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Legal news from Tuesday, May 31, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A legal adviser to the European Court of Justice issued an opinion Tuesday finding that an employer may ban an employee from wearing a headscarf for religious purposes. Written by Advocate General Juliane Kokott, the opinion holds that "If the ban is based on a general company rule which prohibits political, philosophical and religious symbols …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The UN Refuge Agency (UNHCR) reported Tuesday that more than 2,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean and enter into Europe in 2016, marking an increase from the previous year. In the past week alone, it is estimated that 880 people died after their vessels either sank or capsized along the dangerous passage. According …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Tuesday in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case concerning allegations that the insurance company defrauded the government in assessing damage following Hurricane Katrina. The court limited to grant to question 1: "What standard governs …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. that the Corps' determination that a property contains waters protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA) constitutes a "final agency action" reviewable under the Administrative Procedure Act. Respondents are engaged in peat mining in …

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