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Legal news from Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The EUParliament on Wednesday approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU. CETA was passed by 408 votes to 254, with 33 abstentions. The deal, which , has been under negotiation since May 2009could come into force as early as April. The deal will remove tariffs on most traded goods and …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the Court of Appeals in Kenya on Wednesday ordered the release of seven officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) who were jailed earlier this week due to an ongoing strike. The decision of the court also mandates that they resume negotiations with the government to …

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by Autumn Callan

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Tuesday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order seeking to halt the seizure and destruction of the property of unhoused people living the city of Seattle. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the case on behalf of …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would block funding for state colleges and universities that have "sanctuary policies" and do not abide by state and federal immigration laws. Sanctuary policies are designed to protect certain immigrants from deportation. The bill, referred to as "Americans First Act," was passed by a 72-28 …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Anthem filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in an attempt to block Cigna Corp from terminating their proposed $54 billion deal. The deal in question would have created the largest membership of any US health insurer. Cigna ended the merger after a federal judge ruled against the merger last week, …

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by Justin Cosgrove

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proposed a compromise on Tuesday to repeal HB2, also known as the "bathroom bill." The compromise strikes HB2, imposes tougher penalties for crimes committed in restrooms and dressing rooms, and requires local governments to provide notice before adopting non-discrimination ordinances. HB2 provides that individuals must use …

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by Autumn Callan

Civil rights lawyers filed a lawsuit Monday after immigration agents in Washington state detained a 23-year-old immigrant who was protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an executive order that prevents immigrants who were brought into the US as children from being deported and gives them the opportunity to legally obtain …

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by Akira Tomlinson

US President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday that repeals a regulation requiring energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule, enacted under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, mandated that US energy companies disclose royalties or other payments made to governments to combat corruption involved in …

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by Erik Slobe

The European Commission gave final warnings to Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK Wednesday for failing to address air pollution. The countries have repeatedly failed to meet the NO2 air pollution limits, as set by Directive 2008/50/EC. The limits were exceeded by 28 air quality zones in Germany, 19 air quality zones in …

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by Erik Slobe

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday that prohibits New York City from imposing a fee on plastic bags. New York City (NYC) was one day away from enacting a 5 cent fee on the use of plastic bags. The bill signed by Cuomo requires that "no city with a population over 1 …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A judicial official on Tuesday ruled in favor of Georgia in a water consumption dispute with Florida. The official urged the US Supreme Court to reject water consumption limits placed on Georgia, which the state argued would constitute billions of dollars in losses to Georgia's economy. Ralph Lancaster, a special master appointed …

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by Emelina Perez

Argentine prosecutor Juan Pedro Zoni asked a court on Tuesday to investigate President Mauricio Macri and other government officials over a deal the national government made with a company owned by Macri's family. Zoni is also seeking to investigate Communication Minister Oscar Aguad and the director of legal affairs for the Communication …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a Volkswagen (VW) settlement meant to buy back more than 80,000 vehicles. The settlement outlines a $1.22 billion plan to buy back polluting 3.0 liter diesel-engine vehicles. Volkswagen may end up being forced to pay over $4.04 billion if their fixes are not …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling in favor of a pro-marijuana student group that was barred from using university trademarks. Iowa State University (ISU) allows student organizations to use its name and insignia on merchandise to raise awareness for causes. However, the school's …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Parliament of Montenegro on Monday provisionally approved a motion requesting that immunity be lifted for two officials possibly involved in an attempted coup last October. The motion, raised by Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic, named parliament members Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic. They have been accused of "creating a criminal organization ... and preparing …

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by Miracle Jones

A group of UN human rights experts urged Kenya on Tuesday to stop crackdowns on human rights groups to protect the integrity of the August elections. The experts warned the crackdown on the rights groups could delegitimize the election process and possibly trigger another uprising. According to the UN experts, the country has begun to intervene in the …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted Monday to block Washington, DC's Death with Dignity legislation. HJ Res 27 was voted out of committee by a 22-14 vote to begin the process of preventing physician assisted death after the city passed the measure last year. The move is permitted under the Home …

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