Account holders Thursday filed a class action lawsuit against PayPal in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that PayPal violated racketeering laws under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. PayPal also allegedly violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and the California Business & Professions Code. Plaintiffs [...]

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The State Council of China amended its tobacco monopoly law Friday to include regulations for e-cigarettes and vaping. This result comes after months of deliberation by the Chinese government to regulate electronic tobacco consumption. E-cigarette sales have been functioning in the grey area of the law since they became popular in China. Following the amendment, [...]

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The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has fined several Chinese Big Tech companies for failing to adhere to competition law regulations. The companies listed are fined up to 500,000 yuan (US$ 76,000), the maximum penalty under China’s competition law. The companies listed included e-commerce conglomerates Alibaba, JD and Tencent. They were charged for [...]

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The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld its November 6 decision to temporarily stop the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private businesses. The mandate, known as the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Vaccination and Testing was published last Saturday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The ETS challenge was filed by [...]

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A US federal grand jury has indicted former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon on two charges of contempt of Congress. The indictment stemmed from Bannon’s failure to comply with a House Select Committee subpoena regarding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bannon is charged under Title 2 Chapter 6 Section 192 of the [...]

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Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar released a Joint Resolution on Friday which seeks to block President Biden’s $650 million arms deal with Saudi Arabia. This will be the first major arms sale to Saudi Arabia since Biden took office in January 2021. The deal has been widely criticized as the President going against his campaign promise [...]

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The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has imposed a temporary injunction on the vaccine mandate from the Biden administration that requires businesses to vaccinate and test its workers. The mandate is called the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Vaccination and Testing, and it was published Saturday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The [...]

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The Chinese government has established a set of rules Friday that criminalizes any person or entity with pro-democracy inclinations for Taiwan. This was a follow-up to China’s proposal in 2020 when the CCP announced a global blacklist structure to proscribe Taiwan secessionists. The rules will work with the global blacklist, banning and imposing lifetime criminal [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will review a conviction of several climate activists for protesting on Swiss bank Credit Suisse’s grounds. While the activists were initially acquitted in January 2020, the Swiss appeal court reversed that decision. The case was seen as an important precedent for climate protestors. The climate protestors were university [...]

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G20 have agreed to endorse a 15% global minimum corporate tax during the summit in Rome. The tax framework was proposed by the OECD in July 2021 as a method to challenge new tax issues that have been created by an increasingly digital economy. The landmark agreement involving 136 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 90% of global GDP, [...]

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