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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-111

Divided Supreme Court ruling that Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws violated a baker’s free exercise of religion.  Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of the cakeshop, refused on religious grounds, to bake a cake for the wedding of a gay couple.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Collins v. Virginia

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-1027

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a conviction and reaffirmed that police need a warrant to enter private property to search for stolen goods.  The case involved a suspected stolen motorcycle sitting on a driveway.  Collins had been charged with receiving stolen goods after police searched the motorcycle without a warrant.  The Virginia Supreme Court had affirmed the conviction. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

 

SEC Action Lookup—Individuals

Categories: Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.sec.gov/litigations/sec-action-look-up

Identifies individuals who have been named as defendants in federal court actions related to investments.  Covers individuals charged in federal legal actions since October 1, 2014.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Mandatory Deposit of Electronic-Only Books

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-07484.pdf

Proposed regulation that would mandate deposit at the Library of Congress of all electronic-only books published in the U.S. under the Copyright Act.  From the Library of Congress and the Federal Register

 

Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis et al

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-285

5-4 Supreme Court decision that allows companies to require workers to settle employment  disputes through individualized arbitration proceedings rather than class action lawsuits.  The decision favors the Federal Arbitration Act over the National Labor Relations Act. From the Cornell University Legal Information Institute

 

Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-476

6-3 decision of the Supreme Court that overturned an early 1990s law that prohibited states from setting up gambling operations on sports.  New Jersey challenged the law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, and the court majority ruled that the law violated states’ rights.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

Overview of the Federal Tax System in 2018

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Taxes

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R45145.pdf

Describes the new federal tax structure and system created by P.L.115-97 signed into law at the end of 2017.  Also provides selected statistics on the tax system as a whole. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Findings of the Investigation into China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Categories: China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Section%20301%20FINAL.PDF

Reports on the results of a U.S. investigation into China’s intellectual property and technology transfer actions with regard to U.S. exports. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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