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Legal news from Wednesday, April 27, 2016
by Miracle Jones

Residents of Flint, Michigan, represented by attorney Michael Pitt, filed an administrative complaint against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday for negligence in handling the Flint water crisis. The suit alleges that the EPA was notified of contamination in the Flint water supply long before acting in any substantive way to mitigate the harm …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in McDonnell v. United States. The court is being asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell for taking official action to benefit a benefactor. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth …

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by Miracle Jones

A judge for Arizona's Superior Court of Maricopa County on Wednesdaydismissed a lawsuit alleging fraud and other grievances from the primary elections in Arizona for failure to state a claim for which relief can be granted. The plaintiff, John Brakey, alleged that the primary voting in Arizona was hampered with problems including a limited number of …

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by Miracle Jones

More than 700 citizens and residents of Japan filed lawsuits against the government Tuesday over new security laws that would allow the deployment of troops abroad to defend allies. The measure, backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, would allow for Japan to work with other international government entities in the fight against terrorism. Of concern …

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by Miracle Jones

Following an earlier court decision, Belgiam authorities on Wednesday completed the extradition of a terror suspect to France. Salah Abdeslam who is thought to be the criminal mastermind of the Paris terror attacks last year was extradited into French custody. Abdeslam is still facing charges in Belgium in connection with a terror attack in Brussels earlier this year. …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Heffernan v. City of Paterson that when an employer demotes an employee based on participation in a protected political activity, the employee is entitled to challenge the demotion under Section 1983 and the First Amendment, even when the employer demoted the employee based on …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) on Monday filed a petition with the US Supreme Court asking it to review a ruling that upheld the cancellation of the Redskins trademark. The Redskins requested that the court not consider the case unless it also takes up a similar disparaging …

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