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SC rejects plea to stay jallikattu law
The HinduFebruary 1, 2017

The interlocutory applications filed by the NGOs against the new Tamil Nadu law were part of their 2016 writ petitions. The Bench has given them two weeks to file fresh writ petitions challenging the Tamil Nadu amendments. The State government and ...more »

California judge upholds public utility's subscriber data sharing
Northern California RecordFebruary 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California ordered last fall that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could hand over requested confidential subscriber information to The Utility Reform Network (TURN ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Milo Yiannopoulos' speech unwelcome in Berkeley, but protected by Constitution
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 3, 2017

When it's hate speech, our free speech is to shut him down.” That's the law in many European nations, where slurs based on race, sex or national origin are forbidden, but not in the United States, where the First Amendment protects free expression ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Freedom of speech talk stirs debate
The Brown Daily HeraldFebruary 6, 2017

Debate is what Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at the University of Chicago, came to the University to encourage, and debate is what he got. In a lecture at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs ... Contrary to the position ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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EEOC's Enforcement Guidance Urges Employers To Be Proactive in Preventing, Addressing Workplace Harassment
Lexology (registration)February 6, 2017

... any protected characteristic—not only race and color, national origin, religion, sexual, sex, age, and disability, but also such grounds as sex stereotyping, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ...more »

Native Americans
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A Step Toward Environmental Justice in North Carolina's Hog Country
Truth-OutFebruary 8, 2017

In 2015, the complainants and NCDEQ entered into an alternative dispute resolution process funded by the EPA. But the complainants withdrew from that process last year after NCDEQ attempted to bring representatives of the NC Pork Council and the ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Religious Freedom Still Isn't License to Discriminate
National ReviewFebruary 13, 2017

Last week, in response to a piece at Salon, I wrote a short post about the reality of religious-freedom legislation in America, which, I argued, is narrowly tailored to protect the consciences of those who believe that marriage is rightly understood as ...more »

Eminent Domain
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"80 Feet Is Enough!" Reveals Billboard
WSAUFebruary 3, 2017

MOSINEE, WI (WSAU) -- A group of Wisconsin landowners is struggling with eminent domain laws, and has started a billboard campaign to gather support. Mark Borchardt, founder of the group 80 Feet is Enough, says his land in the Wood County town of ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Predatory Behavior: The Dark Side of Capitol Hill
Roll CallFebruary 2, 2017

Seeking “confidential counseling” with the Office of Compliance is the first step in the dispute resolution process set up by the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act. Of the over 2,100 requests for counseling filed with the Office of Compliance since ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Are Tompkins residents using their right to know?
ithaca.comFebruary 3, 2017

There is a popular document among journalistic circles that flows like poetry, a call to action that instills a sense of responsibility for the press and the citizenry it serves to hold those that govern them accountable. It reads: “A free society is ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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'Give Us Your Passwords'
NextgovFebruary 10, 2017

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure—and even though the government has considerably more leeway to conduct searches at the border than it does anywhere else, federal judges have maintained searches at the ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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EXCLUSIVE: Freedom of the press is vital, but must be used responsibly, says Shashi Tharoor
ABP LiveFebruary 9, 2017

But at the same time that freedom must be used responsibly. Unfortunately, in our country, we are seeing some really low form of sensationalism which doesn't serve the public interest. Q3) Samajwadi Party (SP) is considered as one which failed to ...more »


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