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Mountain Valley Pipeline

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit partially sided with the Sierra Club on its challenge to the Mountain Valley Pipeline that plans to run through Virginia and West Virginia. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is ordered to prepare an environmental impact statement pertaining to the project’s “unexpectedly severe erosion,” but the project is not halted in the interim.

Class action against Ring

SAN FRANCISCO — A California appellate court upheld the denial of video doorbell company Ring’s motion to compel arbitration in a class action alleging that it did not inform customers that basic recording, playback and screenshotting features were only usable if buyers paid an additional fee. Ring could not identify which of 10 versions of its terms of service governed and cited different exhibits inconsistently; inconsistent arguments should be rejected.

11th Circuit revives deaf discrimination suit

ATLANTA — The Eleventh Circuit reversed the lower court’s finding in favor of O’Reilly Auto Parts, which employed a deaf man who argued the auto shop violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide him with a sign language interpreter on several occasions and failing to text him summaries of nightly safety meetings. His inability to participate in the meetings may have adversely affected the terms of his employment.

Belarus upholds 8-year prison sentence for journalist of top Polish newspaper

Andrzej Poczobut had extensively covered mass protests that engulfed Belarus in 2020.

California’s top court takes up Monterey measure to halt new oil drilling

The backers of Measure Z continued to fight for the restrictions on new drilling after Monterey County settled with the oil industry in 2018.