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Legal news from Wednesday, July 12, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered Tuesday that a Texas death-row inmate must be provided funds to build a defense against his impending execution. The decision comes two years after the court stayed the execution to consider an appeal that was filed on the grounds that the defendant was denied appointed counsel …

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by Autumn Callan

Two Pennsylvania high school students filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging their school district discriminated and violated their First Amendment rights by rejecting a proposal for an anti-abortion club. The suit was filed on behalf of the students by the Chicago-based public interest law firm, the Thomas Moore Society, against Parkland School District [official …

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by Autumn Callan

The British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a gay retiree's husband is entitled to the same pension benefits a wife would enjoy regardless of when payment into the program began. John Walker filed the suit against his employer, Innospec Ltd, when they refused to pay his pension in the event of his death …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule Monday, banning mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer agreements. The CFPB explained that mandatory arbitration agreements can prevent class action lawsuits and perpetuate harmful practices. The new rule will enforce the consumer's right to take part in group lawsuits. The CFPB hopes that the rule will promote …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, granted amnesty Monday to 3,252 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Since 2016, Colombia has granted renewed status to 7,400 guerrillas. As a result of the decree, "administrative amnesty" will be applied to political and related crimes. As a condition of protection …

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