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Legal news from Tuesday, April 18, 2017
by Miracle Jones

A new plaintiff joined a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York Tuesday accusing the current administration of unfair business practices by violating the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non profit organization who is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that …

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by Brittany Felder

Arizona Governor Doug Doucey on Monday signed into law a "Blue Lives Matter" law imposing stricter penalties on assaulting, even off duty, police officers. The bill creates new maximum and minimums for offenses against police officers and supporters of the bill, such as Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, have said it is a measure "to …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils that a Missouri statute, which served to expand insurance benefits for federal employees, is preempted under federal law. Under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (FEHBA), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission and Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.. In Kokesh, the court is asked to decide whether the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462 applies to claims for “disgorgement.” Under this statute of …

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by Rachel Gerber

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held unanimously in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger that a monetary sanction of bad faith conduct [Black's Law Dictionary backgrounder] is limited to the fees the innocent party incurred because of the conduct. Justice Kagan delivered the opinion of the court. We hold that such an order …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 10, legalizing the medicinal use of a marijuana extract, into law Monday. The bill, which was passed by both houses of the Wisconsin legislature earlier this year, allows patients to receive Cannabidiol from a physician or pharmacy with a prescription. The oil, which contains THC common in marijuana, will be …

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by Aaron Christenson

Russian authorities say they have detained, and obtained a confession from, a man linked to a terrorist metro bombing in St. Petersburg that killed 14 passengers. The Russian Federal Security Service says that Abror Azimov pled guilty to planning the attack. Officials say that, for his part, Azimov says that he does not object to being …

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by Jennifer Suder

Australia's Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, announced Tuesday that the country will be introducing stricter visa requirements for skilled foreign workers. The Prime Minister said the focus is to ensure that Australian jobs are "given to Australians first." The current 4-year work visa program, 457 visa program, which allows workers from overseas to live in Australia …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Paris Criminal Court, began a trial Tuesday over the alleged abuse of two minors by a French soldier in Burkina Faso in 2015. The French soldier, only recognized by the name Sebastian L., is alleged to film himself touching the young girls in a hotel pool. Sebastian was in Burkina Faso as part of a French strike …

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by Lars Peterson

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election to take place on June 8th of this year as opposed to the scheduled 2020 general election. May's decision to call for the election is thought to have been spurred by political divisions in parliament as the talks on Brexit with the European Union (EU) …

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