Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including a class accusing Anthem Blue Cross of ginning up a bait & switch; the Supreme Court struggling with the delicate issue of Venezuela oil rig seizure; Hulk Hogan accepting a $31 million settlement from Gawker, and more.
     
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     1.) Class Accuses Anthem Blue Cross of Ginning Up a Bait & Switch
     A class action in California accuses Anthem Blue Cross of planning a bait-and-switch scheme to begin on Jan. 1, by terminating its Preferred Provider Organization health plans and switching to Exclusive Provider Organization, limiting choice and violating the federal health care law.
     
     2.) Campaign-Disclosure Win in Montana Has Big Implications
     A federal judge in Montana upheld the state’s campaign-finance reporting and disclosure laws late Monday, clearing the way for what could become a significant challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling.
     
     3.) Tightening White House Race Roils Markets
     A surge by Donald Trump in the polls is roiling financial markets worldwide, as investors have begun to rethink their certainty of a victory by Hillary Clinton.
     
     4.) Hulk Hogan to Accept $31M Gawker Settlement
     After winning an astonishing $140 million in damages earlier this year, Hulk Hogan has decided to settle with Gawker over its publication of a sex tape featuring him for a fraction of that amount.
     
     5.) Montana Trapping Ban Faces Long Odds at Polls
     An animal-advocacy group has finally succeeded in getting an anti-trapping initiative on the Montana ballot. Twenty other states already have varying trapping prohibitions, but it may take several more tries in this rural state before such a ban passes.
     
     6.) Bayer Must Change Its Pesticide Advertising
     Bayer Cropscience, the world’s largest agrochemical company, buckled to Massachusetts’ demand that it stop advertising that its neonicotinoid pesticides are like “giving ‘a daily vitamin’ to plants,” though the chemicals have been linked to honeybee colony collapse disorder.
     
     7.) Justices Struggle With Delicate Issue of Venezuela Oil Rig Seizure
     The Supreme Court on Wednesday closely scrutinized the delicate issue of when a foreign government can be sued in U.S. court – a case whose outcome could make it easier to file such lawsuits, but could also lead to retaliation against the United States by other countries.
     
     8.) En Banc 4th Circuit to Hear Meeting Prayer Case
     The Fourth Circuit granted en banc review to the question of whether lawmaker-led prayers before a county commission meeting are constitutional.

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