Immigrant’s Arrest

A federal court in New York ruled that a Mexican immigrant may pursue his false arrest and Equal Protection claims against police officers who arrested him during a traffic stop. The immigrant was a passenger in the stopped vehicle, and at the time of the arrest, none of the officers had any evidence of the plaintiff’s immigration status, they only knew that he primarily spoke Spanish and “appeared Hispanic.”

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Cruise Ships

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that community organizations whose members own property in historic neighborhoods close to a proposed passenger cruise facility expansion in Charleston may pursue their claims against the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control and the state Ports Authority challenging the “propriety of state environmental authorizations.”

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Sandusky Prosecutor

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended for one year the law license of Frank Fina, who investigated and prosecuted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The court agreed with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that Fina had improperly obtained grand jury testimony from Penn State’s then-general counsel Cynthia Baldwin. 

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Telecoms

A federal court in Texas ruled in favor of the U.S. government on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei’s constitutional challenge to a law that excludes its and another Chinese company’s products and services from “sensitive United States systems, including government systems and government contractors,” because of security concerns.

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Pipelines and Preservation

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Narragansett Tribe, which was seeking an order to compel the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to amend its regulations. While the tribe waited for the agency’s actions on its motion to intervene in the permitting process for a gas pipeline, construction was completed, destroying more than 20 ceremonial stone features. 

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Tourism Contracts

An appeals court in Florida reversed an order quashing subpoenas seeking a media company’s records showing its actual costs to produce celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show “Emeril’s Florida.” The information is sought as part of the Florida House of Representatives’ investigation into the integrity of certain tourism promotion contracts. 

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Child Abuse

A father was properly sentenced for assault convictions relating to the abuse of his three teenage children who were imprisoned in a squalid bedroom in his ex-wife’s home, an Iowa appeals court ruled. One of the children died of emaciation. The father had challenged the court’s statements comparing his conduct to the “inaction of bystanders during the Holocaust and the Rohingya conflict in Myanmar.”

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Fraternities

A federal court in Connecticut dismissed a group of female undergraduate students’ Title IX claims against a group of fraternities, housing companies and Yale University relating to fraternities’ refusal to allow female members. One of the students, however, has plausibly claimed a hostile educational environment based on her allegations of being sexually assaulted and witnessing other assaults at fraternity events.

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