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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Tuesday ruled that Germany’s data retention statute is not compatible with EU law. German telecommunication companies SpaceNet and Telekom Deutschland brought actions in German courts arguing that Germany’s Law on Telecommunications (TKG) breached EU rules. The TGK law imposed an obligation on telecom operators to retain customers’ traffic data [...]

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against ecommerce company Amazon, accusing the company of stifling competition and creating artificial pricing floors. The 84-page complaint was filed in San Francisco Superior Court and argues that Amazon’s anticompetitive practices are in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Cartwright Act. The lawsuit mirrors [...]

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday appointed Austrian diplomat Volker Türk to be the next High Commissioner for Human Rights. Following approval by the UN General Assembly, Türk will replace Chilean national Michelle Bachelet, who decided not to seek a second term after she served as the High Commissioner for Human Rights from September 1, 2018, until August 31, [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU) and a group of 10 news organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging an Arizona law that makes it a crime for the public to record law enforcement within eight feet without an officer’s permission. The law was signed by Republican Governor Doug Ducey in July. The suit [...]

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on slavery Tomoya Obokata released a report Tuesday on contemporary forms of slavery where he found that it was “reasonable to conclude” that forced labor “among Uygur, Kazakh and other ethnic minorities in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing” is taking place in China’s Xinjiang region. Obokata’s assessment was made “based [...]

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Wyoming Judge Melissa Owens granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the state’s abortion ban, protecting abortion access while litigation against the law moves forward. “The legislature cannot pass a discriminatory law on the basis of sex that restricts the constitutionally protected right to make one’s own health care decisions,” Judge Ownes wrote. Wyoming Governor, Mark [...]

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Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced Wednesday that the state is suing retail pharmacy giant Walgreens, accusing the chain of contributing to the state’s opioid crisis by failing to maintain effective controls against the abuse of opioids. The lawsuit states that between 2006 and 2020 Walgreens distributed over 1.1 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, amounting [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rule on drone identification. Brennan v. Dickson was brought by Tyler Brennan, a drone user, and the drone equipment retailer owned by Brennan, RaceDayQuads LLC, challenging the FAA over its Remote Identification Rule of April 2021. The rule requires drone manufacturers [...]

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The UN Human Rights Committee Wednesday called for Hong Kong authorities to take urgent steps to repeal the Beijing-decreed national security law amid concerns of the legislation threatening civil rights. Within the report, the Committee expressed deep concern about “the overly broad interpretation” of the law, which it reports has led to the “arrests of [...]

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The European Commission Friday launched four new infringement procedures, or legal action, against the UK for not complying with significant rules governing trading arrangements for Northern Ireland. The EU governing body’s press statement explained that “the UK’s unwillingness to engage in meaningful discussion since last Friday and the continued passage of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill [...]

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