Pilot’s License

The Coast Guard must administer to a professional mariner the written examination required to become a registered pilot under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act, a federal court in Washington ruled. The mariner claimed the Coast Guard violated the Administrative Procedure Act by misreading a “minimum trips” requirement and insisting that a positive recommendation from a pilot association was required before he could take the exam.

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Death Doulas

A federal court in California granted a preliminary injunction to a group of “end of life doulas” in their lawsuit challenging the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau’s demands they become licensed funeral directors. The doulas, associated with the nonprofit the Full Circle of LIving and Dying, offer “advice, counseling and other services to families and loved ones of those who are dying.”

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Pot Licenses

Two Black-owned business groups that were denied entry into Illinois’ marijuana dispensary lottery are suing the state for only qualifying 21 politically connected companies to receive 75 licenses worth more than $1 billion throughout the state. The unsuccessful applicants say they don’t have any recourse to challenge process, which gave the chosen companies an inherent advantage.

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