The US Supreme Court held on Wednesday that under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) an ambiguous contract could not compel parties to submit to class arbitration. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Writing the opinion for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts stated that “arbitration is strictly a [...]

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The Supreme Court of Wisconsin agreed Monday to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of a series of restrictive laws passed during a special session of the state legislature in late 2018. Following the election of Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul in 2018, the Republican-controlled state legislature convened a special session [...]

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday signed four gun control laws, setting up a fight over the limits of municipal authority over the regulation of firearms in Pennsylvania. Following the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October that killed 11, the Pittsburgh city council passed a series of gun control regulations aimed [...]

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The US Senate on Monday voted down a disaster aid bill that sought to provide additional funding to areas of the US struck by natural disasters over the last two years. Senate Democrats voted against the Republican-sponsored bill, saying that the proposal does too little to aid Puerto Rico. The island was devastated by Hurricane [...]

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The New York legislature signaled Thursday that it would approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ban single use plastic bags that he included in his 2019 state budget proposal. Cuomo proposed following suit with California and Hawaii in banning the use of plastic bags across the state. The move marks a reversal of his [...]

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