France’s National Assembly on Thursday approved a digital tax bill known as the GAFA Tax, an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, that will charge the companies a 3 percent tax on digital revenue earned in France. The tax has been defended as a targeted approach, only applying to businesses with “global digital revenues [...]

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The First District Court of Appeal for Florida ruled Tuesday that the state’s approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional. The plaintiff, Florigrown, was seeking registration as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) under Art. X, § 29, of the Florida Constitution. Their application was denied as a result of a bill that amended section 381.986 [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled unanimously Monday against a prayer policy in Brevard County, Florida, that excluded certain groups from giving an invocation. The plaintiffs were five individuals who identify as atheist or Secular Humanist and three organizations. One of the plaintiffs from the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) sent [...]

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An appeals court in Rome sentenced 24 people to life in prison on Monday, including senior officials in Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina’s military dictatorships. The officials were found to have been involved in the US-backed Operation Condor, which took place in the 1970s and 80s. Operation Condor involved tracking down and removing [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) filed a submission on Qatar with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Monday in preparation for the committee’s upcoming meeting and review of Qatar’s progress. The committee is charged with monitoring women’s progress in states that signed the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in Mitchell v. Wisconsin, a case surrounding the administration of a warrantless blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test to Mitchell who was unconscious at the time of the test. Justice Samuel Alito wrote that in such circumstances where the driver is unconscious, the court holds that the “exigent circumstances rule [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that partisan gerrymandering cases cannot be decided by federal courts. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the court in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, a consolidated partisan gerrymandering case. Voters from Maryland and North Carolina brought the claims alleging that the gerrymandering violated the [...]

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The Administrative Court in Montreuil, France held Tuesday that the state is liable to a mother (Mrs. T) and daughter, for inadequacy of air quality. Mrs. T brought the claim with the backing of NGOs after both herself and her daughter suffered respiratory health issues including bronchitis and asthma. Mrs. T said that both of [...]

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The Supreme Court held on Thursday that Congress did not transgress the nondelegation doctrine by allowing the Attorney General to decide how the registration requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) should apply to individuals convicted prior to the statute’s enactment. Justice Kagan announced the judgment of the court and was joined [...]

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With a senate vote of 114 in favor, four against, and three abstentions, Mexico became the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday. The USMCA, the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will update the terms of trade to regulate sectors that were not present when NAFTA was [...]

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