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Legal news from Saturday, December 31, 2016
by Brittany Felder

The State Council of China announced on Friday that it will ban all trade of ivory by the end of 2017. It is anticipated that the commercial processing of ivory will end in March 2017, and steps will be implemented to transition the cultural skill of carving ivory into carving of …

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by Brittany Felder

Starting on January 1, 2017 French companies will be required to guarantee employees a "right to disconnect" from technology, in an effort to combat the "always-on" mentality pervading our modern workforce. The new law will require companies to engage in negotiations with employees determining their rights to switch off and ways they can reduce the intrusion of …

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by William Theisen

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill No. 2524 (SB 2524) on Friday, which will delay part of a voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative by six months. Massachusetts citizens voted 53.7% to approve the "possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana," with the condition that it would be regulated similar to alcohol. The licensing of cannabis shops …

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by William Theisen

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday ruled that manufacturers of drugs used for lethal injections may remain anonymous in Ohio. The lawsuit, Fears v. Kasich, was brought by death row inmates who claimed that barring discovery that would lead to the identity of such manufacturers unlawfully prevented prosecution against those who …

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