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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Beauty Law

An appeals court in Pennsylvania ruled in favor of two women who were denied cosmetology licenses after the state’s Board of Cosmetology determined they did not “demonstrate good moral character,” as required by the Beauty Culture Law, because of old convictions. The court agreed that it is “absurd” that the law only requires “good character” of cosmetology applicants, but not barber applicants.

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