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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on Wednesday levied $57 million in fines against Robinhood Financial LLC. It also ordered $12.6 million in restitution for thousands of “harmed customers” for the trading platform’s “systemic supervisory failures.” Collectively, these sanctions represent the largest that FINRA has ordered on a member firm to date. FINRA asserts that [...]

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The State Department on Wednesday issued a statement that it is working to add a gender marker for nonbinary, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals to U.S. passports. The statement by Secretary Antony Blinken affirmed the department’s commitment “to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people.” Starting immediately, passport applicants will be able to [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an unsigned order maintaining a federal eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The dispute, Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services, involves an eviction ban ordered by the CDC. The moratorium was part of the government’s [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in PennEast Pipeline Co. v. New Jersey that the Natural Gas Act can grant private companies authority to take state-owned property to build a pipeline. Under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), a company seeking to build an interstate pipeline must obtain a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory [...]

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced on Monday that Juul Labs Inc., an electronic cigarette giant, will pay $40 million to North Carolina and make changes to its business practices to settle accusations that the company unlawfully marketed and sold products to young people. Juul allegedly fueled an increase in teenage vaping, including through [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday expressed their disagreement with the Eighth Circuit’s finding of qualified immunity for police officers in St. Louis whose use of excessive force in response to a suicide attempt led to the death of Nicholas Gilbert. They remanded the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. Gilbert had been [...]

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urged states to dismantle law enforcement’s systematic racism against African peoples on Monday in a report entitled “Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law [...]

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The US Supreme Court declined Monday to review a decision that allowed a transgender student to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity. Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm was originally filed in 2015 after Gavin Grimm, who was born as female but identifies as male, was denied the use of the boys’ [...]

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