Federal Judge Blocks Employers From Opting Out of Birth Control Coverage

At the eleventh hour, one judge in Philadelphia blocked employers from opting out of providing birth control coverage to employees. The Trump Administration, specifically the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury, issued new federal laws in October 2018, allowing business and nonprofits to opt out of offering birth control through …

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Iowa’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Struck Down

Ag-gag laws are intended to muzzle the voices of undercover journalists and animal rights activist looking to expose certain unethical practices in the agricultural community. Often, these journalists and activists use false pretenses in order to gain their employment, and then go rogue once inside the organization. The Iowa government wanted to criminalize this conduct, …

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Politicians Can’t Block Voters on Facebook, Court Rules

Politicians give up some personal rights as elected officials, and one of those is blocking haters. Though blocking those that challenge your viewpoints on Facebook is tempting and acceptable by the general public, that’s not the case for politicians, according to one court. Another key take-away from this decision: a social media page can be …

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Google’s Face Scanning on Android Photos Doesn’t Violate Privacy

Facial recognition software is all the rage these days, from unlocking your iPhone to unlocking doors at your place of business to allowing you access to theme parks with your season pass. As creepy as biometrics often seems to the general public, it is not a violation of privacy. Google won a major biometrics lawsuit …

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New Yorkers Need Permits to Carry Guns in Public, Judge Rules

New York may be ready to legalize nunchucks, but not carrying guns in public. A district court judge upheld New York’s current concealed-carry law, New York State Penal Law Section 400.00 (2)(f), which requires petitioners to show “proper cause” for the need to carry a loaded firearm outside the home. Though plaintiffs claimed this amounted …

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Oakland Can Close Homeless Camp for Sober Women and Children, Judge Rules

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Unsheltered women who had formed an unlawful encampment in a gated parking lot for homeless, sober women and their families, have been forced to move. The City of Oakland had ordered eviction of the residents, consisting of about 13 women and a few male …

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Ninth Circuit Not Convinced by First Amendment Right to Racial Discrimination Argument

Ten billion dollars sounds like an awful lot of money. But when you consider that the second largest cable operator in the country was allegedly systematically discriminating against black-owned media companies when choosing channels to carry, it’s not hard to imagine that amount of financial cost. That’s what Byron Allen, founder and CEO of Entertainment …

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Georgia’s Exact Match Voter-ID Law Tossed by Federal Judge

Things are heating up in Georgia, and that’s odd for early November. Unless, of course, it’s an election year. Highlighting a recent string of national headlines, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross declared that Georgia’s current voting procedures unconstitutionally disenfranchises certain voters, and therefore the state must change current processes to make it easier for …

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