The Ohio House on Wednesday passed HB 164, titled the “Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019.” If enacted into law, this bill would protect students’ religious expressions in schools, whether they are students in public, STEM, community, or college-preparatory boarding schools. It would also ensure that activities involving religious expression are treated in the “same [...]

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The nation’s biggest private coal mining company, Murray Energy Holdings Co., and 98 affiliated debtors on Tuesday filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division. The company had entered into forbearance agreements on October 2 to hold outstanding loans under Superpriority Credit and Guaranty Agreement, with the forbearance [...]

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ordered an en banc rehearing of DC and Maryland v. Trump. The same court in July reversed and remanded a district court’s discovery instructions for potential Emoluments Clause violations. The violations at issue concern profits related to foreign government officials from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Tuesday that some of the Affordable Care Act‘s nondiscrimination rules based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy violate providers’ religious freedom. Judge Reed O’Connor found that these rules, included to prevent health care discrimination, violated the Administrative Procedure Act and [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday that prohibits law enforcement officers from using facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technologies in police-worn cameras. The bill outlines concerns related to the guaranteed right to privacy under the California Constitution. The bill equates facial recognition technologies as functionally equivalent to “requiring every person to [...]

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The US Department of Justice on Tuesday released an interim policy regarding the use of investigative methods that involve DNA analysis and genealogical research to create leads for unsolved crimes. The Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching is composed of nine sections that will guide the use of forensic genetic genealogy [...]

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The High Court of Paris (le Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris) ruled Tuesday that digital games purchased on the gaming platform Steam can be resold. The practice of reselling physical copies of games has been the norm for years. Valve, the publisher of Steam’s platform, sought to distinguish digital copies from physical copies to [...]

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President Donald Trump on Thursday continued efforts to prevent access to his tax returns by asking a federal judge in New York to block criminal prosecutors from accessing his tax documents. The Manhattan District Attorney recently subpoenaed Trump’s accountants, requesting eight years worth of state and federal returns. The records were requested as part of [...]

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