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Lawyers welcome U.S. court order to slow deportations of separated families

FILE PHOTO: Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Lawyers for immigrant families separated at the border by the U.S. government said a federal judge's order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give them breathing room as they struggled for access to clients.  Full Article 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during an announcement at The Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, U.S., August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

States sue U.S. to void state/local tax deduction cap

NEW YORK - Four U.S. states sued the federal government on Tuesday to void the new $10,000 cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes included in President Donald Trump's 2017 tax overhaul.  Full Article 

People listen at a town hall meeting on healthcare reform hosted by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) in Littleton, Colorado August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

House Republican backs effort to restore net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON - A Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he will back an uphill battle to try to force a vote to restore net neutrality rules that were overturned by the Trump administration.  Full Article 

Recent Legal News

IBM seeks $167 million from Groupon in dispute over early internet patents

WILMINGTON, Del. International Business Machines Corp on Monday asked a U.S. jury to award it $167 million in a lawsuit accusing e-commerce marketplace operator Groupon Inc of using patented technology without authorization.

Texas fetal tissue burial law on trial at U.S. court

AUSTIN, Texas A court hearing on a Texas law requiring the burial or cremation of aborted fetal tissue opened on Monday with the state arguing the requirement was a matter of dignity, while abortion providers called it unnecessary and aimed at impeding clinic operations.

Amazon workers strike in Germany, joining action in Spain and Poland

FRANKFURT Thousands of workers will walk off the job on Tuesday at Amazon warehouses in Germany to demand better working conditions, joining colleagues in Spain and Poland in taking action that coincides with a major sales promotion.

New York police ready to act in chokehold case; will not keep waiting for U.S.

NEW YORK The New York Police Department gave an ultimatum to the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, saying it would proceed with disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, absent action by federal prosecutors.

Ford agrees to $299.1 million U.S. Takata air bag settlement

WASHINGTON Ford Motor Co agreed to a so-called economic loss settlement of $299.1 million covering at least 6 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators, court documents filed in a federal court in Miami on Monday show.

Former Energy XXI CEO agrees to settle SEC charges

WASHINGTON The former chief executive of Energy XXI Ltd agreed to settle civil charges that he failed to disclose to investors more than $10 million in personal loans obtained from company vendors and a candidate for the company's board, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.

'Bowie Bonds' creator sues Ed Sheeran for copying Marvin Gaye hit

NEW YORK English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran was sued on Thursday for at least $100 million for allegedly copying large parts of Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" for his smash hit "Thinking Out Loud."

U.S. securities regulator unveils proposal to ease ETF approvals

WASHINGTON The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday voted unanimously to propose easing its rules for approving low-risk exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in what could potentially be a major win for the $3.5 trillion market.

Australia wins landmark WTO ruling on plain tobacco packaging

GENEVA Australia triumphed on Thursday in a major trade dispute over its pioneering "plain" tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organization judges rejecting a complaint brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic.

U.S. charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation's opioid epidemic in some cases.

6th Circuit delivers a lovely gift to class action plaintiffs. Will it stand?

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday (2018 WL 3421711) that hundreds of Ohio homeowners with groundwater contamination claims against Chevron, Aramark, Behr America and Behr Dayton can litigate as a class to determine seven key issues in the case, including each defendant’s responsibility for the alleged contamination.