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  • Oregon House approves fracking ban 19 March 2019
    Oregon’s House of Representatives approved a bill Monday that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing for the exploration of or production of oil and gas in Oregon. The bill was passed by a vote of 42-12. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the bill would ban fracking until January 2, 2030. […]
  • Supreme Court rules certain immigrants do not have right to bond hearing 19 March 2019
    The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Nielsen v. Preap that immigrants who have committed certain crimes are not entitled to a bond hearing and once detained can be held in federal custody until their removal proceedings are resolved. In an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court overturned two Ninth Circuit decisions (Preap v. […]
  • Supreme Court rules maritime law allows manufacturer liability for harm caused by product modifications 19 March 2019
    The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that maritime tort law permits manufacturers to be sued for modifications to their products made by a third party when those modifications are known by the manufacturer. The suit was brought by two veterans, Kenneth McAfee and John DeVries, who alleged that they were exposed to asbestos while enlisted […]
  • Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B owner’s appeal in lesbian discrimination lawsuit 19 March 2019
    The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who turned away a lesbian couple due to her Christian beliefs, thus leaving open the question of what protections are afforded public business owners who act in violation of anti-discrimination laws but in accordance with closely held religious […]
  • SEC: Elon Musk’s tweet violated Tesla fraud settlement agreement 19 March 2019
    The US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) told a federal judge on Monday that Elon Musk’s tweet concerning Tesla Inc.’s production targets violated the settlement agreement with the SEC and an unambiguous court order approving the terms of the settlement. The SEC filed a motion in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in February, requesting to […]
  • Federal appeals court rules Alabama must disclose execution protocol to news organizations 19 March 2019
    The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that Alabama cannot keep its lethal injection protocol secret from the public. At issue was the failed execution of Doyle Hamm in February 2018. After several failed attempts to insert a needle into his veins, the execution was called off. The Associated Press and […]
  • Israel court rules banks cannot put blanket ban on Bitcoin mining accounts but can reject depositslinked to criminal activity 19 March 2019
    An Israeli court ruled Sunday against a local bank that attempted to close accounts linked to Bitcoin over money laundering concerns. Judge Limor Bibi of the Tel Aviv District Court found the bank’s argument against depositing funds it suspected to be tied to criminal activity sound but rejected the bank’s request to close the account and […]
  • Supreme Court hears arguments in Virginia racial gerrymandering case 19 March 2019
    The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases: the Virginia racial gerrymandering case, Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill; and a reviewability of agency decision case, Smith v. Berryhill. The Virginia lawsuit was filed in 2014 by residents in 12 different districts in the state. The challengers contended that the legislature, by adopting the 2011 map […]
  • Arizona Supreme Court rules doctor-patient confidentiality does not extend to cases of Medicaid fraud 19 March 2019
    The Arizona Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that the statutory protections of doctor-patient privilege do not cover investigations into Medicaid fraud. The court rejected the claims of Chalice Zeitner, who appealed a fraud conviction on the basis that the court erred by allowing the introduction of medical records as well as the testimony of her […]
  • India environment court suspends plan to expand coal-based power plant 18 March 2019
    India’s environment tribunal, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), has suspended an environmental clearance issued by the government of the state of Karnataka for the expansion of an existing coal-based power plant in Udupi district. The state government had issued its environmental clearance for the proposed expansion in 2017. Friday’s decision saw the NGT take cognizance […]