Livestock Hair Care

A cattle hair care product maker won a permanent injunction in federal court in Alabama against a local high schooler it had employed and his father and family friend. The former employee took a photo of the product’s formula and the founder of the company stumbled upon what he believed to be a counterfeiting operation. The student and other defendants are prohibited from working in the livestock hair care industry for three years.

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Pipeline Construction

Although Kinder Morgan violated the conditions of a biological opinion and incidental take statement designed to protect a federally protected bird species during its construction of a natural gas pipeline in the Texas Hill Country, a federal court in the state ruled, plaintiffs seeking to prohibit the company from engaging in clearing and construction are still not entitled to a preliminary injunction. 

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Helicopter Data

The Ninth Circuit narrowed an injunction granted in favor of Wilderness Watch, which ordered the “non-use and destruction” of data gathered from elk and wolves during a helicopter operation in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho. The circuit court found the order improperly imposed a delay on all future similar helicopter-assisted projects and should be applied only to projects in the wilderness area at issue.

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Judge Blocks White House Bid for Online 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints

Trump administration rules that would have made it easier to pass blueprints for untraceable “ghost guns” online did not take effect Monday, thanks to a preliminary injunction from a federal judge who said the federal rules could impair states’ ability to prevent terrorist threats, assassinations and other violence.

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Facebook Page Ban

A federal court in California granted a preliminary injunction to two members of Black Lives Matter, ordering the Sacramento County Sheriff to “unban” them from his Facebook page, finding that the plaintiffs have demonstrated that the page is a public forum and the sheriff “engaged in viewpoint discrimination” when he banned them. 

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