Endangered Species

The Army Corps of Engineers was not authorized to allocate additional water to the needs of two endangered species along the Rio Grande, the Tenth Circuit ruled, tossing an environmental group’s suit seeking protections for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow.

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Empire Filming

A federal court in Illinois denied class certification to youths detained at a Cook County juvenile detention center who say they were required to remain in their living quarters and received delayed responses to medical issues while the television show Empire was filming at the facility. The court finds that the current class definition is overbroad.

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Teacher’s Union Dues

A federal court in California dismissed teachers’ claims that the California Teachers Association diverted their wages without their consent to fund union political activities and campaigns they do not wish to support. The California Education Code allows superintendents to deduct dues from members who voluntarily join unions.

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Suit Claims Wisconsin Agency Discriminates Against Customer-Generated Energy

Renewable-energy advocates filed a lawsuit against a Wisconsin state regulatory agency Thursday, claiming it is shorting utility customers producing energy from renewable sources for the juice they sell back to the state’s major utility company and giving preferential pricing to that monopoly for its own power.

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