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CashCall to pay $15 mln in settlement with Virginia attorney general ...
ReutersFebruary 1, 2017

Consumer lender CashCall has agreed to pay $15.3 million to settle claims by Virginia's attorney general that it engaged in a "rent-a-tribe" scheme, linking up ...more »

Judge refuses to unseal Russell Budd deposition, testimony linked to Baron & Budd asbestos memo
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 1, 2017

While the Baron & Budd case has been cleared off the court's docket for more than a decade, Biederman believes Budd's deposition, which is presumably centered on the “Terrell memo,” has relevancy to current asbestos litigation and would eventually play ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Is Trump's travel ban constitutional? Immigration law experts from both sides weigh in.
TheBlaze.comFebruary 4, 2017

The order bars people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days, raising serious questions from some on the Left as to whether the action is even constitutional. Already, more than a half-dozen ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Rex Smith: Free speech, pulpit speech and tax laws
Albany Times UnionFebruary 3, 2017

Each school day when I was a little boy began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed immediately by all the students bowing their heads and reciting the Lord's Prayer. There came a bit of stumbling between the children taught to forgive "trespasses ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Director of Opinion Video
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2017

The New York Times is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference ...more »

Native Americans
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Police Continue Harassing, Smearing Standing Rock Water Protectors
ObserverFebruary 7, 2017

Throughout the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the department has run several propaganda campaigns making outlandish claims, including mocking Native Americans in a Thanksgiving Day post that was later deleted, claiming that water ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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St. Louis passes bill protecting women from reproductive discrimination
Belleville News-DemocratFebruary 11, 2017

“The laws of the city of St. Louis now actively protect and promote the killing of unborn children,” Archbishop Robert Carlson said in a statement. The Post-Dispatch wrote that Thomas Buckley, general counsel to the Archdiocese, said the bill “promotes ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Chris Powell: Public education in state really isn't public at all
West Hartford NewsFebruary 16, 2017

... been exempted from disclosure under Connecticut's freedom-of-information law, an amendment to the law having been demanded by the teacher unions in response to a finding by the Freedom of Information Commission that the law required disclosure.more »

Sexual Harassment
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Former US law chief leads Uber probe
BBC NewsFebruary 21, 2017

On Sunday we learned that Uber was going to conduct an investigation into claims of serious sexual harassment, following a scathing blog post from a former employee. On Monday Uber boss Travis Kalanick sent an email to his employees with more ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Lawmakers vote for four ways to increase government secrecy
Daily PressFebruary 21, 2017

A bill that would make deliberately ignoring citizens' Freedom of Information Act requests a firing offense died in a state Senate committee Monday. The Senate General Laws committee also voted to shield records related to bingo and other charitable ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Federal court: Rental inspections may continue
The Oshkosh NorthwesternFebruary 13, 2017

GREEN BAY - A federal judge has ruled the city of Oshkosh may move forward with its rental inspections program as opponents continue to challenge the ordinance in court. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach denied a motion Monday by the Winnebago ...more »


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