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Friday, April 12, 2024

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In 2021, The Hague District Court ordered Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels, in a landmark case brought by climate activists.

by Molly Quell

The high court’s ruling raises new questions about permit fees enacted by lawmakers.

by Kelsey Reichmann

A Jan. 6 rioter wants the Supreme Court to prevent the Justice Department from lodging felony obstruction charges against individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol in 2021.

by Kelsey Reichmann

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Andrés Manuel Lỏpez Obrador, the president of Mexico, is the phoniest so-called ‘leftist’ in our hemisphere. AMLO is not a leftist. He’s an opportunist, who uses his daily press conferences to suborn the murder of journalists.

by Robert Kahn

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The Danish government's bill keeps going up, as farmers seek money for more minks than they lost in 2020's mass slaughter of the animals to avoid a Covid mutation.

by Mie Olsen

Friday Feature
A mosaic of the "Grumpy Cat" meme.

The real-life Grumpy Cat died five years ago — but for the company that owns the likeness of the oft-memed cat, the trademark lawsuits live on.

by Dave Byrnes

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Courts & the Law

In a little more than two years, Ippei Mizuhara managed to lose $40 million gambling on sports, federal prosecutors say.

by Hillel Aron

The judge expressed concern over Trump making "serious allegations and representations that have no apparent basis in fact."

by Erik Uebelacker

Trump's co-defendants argued at Friday's hearing that the special counsel failed to clearly detail their purported wrongdoing in their indictment.

by Steve Garrison

Health & the Law

A federal judge in D.C. noted that since rejecting a similar request for a temporary restraining order two weeks ago, the clinic had not shut down as it warned and had only laid off 25% of its staff.

by Ryan Knappenberger

Young women were also twice as likely to get permanent contraception procedures as young men following the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision in 2022, researchers report.

by Sam Ribakoff`

Around the Nation

Wall Street suffered the biggest sell-off of the year, as noisy inflation data has investors increasingly worried interest rate cuts will come later than originally predicted, if they come at all in 2024.

by Nick Rummell

Governor Gavin Newsom scored a win with the passage of a mental health proposition, though the measure's fate was in limbo for the first couple of weeks after the election.

by Alan Riquelmy

The high court’s ruling solves competing decisions in the lower courts about how to handle shareholder lawsuits over omissions from companies.

by Kelsey Reichmann

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service got wind of Truong's smuggling scheme after he was arrested in Vietnam with the songbirds strapped to his leg.

by Edvard Pettersson

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would require tech giants to pay a certain percentage of advertising revenue to media companies for linking to their content.

by AP

The high court expanded arbitration exemptions to employees who transport goods as part of their jobs.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Samuel Knopp, 24, and Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, were shot and killed in a dorm at University of Colorado in Colorado Springs on Feb. 16.

by Amanda Pampuro

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

Following 11 days of trial, a federal court in Arkansas ordered Walmart $101.2 million to London Luxury after the big box store wrongly canceled a contract with the manufacturer for pandemic protective gloves. London Luxury must pay $350,000 to the retail giant on counter-claims that the glove maker offered its global sourcing director incentives to overlook its own breaches of contract. The nine-person jury’s verdict was split.

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a libel lawsuit brought by former North Bronx congressional candidate Herbert Moreira-Brown, who was previously accused of rape when a reporter wrote an article about the lawsuit that was published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The article did not amount to defamation because the newspaper accurately reported the allegations, and Morreira-Brown could not show falsity.

The Fifth Circuit reversed a Texas federal court’s judgment in favor of the state’s criminal justice department, which was sued by a Muslim inmate who says he is unable to pray in peace. He has shown that Muslim inmates are given only one hour weekly for religious programming, much less than the six hours that Jewish and Native American inmates are allowed, and has proposed reasonable solutions to deficiencies in policy.

A federal court in Arkansas denied the state correctional department’s motion to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed by a prisoner who was stabbed 10 times by another inmate while watching TV. He says the prison should have protected him from this attack, but the state says his complaint should remain an internal matter. The court agrees the grievance has merit.

A federal court in Nevada denied a Russian car dealer’s shareholder’s request for an injunction after two of his display cars were sent to California and his U.S. Bank account was frozen following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He wants his account unfrozen, but does not satisfy any standard for such an injunction because he merely alleges the company president’s reasons for freezing his account are false and that the president has damaged the company. Venue is transferred to California.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Hunter Biden filed an interlocutory appeal with the Ninth Circuit on Friday, arguing a federal judge improperly rejected his bid to dismiss tax evasion charges because a plea agreement barred the special counsel from charging him.

Nassau County sued the state of New York over the shift of elections from odd to even years, claiming that doing so shaves a year off the terms of officials elected after enactment.

Jeremy Foster died two days after a Home Depot security guard tased and aggressively tried to detain him when he tried to shoplift building materials, Foster's brother charges in a negligence and wrongful death suit.

“I don’t believe a female should be doing this job," a lieutenant told Police Chief Jennifer Arbogast, part of sustained harassment she underwent until she was forced out of her job, she claims in state court.

Those who are arrested in Travis County aren't provided a counsel for initial bail hearings, one such arrestee says in a class action that accuses the county of creating a "two-tier" system that favors those who can afford to hire an attorney.

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