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Legal news from Friday, May 19, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Romania's parliament approved legislation on Friday that facilitates financial support for Holocaust survivors. The law, which will be enforced starting July 1, will offer 400 lei (USD $97.98) per month for each year of deportation or detention to those who had their property taken or were forcefully removed from their homes to endure ghettos, concentration camps, death trains …

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by Autumn Callan

More than a dozen Democratic attorneys general filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that threatens key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday. House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), a suit currently pending in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was filed in …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced sanctions against eight Venezuelan Supreme Court justices for usurping democracy. The sanctions come after the court has issued controversial rulings, including dissolving the legislature. The rulings were met with backlash and protests. As a result the treasury announced sanctions against the justices pursuant …

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by Miracle Jones

The California Rifle and Pistol Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association (NRA), filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to prevent California from enforcing stricter gun laws. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief against the measure that limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds. The complaint argues the restrictions are in violation …

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by Autumn Callan

Sweden's Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, dropped the preliminary investigation of rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday. The decision was made on the grounds that in order to continue with court proceedings, Assange would need to be physically present. Assange has been protected by asylum, living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London …

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by Autumn Callan

Oregon became the second US state to enact legislation that makes it easier for transgender individuals to change the name and gender on their birth certificates on Thursday. The law allows transgender Oregon residents to amend their name and gender identification by filling out a form rather than having to post a public notice in …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Brazilian Supreme Court on Thursday authorized a corruption probe into President Michel Temer and his alleged involvement with the bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption case. Local news sources have cited the court's decision, but the Supreme Court has yet to release a copy of the decision …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to Congress Thursday communicating the Trump administration's intention to begin the process of re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is an international trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada, and has been in place since 1994. Lighthizer cited a lack of modernity in …

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