Seven Die in Indian Factory That Supplies US

Shouting and crying, workers in an Indian denim factory struggled to claw their way up a ladder to a door, their only exit as a fire blazed through fabric and machinery, officials say. Seven people died in the weekend blaze, and families were still waiting Wednesday to recover loved ones’ bodies.

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Labor Law

A group of California truck drivers may pursue their claims that federal rules on interstate commerce preempt a labor law that makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors, a federal court in the state ruled. However, the driver’s dormant Commerce Clause and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration preemption claims were dismissed.

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Legal Secretary

A federal court in Texas recommended against dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge by a former legal secretary who claims she was fired because the judge disagreed with political views she posted on Facebook. While Judge Kevin Patrick Yeary claims qualified immunity, the court cannot reach that conclusion based on the facts in the complaint. 

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States Use Catholic Clergy Abuse Lists in Job Screens

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact with children? And, if so, how?

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CNN Bias Case

A California Appeals court ruled that former CNN producer Stanley Wilson’s discrimination claims survive the network’s anti-SLAPP motion, finding that the “First Amendment does not preclude Wilson from showing that CNN’s proffered ground for terminating his employment was pretextual and that its real motive was discriminatory.”

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