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Legal news from Friday, January 12, 2018
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court added 12 cases to its docket on Friday, including two Texas redistricting cases. The court had previously blocked two lower court rulings that mandated the redrawing of Texas' congressional and state legislative districts. The court has now added the cases, both called Abbott v. Perez, to its merits docket, consolidating them …

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by Christopher Hsu

Germany's highest federal court on Thursday overturned a lower federal court's acquittal of seven men charged with violating Germany's ban on wearing uniforms in public that convey a political message. In November 2016, seven men were arrested while they "patrolled" the streets of downtown Wuppertal, purportedly attempting to enforce strict interpretations of …

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by Sean Rohtla

The Luxembourg Court of Cassation on Thursday reversed the conviction of "LuxLeaks" whistleblower Antoine Deltour who had leaked thousands of documents revealing tax breaks for major companies. Deltour, an employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), disclosed tax agreements between PWC clients, many of them large multinational companies, and the Luxembourg Direct Tax Authority. He had received a six-month suspended …

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by Patrick Sherry

The United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) on Thursday urged Congress to take drastic actions to remedy the disparity in public school funding in minority and low-income communities. The report calls on "ederal, state, and local government develop incentives to promote communities that are not racially segregated and do not have concentrated poverty, which …

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by Raven Moore

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday issued guidance that will allow states to require people to work as a condition to receiving Medicaid. CMS reasoned that health care is but one determinant of health, and that "a broad range of social, economic, and behavioral factors can have a major impact …

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by Brittney Zeller

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's voter ID law. Alabama's voter ID law was passed in 2011 in an effort to combat potential voter fraud. The law requires Alabama residents to present a form of photo identification when they go to …

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by Erik Slobe

Eleven Guantánamo inmates filed a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday claiming that their indefinite detention is due to President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim stance. The inmates argue they can only be kept at Guantánamo if their individual circumstances show that they would return to the …

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by Erik Slobe

The US House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that extends Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The bill was approved by a vote of 256-164. Title VII allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to target foreign persons outside of the US for surveillance and intelligence …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender student who said the district discriminated against him by not allowing him to use the men's restroom at his high school. The lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of the student, Ash Whitaker, by the …

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by David Zwier

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Deputy Director Leandra English to remove Mick Mulvaney as interim director. Judge Kelly Timothy wrote in the 46-page decision that, "he court finds that English is not …

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by Christopher Anderson

Russian metal tycoon Oleg Deripaska filed suit in New York state court Wednesday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates alleging fraud. Related charges were brought in 2014 in the Cayman Islands. This new claim relies in part on evidence from the unsealed indictment against Manafort stemming from Special Counsel Robert Muller's …

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