Constructive Discharge

A former fire department’s chief of operations, who resigned after he was charged for domestic violence for “at least” the eighth time in his career, may pursue his due process and breach of contract claims against the city of Montgomery, a federal court in Alabama ruled. The plaintiff argues he was constructively discharged and not compensated for accrued annual leave or sick leave.

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‘Deathmatch’ Wrestling

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that professional wrestling personality Jim Cornette may pursue his trademark and right of publicity claims against “deathmatch” wrestler Brandon Graver, known as “G-Raver,” relating to a T-shirt design “G-Raver” sells that features a design resembling Cornette “gagged and bleeding, with tattoo needles sticking out of his head.”

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Botanical Garden

An appeals court in Ohio upheld part of a ruling in favor of the Cleveland Botanical Garden in a dispute with the heirs of 19th century industrialist Jeptha Wade, who gave the city in 1882 the land on which the garden now sits. The appeals court ruled the garden did not violate the 1882 deed by charging admission and parking fees, but found the lower court erred in determining the heirs no longer held an interest in the type of construction or fencing in and around the property.

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Voter Purge

A federal court in Wisconsin dismissed a suit brought by the League of Women Voters seeking to block a state court order that would have deactivated more than 200,000 voters in the state from the rolls because they moved without updating their mailing address. The suit is dismissed on ripeness grounds, as similar legislation is pending in state court.

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Music Licensing

A federal court in Tennessee denied Spotify’s motion to dismiss or transfer a copyright infringement suit brought by two Michigan-based companies affiliated with Eminem that claim the music streaming site made recordings of the rapper’s works available to its users “as if it possessed a valid license to do so, despite having obtained no such license.”

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Federal Judge Clears the Way for Portion of Border Wall Lawsuit to Proceed

President Donald Trump was within his constitutional authority to declare a national emergency at the southern border last year, a federal judge ruled Thursday, but environmental groups can move forward on a central challenge in their lawsuit: whether the president can divert $3.6 billion in military funds to build a border wall.

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Top Wisconsin Court Sides With Republicans on ID Rules for Absentee Voters

The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously ordered the clerk of a liberal-leaning county to stop advising voters that they do not have to present photo ID in order to cast their absentee ballot, in a win for state Republicans one week ahead of a primary election thrown into chaos by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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