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The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a complaint from the state Texas of alleging that the state of California “unconstitutionally discriminated against Texans,” following a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Texas (and other states). The law prohibits California state agencies, departments, boards and commissions from requiring state employees from traveling to any [...]

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US District Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed a lawsuit Sunday challenging the participation of transgender athletes in girl’s high school sports. The plaintiffs, four cisgender girls, brought the lawsuit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The CIAC governs interscholastic athletic activities in Connecticut. In compliance with state law, they changed their policies to allow student-athletes [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday reinstated a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions in Tennessee. Tenn. Code § 39-15-202, enacted in 2015, mandated that women make two trips to an abortion client. On the first trip, women seeking abortions received mandatory counseling and information regarding abortion risks. Then, [...]

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The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a criminal complaint on Friday against Singaporean national Kwek Kee Seng for illicitly transporting oil into North Korea. Kewk Kee Seng is charged with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and conspiring to commit international money laundering. These charges arose after Kwek Kee [...]

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In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court held Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cannot demand equitable monetary relief under section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA). The case involved Scott Tucker, payday loan businessman and convicted racketeer, and his AMG Capital Management company. The FTC initially levied a $1.27 billion fine [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that non-citizens and non-residents can claim an aboriginal right under the constitution. The case was about the definition of “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. The court found the central question to be whether people who are not Canadian citizens or do not [...]

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The US Supreme Court Thursday held that Social Security disability claimants are not bound by the issue-exhaustion requirement in administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings. Writing for a 9-0 court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor concluded that although the Social Security claimants in Carr v. Saul did not raise the issue of an improper ALJ appointment at their [...]

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The US Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on Thursday with an overwhelmingly bi-partisan 94-1 vote, acknowledging the increase in discriminatory acts towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill if enacted into law will establish a new position within the US Department of Justice to “facilitate the [...]

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill on Wednesday “to require certain documentation be presented before performing an abortion when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.” The bill amends the Arkansas code restricting abortions of “viable fetuses,” providing that it “shall not prohibit the abortion of a viable fetus if the pregnancy [...]

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two cases involving one of its own precedents regarding felony firearms possession. The issues in both cases involves the federal law that prohibits felons from possessing firearms, 18 USC §922(g). Two years ago in Rehaif v. United States the Court held that in order to convict [...]

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