Hair Harassment

The Fifth Circuit revived a Black high school student’s harassment claims against a school board relating to the way his school treated him because of his “two toned” blonde hairstyle. The student claims he was punished for dyeing his hair when female students and students of other races were not, and he claims a dean ridiculed him for his hairstyle, calling him a “thug” and a ”fool.”

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Coast Guard Blamed for Death of Immigrant Trying to Cross Border

Why a Coast Guard vessel suddenly accelerated in a channel between Mexico and the U.S. just before a 24-year-old Mexican national trying to cross was killed by the boat’s propeller is a mystery, an attorney for the woman’s family told a Fifth Circuit panel Tuesday.

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Panel Asked to Reject Class Status in Suit Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire

Arguing before a Fifth Circuit panel Thursday, an attorney for a chemical manufacturer challenged the approval of class certification for 20,000 landowners within a 7-mile radius of the company’s Houston-area plant, which caught fire and exploded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Landowners Lose Again in Fight to Strip Protections for Rare Spider

A rare species of blind, cave-dwelling spider in the Central Texas hill country will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act for now, despite a legal fight brought by landowners and private property advocates who claim the spider’s protection has threatened development projects and led to tens of millions of dollars in permitting costs.

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Democrats Grill Fifth Circuit Nominee on Past Political Stances

A Mississippi state court judge nominated to a seat on the Fifth Circuit faced opposition from Senate Democrats on Wednesday for his partisan past, particularly his support of voter identification laws and criticism of the Affordable Care Act.

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