Emissions Standards

An appeals court in Texas dismissed the state’s claims against Volkwagen Germany and Audi Germany over the car manufacturer’s installation of software in diesel cars that evaded compliance with federally mandated emissions standards. The companies’ activities were not “purposefully directed at Texas,” so its contacts with the state are “insufficient to confer specific jurisdiction.”

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Asylum Seekers

A federal court in California, writing that it “takes no pleasure in this holding,” ruled it lacks jurisdiction to review the claims of 128 asylum seekers who were denied the right to apply for asylum under a Trump administration’s policy of denying asylum to anyone who did not first seek it in Mexico or another country through which they traveled.

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