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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Thursday ruled that Harvard University does not need to relinquish slave photos taken for a Harvard professor’s racist 1850 study to the photo subjects’ descendant, Tamara Lanier. However, Lanier can sue Harvard for emotional distress “as a result of Harvard’s mistreatment of her” In 1850, a Harvard professor conducted [...]

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The UK Government Thursday announced a law to minimize the impact of strike action on businesses by authorizing the use of temporary staff. The government aims to reduce business disruption caused by strike action by “removing the restrictions on employment businesses supplying temporary workers to cover striking staff.” As a result, companies’ freedom to fill [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) to all JUUL Labs Inc. products currently marketed in the US. As a result of the MDOs, JUUL must cease selling and distributing products in the US. In order for a company in the US to legally market a new tobacco product, that [...]

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The man charged with attempting to murder US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday pleaded not guilty in a Maryland federal court. The man, Nicholas John Roske, will remain incarcerated. Roske’s initial appearance is not yet scheduled. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) last week released Roske’s indictment. The DOJ charged Roske with attempting to [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Wednesday announced that a grand jury indicted former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Demetric Gillum and the Board Chair and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks on 21 charges, including making false statements to federal officials and wire fraud. The indictment alleges between 2016 [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday announced former Illinois State Senator Thomas E. Cullerton was sentenced to one year in federal prison for embezzlement. Cullerton plead guilty to a federal embezzlement charge that stemmed from his actions of “fraudulently receiving salary and benefits from a labor union” amounting to approximately $248,000. Teamsters Joint Council [...]

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Uber and Lyft drivers Tuesday initiated a class-action lawsuit alleging that the two companies engaged in price fixing which “increase customer prices even while suppressing driver pay.” The complaint alleges that vertical price fixing under California’s Cartwright Act is per se illegal and harmful to both drivers and riders. The plaintiffs asserted that if they are truly [...]

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A Delaware Superior Court Judge Tuesday ruled Fox Corp. must face a lawsuit claiming that Fox News Network published defamatory statements which accused Dominion Voting Systems Inc. of election fraud related to the 2020 US presidential election. Dominion alleged that Fox News adopted an election fraud narrative, centered on Dominion, to increase its viewers after the [...]

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The European Commission moved forward Wednesday with a proposed regulation aiming to cut pesticide use 50% by 2030 in order “to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe” Europe’s Pesticide Action Network (PAN) stated that “an 80% reduction of pesticides until 2030 and 100% until 2035″ overall will “benefit farmers’ long-term sustainability, the [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday announced a “groundbreaking” settlement agreement with Meta Platforms Inc., formerly known as Facebook Inc., to resolve claims of discriminatory advertising. The complaint alleged Facebook’s housing advertisements designed and provided advertisers with trait-based targeting, “lookalike” targeting, and delivery determinations. Further, this case is the DOJ’s first case in which [...]

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