US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019” (the “Act”), reaffirming and amending the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992. The Act allows sanctions to be imposed on individuals undermining fundamental freedoms and autonomy in Hong Kong. The president is authorized under the [...]

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed a series of childhood sexual abuse protections into law, matching Grand Jury recommendations following investigations into clergy scandals. Central to these new laws is HB 962, which provides that victims under 18 will now be granted 37 years instead of 12 years to pursue civil actions, with the [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday remanded a case challenging the constitutionality of Alaska’s $500 limit on campaign contributions from individuals to either a candidate or a group other than a political party. This case arose in 2015 when two Alaska residents, Aaron Downing and Jim Crawford, contributed the maximum amounts permitted under Alaska law to [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Friday granted the government’s petition to hear a dispute over whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) allows lawsuits for money damages against individual federal employees who placed individuals on the “no fly list.” This case arose when several Muslin men—Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibah and Naveed Shinwari—alleged that in retaliation [...]

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) said Thursday that it will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021. Over the last five years the EIB has provided more than €65 billion of financing for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy distribution. “We will stop financing fossil fuels and we will launch [...]

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The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba. As stated in the resolution, the Obama administration modified several aspects of the embargo, such as lifting some travel restrictions. These policies “contrast” with measures implemented by current President Donald [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed the district court’s denial of the Wisconsin legislature’s motion to intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit to challenge state abortion regulations. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin sued against Wisconsin’s Attorney General to enjoin enforcement of state abortion regulations that it alleges violate the constitutional [...]

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A Chinese Intermediate Court on Thursday sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers who conspired to manufacture and sell illicit drugs in violation of the national drug management law. This case arose when defendants Wang Fengxi and Xia zengqi registered “Tang Shen Technology Bio Co., Ltd.” and “Milin Biotechnology Co., Ltd.” to carry out the sales of pharmaceutical [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may obtain disgorgement as “equitable relief” in civil enforcement actions for securities fraud violations. This case arose when Charles Liu and his wife, Xin Wang, misappropriated most of the approximately $27 million raised from Chinese investors under an EB-5 [...]

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