsible for the massacre of approximately 800,000 members of the Rwandan Tutsi [...]

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The US Supreme Court issued an Tuesday today denying the federal government’s request to block a plan to release elderly and low-risk prisoners of the Elkton Federal Correctional Institute (FCI-Elkton) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan was ordered by a judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on April [...]

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A federal judge ruled Monday against Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear’s ban on out-of-state travel for Kentucky residents. The ban, which was issued in executive order 2020-258, prohibited Kentucky residents from traveling to any other state in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. It did, however, provide an exception for certain out-of-state travel, including [...]

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Maryland governor Lawrence Hogan signed an executive order on Saturday allowing the expedited release of hundreds of eligible inmates in an effort to enable social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the state’s prisons. Hogan’s order authorizes the Commission on Correctional Standards and the Maryland Parole Commission to expedite the release of eligible categories of [...]

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