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  • Supreme Court set to hear case over booking.com trademark registration 11 November 2019
    The US Supreme Court granted certiorari on Friday in case over booking.com trademark registration. The Solicitor General petitioned in July for the Supreme Court to hear the case. The case involves the travel website, booking.com, which attempted registration of a trademark for its website name. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register […]
  • UN votes 187-3 to condemn US embargo against Cuba 11 November 2019
    The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba. As stated in the resolution, the Obama administration modified several aspects of the embargo, such as lifting some travel restrictions. These policies “contrast” with measures implemented by current President Donald […]
  • Federal appeals court denies Wisconsin legislature’s move to intervene in abortion challenge 11 November 2019
    The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed the district court’s denial of the Wisconsin legislature’s motion to intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit to challenge state abortion regulations. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin sued against Wisconsin’s Attorney General to enjoin enforcement of state abortion regulations that it alleges violate the constitutional […]
  • India Supreme Court rules for Hindus in Ayodhya holy site dispute 11 November 2019
    The Supreme Court of India issued a unanimous ruling Saturday in the decades-long Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land case, finding for the Hindus. A small plot of land about 1500 square yards in the city of Ayodhya in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has traditionally been believed by Hindus to be the birthplace […]
  • Federal court reduces UPS damages for transporting cigarettes 8 November 2019
    The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reduced United Parcel Service’s (UPS) civil damages Thursday for transporting cigarettes to New York City. The decision reduced the district court’s order from $247 million in damages to $97.6 million. In an effort to combat tobacco related health issues, New York officials have passed excise taxes […]
  • China court sentences fentanyl traffickers 8 November 2019
    A Chinese Intermediate Court on Thursday sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers who conspired to manufacture and sell illicit drugs in violation of the national drug management law. This case arose when defendants Wang Fengxi and Xia zengqi registered “Tang Shen Technology Bio Co., Ltd.” and “Milin Biotechnology Co., Ltd.” to carry out the sales of pharmaceutical […]
  • House impeachment panel releases transcript of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent’s testimony 8 November 2019
    The three House of Representatives committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump released the transcript of the deposition by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent on Thursday. The House of Representatives is currently investigating Trump for allegedly attempting to induce the government of Ukraine into publicly launching an investigation into former Vice […]
  • New Zealand Parliament passes zero carbon bill 8 November 2019
    Lawmakers in New Zealand approved a bill on Thursday that aims to reduce the country’s non-biogenetic greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050. The Zero Carbon Bill provides a framework for limiting average global temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as set forth in the Paris Agreement. The bill establishes a Climate Change Commission, […]
  • North Carolina governor makes changes to voting laws 8 November 2019
    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper made two important changes to voter laws on Wednesday, vetoing Senate Bill 250 to remove foreign citizens from the rolls and signing Senate Bill 638 to restore Saturday early voting. Senate Bill 250 was intended to codify the common law requirement that jurors be US citizens and to share with […]
  • Trump ordered to pay $2 million for improper use of foundation funds 8 November 2019
    A New York state judge fined US President Donald Trump $2 million for improperly disbursing Trump Foundation funds through his 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Thursday court filing. The lawsuit stems from a 2016 televised fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in which Trump raised over $2.8 million to support charitable organizations serving veterans. The […]