Cases challenging Mississippi LGBT law refused hearing: US SC

On January 8, the US Supreme Court refused to review two cases challenging a Mississippi law that would permit businesses and government employees to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to safeguard a persons’ sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The bill, entitled “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination”, […]

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Legal Boot Camp for New Judges in New York

In a speech, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his plans of having a law in place by the end of 2018 that will ban fake news from elections. Days after a new German law went into effect, the announcement came that requires social media companies like Facebook and Twitter remove hate speech and fake news […]

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Much Twittering over a Tweet

Trump’s Twitter tirade It is unprecedented for a US president to conduct his foreign policy through tweets but the times, they are a-changin’ Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated ever since the new American administration took over. President Donald Trump didn’t help matters this week when he used a Twitter tirade the way […]

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Manafort Sues Justice Department, Mueller Over Russia Investigation

View PDF On January 3, the former Trump campaign official, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted for money laundering and making false statements, filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Filed under the Administrative Procedure Act, the suit challenges the DOJ’s order […]

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Pardon of former Peru President denounced: UN human rights experts

On December 28, 2017, a group of UN human rights experts denounced the grant of pardon to former Peru President Alberto Fujimori, calling it a “‘slap in the face’ to victims of human rights abuses.” According to the experts, “The presidential pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori on politically motivated grounds undermines the work of the […]

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Trump’s Jerusalem move ‘violates’ international law

The rector of a Malaysian university said that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital is a “glaring violation of international law”. Prof. Zaleha Kamarudin, rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia, said the legal status of Jerusalem cannot be changed by unilateral action. “Trump’s declaration is a glaring violation of international […]

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DACA document delivery stopped: US SC

On December 20, the US Supreme Court blocked the district court’s decision to force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to turn over more documents regarding former Secretary John Kelly’s determination to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The per curiam opinion states that the district court erred when it ordered further delivery […]

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Tax reform bill approved: US House

On December 20, the US House of Representatives voted 224-201 to give final approval to the sweeping Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. On December 19, 2017, the House had approved the legislation but was sent back for a revote due to a procedural issue. The reduction of the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent […]

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20+ opioid manufacturers and distributors sued: Ohio County

On December 15, officials in Lorain County, Ohio, in the midst of a growing and devastating opioid epidemic, filed a lawsuit in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas against 25 large drug companies and distributors of opioids for deceptive and misleading marketing practices. Earlier in 2017, a growing list of municipalities filed suit against […]

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US SEC warns investors on ICOs and cryptocurrencies

View PDF Considering the fact that there is rapid growth in the cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) markets—which are local, national and international and include an ever-broadening range of products and participants—the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 11, 2017 warned investors that no ICOs have been registered with the financial regulator […]

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LGBT job discrimination case declined hearing: US SC

On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Jameka Evans, a Georgia security guard who claims that she was harassed and ultimately forced to quit her job because she is s a lesbian. Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, contended […]

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