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Legal news from Thursday, June 1, 2017
by Autumn Callan

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the US will no longer be part of the Paris climate accord. 195 nations have signed on to the deal making it a world-wide effort to curb global warming. Foreign leaders, business executive and Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, campaigned against withdrawal. Trump contested the climate agreement …

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by Meena Ansari

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit Wednesday against five major drug manufacturers for misleading marketing practices that led to a painkiller epidemic. DeWine filed suit in the Ross County Court of Common Pleas against the manufacturers of drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Dilaudid and Percoda, alleging that the companies spent $168 million …

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by Autumn Callan

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill on Wednesday that allows for transgender Oregonians to make updates to their birth certificates without publicly doing so through the court system. Before the legislation, amendments to document concerning people's names and genders were required to be publicly posted by the courts. The new bill also allows for changed records to …

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by Madison Chajson

The State Assembly of California approved the Immigrant Worker Protection Act on Wednesday in an effort to protect against workplace raids from ICE. The bill, AB 450, would prohibit California employers from allowing immigration agents to enter a workplace or to view their employees' files without a subpoena or a warrant. Furthermore, the bill aims to prevent …

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by Autumn Callan

California senators approved a bill in a 26-12 vote on Wednesday that will add a third gender option to state IDs for people who identify as non-binary. The bill will next pass to the Assembly and, if approved, will need to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Should Brown sign the bill, California will be the first …

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by Erik Slobe

A Bahrain court on Wednesday dissolved a major political party that has opposed the current government, an act that Amnesty International said is a step towards total suppression of human rights. The National Democratic Action Society (Wa'ad) was dissolved after the Ministry of Justice of Bahrain accused the group of "advocating violence, supporting terrorism and incitement …

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by Erik Slobe

Lawyers from ClientEarth filed a lawsuit against the UK government on Wednesday stating that the country's proposed plan for reducing the UK's air pollution is inadequate. On May 5, the UK Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) released a draft of the UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide, …

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