Work Products

The work product doctrine applies to documents the Massachusetts attorney general demanded from Facebook relating to an investigation into whether the social media company “misrepresented the extent to which it protected or misused user data,” the state’s highest court ruled. However, the AG has shown a “substantial need” for the documents that constitute fact work product.

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Employment Discrimination

A provision in Washington’s Law Against Discrimination that exempts religious nonprofits from the definition of “employer” does not violate the state’s constitution, a federal court ruled, but it may be unconstitutional as applied to a lawyer who was denied a staff attorney position at a Christian organization that helps the homeless because he disclosed that he was in a same-sex relationship.

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Financial Reporting Exemptions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau raised the thresholds at which financial institutions are required to report mortgage loans under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, so that “thousands of lending institutions will become exempt from reporting HMDA data, undermining the effectiveness of HMDA in achieving its statutory purposes,” the National Community Reinvestment Coalition claims in a federal complaint.

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Confidential Hen Info

A federal court must reexamine evidence in a dispute over whether information about the living conditions of hens on egg farms is confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled, because the Supreme Court’s ruling in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media rewrote the definition for the term “confidential.”

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Child Abuse Reporting

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

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Klobuchar Says Trump Biofuel Waivers Hurt Rural Farmers

Rebuking the White House for giving some oil refiners a pass on the amount of ethanol they must mix into gasoline, U.S. Senator and Democratic hopeful Amy Klobuchar accused the president Thursday of breaking his promises to rural farmers.

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