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Legal news from Friday, September 1, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order Thursday, blocking Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure. The ban that was halted by Judge Lee Yeakel originates in Senate Bill 8 and would have taken …

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by Rachel Gerber

Individuals blocked from entering the US by President Donald Trump's original travel ban order can reapply for visas, under the terms of a settlement reached Thursday. Those who have a right to reapply are to be informed and notified of legal services that can aid them. The two main plaintiffs in this case, Hameed Khalid …

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by Erik Slobe

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday ruled that the United States Department of Labor overstepped its authority when it increased the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually. The court found that Congress had intended to exempt employees who work in a "bona …

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by Erik Slobe

Kenya's Supreme Court ruled 4-2 Friday to invalidate the recent presidential election. President Uhuru Kenyatta was reelected after winning 54 percent of the votes in the recent election, which was held on August 8. The petition, filed on August 18 by Raila Odinga, who won 44 percent of the vote, alleged that the election failed …

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by Lindsay Offutt

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Thursday expressed grave concern for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as the "cycle of violence" against them worsens. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh and nearly 18,000 more are attempting the same in response to the violent outbreak that ensued in Myanmar last week. Military action against this …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Ohio Governor John Kasich, Republican, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Democrat, sent a letter to Congress Thursday proposing a plan to preserve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stabilize the healthcare market. The governors suggest preservation of the ACA's unpopular individual mandate provision, noting that it may be the "most important …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Senior District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California on Thursday blocked a lawsuit filed by the state of Wyoming against Volkswagen AG (VW) over the diesel emission scandal. The court determined that because Volkswagen's illegal conduct occurred during the manufacturing process and impacted the US on a national level, …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Supreme Court of Florida on Thursday denied a petition by State Attorney Aramis Ayala challenging Governor Rick Scott's power to reassign her death penalty eligible cases. Ayala announced in March of this year that she would no longer be seeking the death penalty in cases handled by her …

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