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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Babb v. Wilkie that the federal-sector provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) “demands that personnel actions be untainted by any consideration of age.” The Court heard oral arguments in January and had to decide whether the ADEA prohibitS age from being the “but-for [...]

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The Canadian legislature passed emergency legislation on Wednesday that will allow the Minister of Health to circumvent patent laws for supplies that are necessary to combat the COVID-19 public health emergency. The bill requires payment of renumeration for the patentees in the “amount that the Commissioner considers to be adequate renumeration in the circumstances.” “These [...]

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Monday, in what has been called a “largely symbolic” move. The bill defines being “born alive” as “the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of the fetus, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a [...]

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The Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Campaign for Southern Equality and the South Carolina Equality Coalition, Inc. filed a lawsuit Wednesday for injunctive and declaratory relief against South Carolina over an anti-LGBTQ sex education state statute. The law in question “provides that local public school districts may not include in their health education any ‘discussion [...]

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The Supreme Court held Tuesday that state appellate courts may conduct a Clemons reweighing of aggravating and mitigating circumstances, and may do so in collateral proceedings as appropriate and provided under state law. James McKinney received two death sentences in 1992 following his conviction of two counts of first-degree murder for the murders of Christine [...]

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A Chinese official announced Monday the China legislature will amend their wildlife protection law this year. The recent coronavirus outbreak is suspected to be related to wildlife, and the amendment to the law will be an attempt to fight the outbreak. This comes less than two weeks after US President Donald Trump declared a public [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday dismissed an emoluments suit filed against President Donald Trump by Democratic lawmakers for lack of standing. Individual Democratic members of Congress filed the complaint against the president in June 2017, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against him for his alleged violation of [...]

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California Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 219 to the state legislature Monday in an attempt to make PG&E a publicly owned utility. The move comes a year after the company filed for bankruptcy, stemming from liability for the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires. SB 219 would “authorize the authority to acquire, by eminent domain, the [...]

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