Judge Orders Release of Attorney Communications in LA Utility Spat

A California judge ordered Los Angeles on Monday to produce attorney communications regarding a multimillion-dollar class action settlement over utility overcharges, to help determine whether the lawyer who represented the lead plaintiff also coordinated with the city and may have engaged in fraud.

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Judge Refuses to Toss Campaign Finance Charges Against Hunter

A federal judge denied U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s bid to dismiss federal campaign finance fraud charges Monday, saying there’s no evidence of a conflict of interest by prosecutors who attended a 2015 fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before Hunter became the first member of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump.

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Fourth Circuit Appears Skeptical of Trump Emoluments Case

Lawyers for President Donald Trump asked a sympathetic Fourth Circuit panel Tuesday to reject a lawsuit accusing him of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, which ban the president from receiving gifts from foreign or state governments while in office without congressional consent.

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Scott Pruitt’s Reign

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce documents demanded by the Sierra Club regarding 25 employees appointed by President Donald Trump or former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who have a history of close ties with industries regulated by EPA, industry advocacy groups, or anti-environmental politicians or political groups — relationships that raise grave concerns about conflicts of interests and the ability of polluting industries to disproportionately influence EPA policy.

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