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The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that blocking a critic on a politician’s public Facebook page is a violation of the First Amendment. Brian Davison brought suit against Phyllis Randall, the Chair of the Loudoun County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors, for removing his comment on the politician’s official Facebook page. After [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal in the Exxon Mobil Corporation v. Healy case. This gives Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy the right to proceed with her investigation and request records from Exxon on their prior knowledge of the damaging relationship between fossil fuel consumption and climate change. The case [...]

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US District Judge Royce Lamberth on Thursday ordered a reexamination of the Hilary Clinton private email lawsuit. In his 10-page opinion, he ordered a discovery plan focused on three issues, “whether Clinton used a private email to evade , whether attempts to settle the case despite knowing the inadequacy of its initial search constituted bad [...]

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After contentious debate, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) backed down and voted to pass an encryption bill on Thursday. Deemed the “Assistance and Access” Bill, the legislation makes changes to Australia’s telecommunication laws by allowing police and security agencies to issue notices to tech companies forcing them to allow access to necessary encrypted data for [...]

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The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from three conservation groups challenging President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border over potential environmental concerns. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Defenders of Wildlife alleged in their lawsuits that Section 102(c) of the 1996 Illegal Immigration [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Leilani Farha urged world leaders Thursday to address the global housing crisis at the next annual G20 summit. Farha’s statement indicated that the new global order has treated housing as a commodity and that “the G20 leaders must ensure that financial actors and their governments are prevented from selling-off [...]

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order on Monday to create an emergency commission tasked with redrawing the state’s congressional district map. Earlier this month a three-judge panel for the District Court of Maryland ruled that the 2011 redrawing after the 2010 census was unconstitutionally done in a manner to favor Democrats. In the [...]

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that mail-in absentee ballots in Gwinnett County, Georgia, should be counted after they were originally rejected for an omitted or incorrect birth year. Under Georgia law, an eligible voter can request an absentee ballot by completing an application 180 days before the election date. Once the application is received, [...]

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday regarding service processes for foreign states under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) and attorney’s fee caps for lawyers representing clients in Social Security benefit cases. In Republic of Sudan v. Harrison, the petitioner is appealing a decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Second [...]

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