• Seattle Repeals Tax After Amazon Lobbying Blitz

    A tax on large businesses in Seattle that was slated to fund affordable housing and homeless services will be rescinded. It was passed unanimously one month ago, but Amazon, along with other businesses opposed it, and Amazon...

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  • Justice Thomas Wants To Abolish Exclusionary Rule

    According to an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the most important legal rule that protects Americans from illegal searches by police has no historical basis and the Supreme Court no authority to require states to...

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  • Legal Papers, Soaked In Pot, Smuggled Into Prison

    Legal packets, using fake logos but appropriating names of real defense attorneys, were among the ways an entrepreneurial ex-con managed to smuggle synthetic pot into federal prisons. The documents, according to prosecutors, were soaked with the cannabinoid...

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  • Binding Arbitration Ban R.I.P.? Not In California

    The California State Assembly has, by a wide margin, passed a law banning mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts. This development comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis. What...

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  • The Civil Rights Lawyer Who Set Himself on Fire

    A noted civil rights attorney, who later in his career turned to the climate change issue, committed suicide as an act of protest, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. He chose the early morning when no one would be...

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  • Split Rulings On Attack Ads In Supreme Court Election

    Judicial Crisis Network, a right-wing judicial advocacy organization that uses money from anonymous sources to fund attacks against liberal court nominees and candidates, is embroiled in litigation prior to a May 22nd election for the Arkansas Supreme...

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  • Frenzied Speculation Over Kennedy Retirement

    With time starting to run out for confirmation before the mid-term elections, Republicans have their fingers crossed. “If you’re thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday,” was the message from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, delivered...

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  • Meet The World’s Most Consequential Regulator

    Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, will soon gain vast new powers to investigate and fine companies with headquarters in her country. Ireland is the European headquarters for Airbnb, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft, which owns...

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  • Boston Mobster “Cadillac Frank” Salemme On Trial For 1993 Murder

    The bust of an industrial-sized marijuana farm in an old warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island, yielded an unexpected result, the indictment of former Mafia chieftain “Cadillac Frank” Salemme for a 1993 murder. Salemme, 84, was a street...

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  • NDA Ban Can Be Nullified By Complainant

    The state of New York has enacted several new laws that address sexual harassment. The prohibition against non-disclosure agreements has been well-publicized, but in a client alert, the Arent Fox firm points out an open question. It...

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