Fight Over Berkeley Cellphone Warnings Returns to Court

The city of Berkeley’s five-year battle with the wireless industry over cellphone radiation warnings came to a head Thursday before a federal judge, who will decide whether the city’s 2015 ordinance requiring retailers to provide guidance on avoiding radio-frequency exposure is pre-empted by federal law.

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Driver’s Licenses

A federal court in Ohio ruled in favor of a class of Sudanese refugees, finding that the state’s policy denying driver’s licenses to individuals who hold a valid refugee admission form that is more than two years old is pre-empted by federal law. The REAL ID Act does not require an I-94 to be issued within the last two years to prove lawful presence in the country.

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Labor Law

A group of California truck drivers may pursue their claims that federal rules on interstate commerce preempt a labor law that makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors, a federal court in the state ruled. However, the driver’s dormant Commerce Clause and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration preemption claims were dismissed.

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