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Legal news from Thursday, July 27, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus curiae brief on Wednesday urging the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was fired for his sexual orientation. Donald Zarda alleges that his employment as a skydiving instructor with Altitude Express Inc was …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday in favor of Austria and Slovenia's deportation of refugees to Croatia, thereby requiring asylum-seekers to return to the first EU member state in which they arrive. In upholding these so-called Dublin Regulations, the court permitted nations to deport refugees who entered through an EU border state. In making …

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by Erik Slobe

The US House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday regarding sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, with a vote of 419-3. The sanctions against Iran are for the country's ballistic missile program, terrorism related activities and human rights violations. The sanctions against Russia are for human rights abuses, undermining cybersecurity, and providing weapons to …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Zimbabwe's parliament on Monday voted to amend its constitution to empower the president to handpick the nation's top judges. With this amendment, President Robert Mugabe will have substantially greater power than he did under the 2013 constitution. Under the previous version, the president's power in selecting top judges was limited, as he could only choose justices …

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by Erik Slobe

The Texas Senate voted Tuesday to advance SB 3, which has been referred to as the "bathroom bill." The bill requires persons using multi-occupancy restrooms, showers and changing facilities in a political subdivision, which includes public and open-charter schools, to use the restroom which matches the sex designated on their birth certificate or …

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