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The Biden administration announced Monday that it is reversing a controversial Trump-era rule that prohibited federally funded health care providers from making abortion referrals. The US Department of Health and Human Services issued the final regulation, which is aimed at ensuring access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services. The rule fulfills the Biden-Harris administration’s [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in person on Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the court in March 2020. Eight justices were present, with Justice Kavanaugh, who recently tested positive for the virus, attending remotely. The first case the justices heard was Mississippi v. Tennessee, an original case [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Council deemed Thursday the detention of environmental lawyer and the United States national Steven Donzinger was illegal. In February 2011, a court in Ecuador found Chevron Corporation liable for causing severe environmental and health damage to the Amazon rainforest by deliberately discharging billions of gallons of oil waste onto indigenous ancestral lands [...]

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Steven Donziger, a former attorney who has spent decades battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, was sentenced on Friday to six months in prison for criminal contempt of court. The initial dispute originated in 2011 after an Ecuadorian court rendered a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for allegedly dumping contaminated waste into the [...]

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US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday turned down an emergency appeal to block a New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school teachers. The case concerns an executive order issued by Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 23 mandating that all public school employees get vaccinated by October 1 or be placed [...]

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The US Supreme Court added five cases to its docket on Thursday following its “long conference” on September 27. Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate is a suit filed by the Republican Texas senator challenging a federal law that restricts when and how an electoral candidate can repay personal loans to their own [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by landlords challenging part of New York’s eviction moratorium statute. In December 2020, New York passed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Five landlords and a real estate industry trade group in [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Thursday that creates a system for decertifying police officers for serious misconduct and will increase the transparency of misconduct records. Police misconduct has increasingly been scrutinized in California, as well as throughout the US. In January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the launch of a civil rights investigation into an [...]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memo to NLRB regional offices on Wednesday stating her position that student-athletes at private universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects covered employees’ rights to form unions, collectively bargain, and engage in concerted activity for mutual aid [...]

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On Wednesday, Qualcomm, a widely-used cell phone chip manufacturer, won its bid to decertify an antitrust class against it. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that the trial court in the District of Northern California erred in certifying the class and remanded the case to reconsider certification [...]

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