Mississippi’s Heartbeat Abortion Ban was struck down by the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision on Thursday.  The controversial “Heartbeat Abortion Ban” would ban abortions occurring after 6 weeks of pregnancy.  Despite national outcry, the ban was signed in to law by Gov. Phil Bryant on March 21, 2019. Since the Governor’s signature, the ban has been [...]

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Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice, the nation’s second-highest court, ruled Wednesday that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees of Uber. The case originated after a driver sued Uber in Minas Gerais, Brazil, seeking relief for lost income after Uber deactivated his driver account. Lower courts in Brazil have been wrestling with the issue [...]

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In 2017 the Department of the Interior Solicitor’s Office released Opinion M-37050 which challenges the current interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).  As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reevaluating current practices of criminalizing companies that accidentally kill migrating birds during the scope of their business. The opinion states that the [...]

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Virginia’s House’s Courts of Justice – Criminal Subcommittee passed HB 995, raising the required amount for the crime from $500 to $1000 to qualify for Grand Larceny.  This along with numerous other proposed and passed bills add to Gov. Ralph Northam’s criminal justice initiative. Supporters of the bill emphasized that felony convictions carry a lifetime [...]

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Virginia’s House advanced HB33 with a 52 to 45 vote on Friday that supports Gov. Ralph Northam’s criminal justice reform initiative.  This particular bill addresses a long debated issue of parole in Virginia.  Parole was abolished in Virginia in 1995, but no jury was informed of this change when deliberating sentences until 2000 after the [...]

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A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday approved SB 733, legislation to ease abortion restrictions, by a 9-6 vote. A similar bill was advanced in the House Wednesday. The legislation aims to undo Republican-backed laws in the state. If signed into law, the bill will reverse the 24-hour waiting period and ultrasound and counseling requirements. The Democratic-backed changes [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld on Tuesday the validity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) risk adjustment program, reversing a lower court’s decision. As a part of the ACA’s enactment, Congress authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to design and implement this risk adjustment [...]

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act on Tuesday, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. As of January 1, 2020, any adult over 21 years of age will be able to legally purchase cannabis for personal use from the licensed dispensaries across Illinois. The law [...]

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