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The gun-rights group faces the possibility of further penalties, including the appointment of an independent monitor.

Marseille Fort Saint Jean in France
Marseille Fort Saint Jean in France

France’s far-right National Rally struggles to win in big cities. Marseille, the country's second-biggest urban area, is an exception — and not by chance.

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It may not have been absolutely the worst week of my life, but that’s because everyone at the hospital was so nice.

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Consumers who sued the cookware company Boston Foundry, which makes the popular Made In Cookware brand, for telling them its nonstick products lacked forever chemicals faced a partial setback in a Texas federal court. They may not bring their deceptive advertising claim over statements the cookware is “made without PFOAs,” since the products actually do have a different forever chemical than PFOAs. But copy indicating the cookware is “safe” and “100% non-toxic” raises “fact-intensive question[s]” that survive summary judgment.

The Utah Supreme Court held that the state legislature overstepped its authority when it nullified a voter-approved ballot initiative that prohibited partisan gerrymandering. Voters have a constitutional right to reform government by initiative, and the legislature’s repeal infringed on this right without serving a compelling government interest.

A panel of federal judges in Alabama ruled that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act grants private citizens a right of action, so they may sue over racially gerrymandered voting districts. Republican lawmakers held that only the Department of Justice may bring such claims, but this panel’s disagrees in its interpretation of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Milligan v. Allen — this very case.

The federal court in Guam partially dismissed a whistleblower’s qui tam action against some of the island’s revenue and tax officials, who allegedly declined to pursue complaints and reports about certain tax avoiders. The director and deputy director of the department are not dismissed from the suit.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals mostly upheld a lower court’s definition of “address” as it applies to this lawsuit over absentee ballot witnesses. That court’s declaratory judgment is altered, however, to reflect that a municipal clerk carrying out their duties will determine whether there is enough information to determine an address, and it is not the case that any “reasonable person in the community” is the standard.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 1.5 acres of spring pool and 11.4 miles of spring run across six Tennessee counties as critical habitat for the Barrens topminnow.

The Beastie Boys say that Chili's violated their copyright when it used their hit song "Sabotage" in advertisements that even lifted visual elements from the rap trio's music video without the band's consent.

Groups that work to protect New York's Lake George sued environmental regulators over a plan to add an experimental herbicide to the large freshwater lake, which has grappled for years with invasive plants.

Lululemon engaged in "greenwashing" when it falsely advertised that the athleisure brand has sustainable products and businesses practices, consumers say in a class action that claims the company is actually a major contributor of greenhouse gas and microplastic emissions.

Former Arkansas Governor and political commentator Mike Huckabee claims in a lawsuit that Meta allowed false ads to be published on Facebook that used his name and image to promote CBD gummies.

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