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Michal Bobek, Advocate General to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), published an opinion on Thursday stating that individual countries and cities could lawfully place restrictions on short-term rental housing, like that popularized on the platform AirBnb. Bobek wrote that “he objective of tackling a shortage of long-term housing can … constitute an overriding reason [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic failed to uphold their obligations regarding refugee quotas as required by law. The countries could face financial penalties for their actions. In 2015 EU leaders had established a refugee relocation program in response to the large numbers of asylum seekers [...]

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Thehe UK Supreme court ruled unanimously Wednesday that it will be forced to defer to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in cases involving EU law until Brexit is fully completed, placing the courts under EU jurisdiction. This ruling comes from a case involving input VAT deductions for supplies purchased in connection with the vitamin [...]

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The US House Oversight Committee asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Wednesday to ban the distribution of e-cigarettes due to the potential impact on the spread of COVID-19. The letter was signed by Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The House Committee had previously contacted the FDA in the summer of [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday in favor of Amazon in its landmark trademark dispute with the German wing of the international cosmetics giant Coty. The court found that “the mere storage by Amazon, in the context of its online marketplace (‘Amazon- Marketplace’), of goods which infringe trade mark rights does not constitute [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported evidence of two civilian deaths in Somalia from a US airstrike in February. The report details casualties from two separate airstrike attacks. On February 2, a family in the town of Jilib was eating dinner when a warhead struck their home. The report stated that, “Nurto Kusow Omar Abukar, an [...]

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Tuesday that they will release up to 3,5000 prisoners as well as take other measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the inmate population and the staff. One of the immediate changes is to, “expedite the transition to parole for eligible inmates who have 60 [...]

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