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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Tattoos

A federal judge in New York ruled in favor of a video game developer in a copyright infringement suit brought by a company that claimed to own tattoo designs on certain basketball players – including LeBron James – whose images were featured in its games. The court ruled that tattooists granted the players “nonexclusive licenses” to use the tattoos as part of their likenesses.

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States Use Catholic Clergy Abuse Lists in Job Screens

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact with children? And, if so, how?

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