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Legal news from Wednesday, June 27, 2018
by William Hibbitts

East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide Wednesday after fatally shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. on June 19 during a traffic stop. The complaint, filed by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office cited multiple witness reports, a video of the shooting uploaded to various social media outlets, and Rosfeld's reputation …

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by William Hibbitts

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Janus vs. AFSCME that public sector unions cannot collect what the court calls "agency fee i.e., a percentage of the full union dues" from non-members. In a 5-4 ruling, the court, citing the First Amendment, held that the payment of agency fees forces nonmembers to "endorse ideas they …

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by Autumn Callan

Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, filed an appeal on Monday requesting a federal appeals court to review an order by District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia that requires Manafort to be detained in jail while he awaits trial on several felony charges. …

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by Kenneth Hall

The General Court of the EU held Tuesday that the privately owned website "france.com" cannot be registered as a private trademark. The court found that the "conceptual similarity" with a French trademark of the same name prohibited the domain name from being considered a valid trademark. The decision comes after the private domain owner appealed a …

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by Autumn Callan

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its policy to separate immigrant children from their families and refusal to allow asylum applicants entry along Southwestern border ports. The complaint describes reports of families who have sought asylum only to be unlawfully refused at the border on …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A three-judge federal panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the Virginia General Assembly violated the Equal Protection Clause by engaging in racial gerrymandering. The plaintiffs alleged that the General Assembly "predominantly relied on race" when drawing up 12 majority African-American voting districts for the 2011 election. The US Supreme Court previously upheld the voting plan for …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a suit on Monday against several oil companies, including Chevron Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation. The suit, brought by the state of California and the city of Oakland, alleged that the oil companies were a "public nuisance" under federal law …

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