Morning Docket: 02.21.19

* Accountants are the new bakers when it comes to discriminating against gay people. I guess this means tax prep is more a matter of artistic interpretation, which in fairness explains Amazon’s tax bill last year. [Fox News] * Tesla GC self-driven back to Williams & Connolly after two months. [National Law Journal] * “Lawyer …

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Anti-suit injunctions in international arbitration: the Swiss approach (Part 1/2)

Introductory remarks Anti-suit injunctions may take different forms: for example, a party may seek an injunction from an arbitral tribunal to prevent or restrain another party from commencing or continuing competing proceedings in national courts in breach of an arbitration agreement; a party may also seek an injunction from a court at the seat of …

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Timbs v. Indiana

(United States Supreme Court) – Held that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on excessive fines fully applicable to the States. In this case involving the forfeiture of property for a drug offense, Indiana’s highest court had concluded that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause constrains only federal action and is inapplicable to …

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Federal Court: Trump Admin. ‘Literally Has No Power to Act’ to Punish Sanctuary Cities

As President Trump has made immigration a central policy arena, sanctuary cities and states have become important flashpoints of legal action. Under former Attorney General Jeff Session, the Justice Department threatened to withhold federal funds from cities and states that declined to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts, and those sanctuary jurisdictions responded with lawsuits. …

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