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Legal news from Tuesday, June 30, 2015
by Steven Wildberger

French officials on Tuesday ordered the trial of two senior executives for Uber Technologies on allegations of maintaining an illegal taxi service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal, general managers for Western Europe and France respectively, were detained on Monday for alleged violations of a French transportation law that bans running unlicensed taxi services. The two …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida decision when it ruled that the Menominee Tribe was not entitled to tolling of …

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by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted a motion to stay, allowing over half of Texas' 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit earlier this …

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by Brittany Felder

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. Gharsalli said he suspected an even larger network …

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by Alexandra Farone

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) released a final environmental impact statement on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens, the report cited significant water withdrawals, increased stormwater runoffs, potential severe flooding and …

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by Valerie Howell

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee said Monday that extremist groups' destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones could amount to war crimes. The committee noted particularly the Islamic State's (IS) destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq, and was deeply concerned about the group's capture of Palmyra in May. Both cities …

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by Valerie Howell

Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death marks the country's first assassination of a senior official in …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Fisher was …

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