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Legal news from Wednesday, September 20, 2017
by Matthew Santiago

British Prime Minister Theresa May told the UN General Assembly Wednesday that Internet companies must increase efforts to remove terrorist content from their online sites to prevent widespread distribution. While May acknowledged the efforts made thus far, she highlighted increasing efforts from terrorist groups to disseminate propaganda in a quicker fashion. May has …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN opened a treaty for signature on Wednesday prohibiting a wide range of nuclear weapon-related actions. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted during a UN conference in July by a vote of 122 to 1. The treaty acknowledges the risks of nuclear warfare and calls for the total elimination of …

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by Erik Slobe

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that evidence of a field sobriety test is not conclusive evidence of driving under the influence of marijuana. The court found that although there is clear scientific evidence that the field sobriety test performance can be used to measure blood alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent, no scientific …

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by Erik Slobe

Wisconsin's Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the state's right-to-work law, stating that the law does not violate the constitution. The right-to-work law prohibits requiring non-union members to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Challengers of the law claimed that it amounts to a taking without just compensation for the unions, who still must …

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by Jennifer Suder

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday blocked a 2015 San Fransisco ordinance that mandated health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks. The beverage industry sued San Francisco in July 2015, seeking injunctive relief to prevent the implementation of the ordinance, which was set to go into effect on …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by more than 100 Seattle police officers who claimed the city's new guidelines on using force jeopardized their safety, ruling that the officers' claims were unsubstantiated by the Constitution. In the opinion, the court stated:The City of Seattle has a …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday called on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect all refugees and asylum seekers in the wake of a deadly shooting incident last week. In Kamanyola, Congolese soldiers violently responded to a protest allegedly ignited by detained Burundians fearing deportation. Live rounds were reportedly …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on public and private bodies worldwide to further incorporate women into their economies for the sake of a more peaceful and sustainable future. Guterres highlighted the male-dominated nature of modern culture, stating that efforts must be continuously made to address gender inequality. According to Guterres, only 50 percent …

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by William Theisen

A Florida man filed a civil lawsuit against Florida Power & Light Company on Monday, claiming the utility company failed to make preparations that could have prevented some of the mass power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma last week. The lawsuit further claims that FPL had recently increased rates for the express purpose …

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by Lawrenz Fares

In a speech before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned the body of increasing political and social tension and instability around the world, urging respect for international humanitarian law. Guterres identified seven "threats and tests" that every nation around the world is currently facing: the increasing risk of nuclear conflict, international …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colombia dismissed two lawsuits against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Tuesday for their alleged negligence in their conduct surrounding the 2015 OPM data breach. The two lawsuits were filed by the American Federation of Government Employees and the National …

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