The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday allowed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality repeal to stand but found that states may make their own net neutrality regulations. “Despite the Commission’s failure to adequately consider the 2018 Order’s impact on public safety, pole-attachment regulation, and the Lifeline Program [...]

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US Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) resigned Monday afternoon after being accused of insider trading in a 2018 criminal complaint. Collins is accused of using his position as a board member of Innate Immunotherapeutics to provide insider information to members of his family. The complaint states that, “Christopher Collins, a member of Innate’s board of directors, [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206) into law Monday, allowing college athletes to receive compensation for endorsements. Starting in 2023, student athletes attending four-year universities will be eligible to receive monetary compensation for the use of their likeness in advertisements and sponsorship deals. SB 206 will benefit both [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to launch an investigation into Venezuela regarding human rights violations within the country. According to the resolution, approximately 6,000 people have been killed since January 2018 due to government security operations. There have also been reports of extreme use of force against peaceful protesters. The vote included 19 [...]

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The Court of Appeals in Belfast on Friday dismissed an appeal challenging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy. The concern by one of the applicants, Raymond McCord, was that the the Brexit strategy would destroy the Northern Ireland peace agreement. The court stated that it was not the correct venue for deciding such matters, as Parliament [...]

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The US House of Representatives on Friday approved a 2018 act disallowing mandatory arbitration of workers’ legal claims. The bill, entitled the “Arbitration Fairness Act,” or the “The FAIR Act” for short, would prohibit employers from forcing their employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. Mandatory arbitration typically prevents employees from bringing [...]

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Amnesty International on Friday demanded an investigation based upon findings of human rights abuses including torture by the Hong Kong Police. Amnesty’s report focuses specifically on police brutality during arrests stemming from recent mass protests. “Interviews of arrested persons and lawyers by Amnesty International show that police violence most commonly occurred before and during arrest. [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newson signed legislation Thursday aimed at protecting so-called “gig economy” employees. Assembly Bill No. 5 is expected to impact drivers for ride share apps such as Uber and Lyft. However, the legislation also can affect other independent employees. The legislation has amended Section 621 of the Unemployment Insurance Code to define an [...]

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