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Legal news from Thursday, October 19, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) proposed a bipartisan bill Wednesday intended to "stabilize individual market premiums for the 2018 and 2019 plan years and provide meaningful State flexibility." The bill is co-sponsored by 24 senators, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, and the draft currently proposed would stabilize funding of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) …

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by Rachel Gerber

Brazil's federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged individuals instrumental in obtaining Brazil's bid for the Olympic Games held last summer. Most notable of those charged of bribery are Carlos Nuzman, head of Brazil's Olympic Committee, Leonardo Gryner, right-hand man of Nuzman on the committee, and Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, former Trump Hotel …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling permitting a 17-year-old unidentified undocumented immigrant to have an abortion by her own choice. In her declaration statement to the lower court, the teenager claimed that the government forced her "to obtain counseling from a …

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by Kelly B. Cullen

The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Monday began trial in Common Cause v. Rucho, a consolidated partisan gerrymandering case brought by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, among others. The lawsuit challenges North Carolina's newest map after the Supreme Court upheld a district …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit upheld a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling on Tuesday stating that "it was not unreasonable for the FCC to gather more information from relevant parties before deciding whether to compel broadcasters to translate emergency alerts and broadcast them in languages in addition to English." The …

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by Miracle Jones

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday accused Myanmar security forces of committing crimes against humanity in their expelling of the Rohingya Muslim population. The report, entitled "My World Is Finished": Rohingya Targeted in Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar, gives first-hand accounts of survivors fleeing the alleged genocide. AI spoke with refugees, used satellite …

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by Miracle Jones

Quebec's National Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure to require those who wear face veils to remove them when using public services. The stated purpose of Bill 62 is to enforce compliance with the state's religious neutrality. Given the State's religious neutrality, the purpose of this Act is to establish measures to foster adherence …

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by Lindsay Offutt

US veterans filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against five big pharmaceutical firms for funding terrorist organizations in Iraq. The suit was brought by more than 100 US veterans and their families for injuries sustained in combating terrorist forces in Iraq. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, …

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by Erik Slobe

Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a petition to block the Bundesbank from participating in the European Central Bank plan to purchase bonds. The European Central Bank is currently purchasing 2.3 trillion euros ($2.7 trillion) worth of bonds in order to keep inflation rates at just under 2 percent. So far, …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against international mining group Rio Tinto and two of its chief executives alleging fraud and deception in violation of federal law. The SEC's allegations stem from Rio Tinto's $3.7 billion acquisition of a coal mining company in Mozambique, led by defendants former …

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