Category Archives: Law News Digest

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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Law News Digest – Week of April 26, 2015

5/1 Baltimore police officers today were charged with crimes for their involvement in Freddie Gray‘s death. Of the six officers, one was charged with murder, and the others with manslaughter, assault and/or misconduct. Rioting and protests have calmed since the announcement. Grooveshark streaming music app to shut down after long legal battle, admitting it infringed on the copyright of “the vast

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Law News Digest – Week of April 19, 2015

4/24 Columbia University student accused of rape was cleared of the charge during a college disciplinary hearing. But then accuser famously carried a mattress around the school in protest. Now the accused is suing Columbia college for “encouraging” accuser to brand him as a rapist. Tennessee enacts law allowing handgun owners to carry their weapons in parks throughout the state. 4/23 Former CIA

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Law News Digest – Week of April 12, 2015

4/17 Oklahoma enacts law to potentially allow for execution by nitrogen gas. The new law says the method will become available for use if the Supreme Court rules that the state’s execution by injection is unconstitutional. The Court is expected to decide on the issue this spring. Antidepressant Zoloft: jury finds no link between the drug and birth defects. 4/16 Ever thought

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Law News Digest – Week of April 5, 2015

4/10 Oklahoma legislature passed bill to allow for execution by nitrogen gas. If governor signs the bill, the state would be the first in the country to allow the method. The bill is in anticipation of a possible ruling by the Supreme Court that lethal injection is unconstitutional for being “cruel and unusual punishment,” based on recent botched executions with the

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Law News Digest – Week of March 29, 2015

4/3 Federal judge orders California prison to pay for sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate. Judge says inmate is experiencing “excruciating pain and frustration” due to denial of this “medical treatment,” thus denial violates her constitutional rights. NYC gang member sentenced to life in prison after his rap music videos used as evidence against him for murders and other crimes. Arkansas governor also

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Law News Digest – Week of March 22, 2015

3/27 Woman suing high profile Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination fails to convince jury, despite some evidence of “boy’s club” culture. Ex-LAPD officer charged with murder allegedly fled to Mexico with father’s help. Father is now being charged with lying to federal officers about his involvement. Police departments around the country are opening up their parking lots for safer craigslist transactions.

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Law News Digest – Week of March 15, 2015

3/20 Obama administration releases first major federal regulations on fracking: requires disclosure of chemicals used and allows government inspection of wells to ensure safety. The new rules only apply to lands owned by the federal government, yet the “vast majority” of fracking is done on private land. 3/19 Target proposes to pay up to $10,000 to each customer who proves losses due to massive

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Law News Digest – Week of March 8, 2015

3/13 Viacom agrees to pay $7.2 million for violating minimum wage laws due to failing to pay interns. 3/12 Did you hear about the letter to Iran from 47 Republican senators undermining Obama’s efforts to reach a nuclear deal? It may actually be illegal. 3/11 Pharrell & Robin Thicke ordered to pay $7.4 mil to Marvin Gaye’s family for copying parts of Marvin’s song,

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