The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a district court decision Wednesday where a plaintiff sued a Michigan police officer for upgrading her traffic violation to a more serious speeding violation after she raised her middle finger at the cop. A suburban Detroit police officer pulled over the plaintiff for speeding and [...]

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In a 4-3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower court decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the families of victims from the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting to sue firearms manufacturers. The plaintiffs allege that gun manufacturer Remington marketed its Bushmaster AR-15-style weapon for illegal and offensive purposes that [...]

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The Utah legislature passed a bill late Wednesday banning abortions after 18 weeks into pregnancy with a vote of 23-6 in the state Senate. Supporters of the bill have argued that advancement in science and technology would allow for a fetus to survive birth at earlier stages. The bill now proceeds to Governor Gary Herbert’s [...]

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The US Department of State released its annual human rights country reports for 2018 Wednesday. In an attempt to hold other countries accountable for their human rights records, the State Department publishes annual reports on countries around the world. The goal is to guarantee basic human rights including “freedoms of religion or belief, expression, peaceful [...]

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The New Mexico Senate passed a Union Security Agreements bill with a vote of 23-19 on Sunday that could ban local “right-to-work” ordinances. Ten different counties throughout the state have currently adopted ordinances that prevent employees from being required to join a union or non-union members from paying union fees. Adoption of the bill would [...]

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A federal judge granted a motion on Friday to expand the class definition in a class action lawsuit against the Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency. In the original complaint, the plaintiff, Ms. L, sought to reunite with her seven-year-old daughter after they both fled violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Upon seeking asylum in [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday reversing an Obama-era order requiring intelligence agencies to report deaths from airstrikes in noncombat conflict zones. The new order revokes the requirement put into place by Barack Obama’s executive order that was originally intended to increase transparency between the government and the public after the [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Rimini Street v. Oracle USA, Inc. that Oracle was not entitled to a $12.8 million award for certain litigation expenses beyond what is considered “full costs” of attorneys fees under 28 USC §§ 1821 and 1920. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit previously ruled in Oracle’s [...]

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UN housing crisis expert Leilani Farha on Monday criticized human rights leaders who have failed to hold themselves accountable for inadequate housing rights. The UN Special Rapporteur previously urged the leaders of the G-20 summit to address the global housing crisis. Following the summit, Farha presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in [...]

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