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Legal news from Friday, February 17, 2017
by Akira Tomlinson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) joined a whistleblower lawsuit on Thursday against UnitedHealth Group. The suit claims that the country's largest health insurer, and its affiliates, were overcharging the Medicare program millions of dollars. The suit also alleges that UnitedHealth Group was defrauding Medicare by claiming that their insurance members …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Cistrict on Thursday overturned Florida's 2011 Firearms Owners' Privacy Act (FOPA), also referred to as the "Docs vs. Glocks" law. The law prohibited doctors from entering information on gun ownership into a patient's medical record if it is not relevant to medical care or safety, prohibited doctors …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

An Oklahoma County District Judge on Thursday ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the recently confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to release thousands of e-mails between his office* and fossil fuel companies by the close of business on February 21. The order by Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons is the latest development …

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by William Theisen

US President Donald Trump signed legislation on Thursday, rolling back the Stream Protection Rule, or SPR, enacted during Barack Obama's term in December. In a press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, the White House administration said the SPR was an "overly burdensome regulation" that harmed "coal workers and the communities that …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The three-member UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan called Friday for the establishment of an independent system to investigate violations in South Sudan. The establishment of the system would help with the integration of the hybrid court, according to UN Commission, which was mandated by the Peace Agreement of 2015. According to chairperson of …

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by Erik Slobe

The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and several electricity generators filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) over the enactment of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). FEJA enacts Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) for two nuclear power plants …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that would overturn the Obama administration's rule prohibiting states from denying federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The bill passed in the House with a vote of 2300188. This legislation is viewed as the first step in the process of defunding …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Samsung's would be head Lee Jae-yong (Jay Y Lee) was arrested in Seoul on Friday on charges of bribery and undue influence in connection with a scandal involving South Korea President Park Geun-hye. In approving the warrant for the arrest, the Seoul Central District Court stated in a text message released to the press: …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday welcomed The Gambia's decision to remain in the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a statement Guterres issued through a spokesperson, he "welcomes that The Gambia will remain a State Party to the International Criminal Court's founding instrument." The statement went on to note that The Gambia …

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by William Theisen

The Parliament of Finland voted 120-48 on Friday to confirm a law allowing same-sex marriage. The law faced opposition from the Genuine Marriage Initiative, a conservative group that sought to keep the definition of marriage as "between a man and a woman" in Finland, the last Nordic country to …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday issued a stay of proceedings concerning President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. Representatives from the Department of Justice had asked the court to "'hold its consideration of the case until the President issues the new Order.' The United …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday blocked enforcement of the Mandatory Delay Law, which requires that a woman wait for 24 hours after receiving counseling from a physician before she can have an abortion. The law was deemed unconstitutional by the four-justice majority because it was found to violate a woman's right to privacy. …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a florist that refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). The WLAD bars "unfair practices of places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, amusement." According to the opinion, the florist argued that the WLAD did not …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Netherlands has proposed new legislation that will empower its government to block or undo mergers in the telecommunications sector. According to a statement from the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, the industries covered in this bill include what have been termed as "telephony and the Internet," internet hubs, data …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A Swedish court of appeals on Wednesday upheld the life sentence of a man convicted of genocide during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm found that Claver Berinkindi was guilty of murder, attempted murder and the kidnapping of thousands of people. The court …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled Wednesday that the state must place the names of both same-sex parents on their children's birth certificates. Judge Mary Geiger Lewis determined that the state's act preventing the placement of both parents' names went against the Supreme Court decision in …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Thursday denied an attempt from the country's vice president to halt a protest against her election. Social activist Leni Robredo was elected vice president in May over the son of the late former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is commonly known as Bongbong Marcos. Marcos organized …

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