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Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Rulings

The Eighth Circuit overturned Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law, which requires applicants to be at least 21 years old. The Second Amendment does not permit the state to keep citizens between 18 and 20 years old from lawfully carrying handguns in public.

Honda Motors will face a class action warranty lawsuit brought by the owners of certain Odysseys, Pilots and Ridgelines that were equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission that had faulty transmission and powertrain control modules. The cars shifted gears at the wrong times, damaging the cars; because Honda refused to repair some of the cars, some of the warranty claims survive. Others were time-barred.

A federal court in Louisiana denied a self-representing city employee’s hostile workplace claim filed against the city after he overheard a coworker use the N-word to a Black coworker in a private conversation. The Black employee joked about going to the coworker’s home to collect a sports bet, to which the other employee replied, “You will be one dead n****r.” The court rules that not just any use of the word in and of itself creates a hostile work environment, especially because it was only overheard and not said to the suing employee.

A Virginia trial court should not have resolved an Episcopal priest’s defamation claim against a bishop, ruled an appeals court, because the claims did not involve solely secular matters. Rather, the appellate judges ruled, the defamation claim was related to disciplinary proceedings over alleged sexual misconduct, which led to the priest’s removal from the ministry. Courts must abstain from adjudicating religious disputes.

A music publisher and the purported co-owner of the rights to the 1960s hit song “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love),” performed by Dick Holler & The Holidays, lost in a Louisiana federal court on their request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a company founded by the track’s co-songwriter. The songwriter and his communications company have shown more than a sheer possibility of entitlement to the song’s exclusive foreign rights.

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Quick Hits

The inflation rate in the European Union ticked down a notch, from 2.7% to 2.6% in June — much lower than the 6.4% felt in June 2023.

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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