Law News Digest – Week of June 21, 2015

  Friday, June 26 Marriage equality now legal nationwide: In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex marriage is a right under the Constitution, and that no state may deny that right to its people. By combining two parts of the 14th amendment, both the “due process” clause and the “equal protection” clause, the Court says same-sex couples across

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Law News Digest – Week of June 14, 2015

June 19, 2015 EPA proposes new emissions standards for commercial vehicles: The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to require commercial vehicles to reduce fuel consumption by 24% by 2027. This would affect 18-wheelers, buses, delivery vans, and heavy-duty pickup trucks. The rules would reduce carbon pollution by an estimated 1.1 billion tons. The trucking industry and others are pushing back due to an increase

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Law News Digest – Week of June 7, 2015

Friday, June 12 Bought something from a Michael Kors Outlet? You may be getting some $$ back (which you will probably spend at the outlets). Story: Shoppers sued MK for deceptive price tags at their outlets, where they would put an “MSRP” price, and then a lower amount labelled “our price.” But the clothes were never intended for sale at the “MSRP” and were

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Law News Digest – Week of May 31, 2015

6/5 If a friend commits a horrible crime, don’t hide the evidence (or lie to authorities): 3 college friends of the Boston Marathon bomber were sentenced for “obstruction of justice” this week. Two of them threw out some evidence of the crime, and were sentenced to 6 years and 3.5 years in prison. The other one lied to investigators about the incident, and

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Law News Digest – Week of May 10, 2015

5/15 Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death. 5/14 Environmental crimes and misdemeanors: Duke Energy, the country’s largest energy producer, pleaded guilty today for violating the Clean Water Act, agreeing to pay $102 mil in fines. The company was charged with the crimes (yes, crimes) as a result of its North Carolina power plant spilling coal ash into a river, and for mismanaging several

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Law News Digest – Week of May 3, 2015

5/8 Consumer Rights: Have you flown United Airlines and paid for in-flight Wi-Fi or DirecTV? Apparently the Wi-Fi/DirecTV service doesn’t work outside the continental U.S. or over water, and United conveniently doesn’t tell you this on board. Well, this woman may be your hero: she paid for DirecTV for a 4 hr flight and only got it for 10 minutes, and

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