In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, the US Supreme Court held that a refusal by the US Railroad Retirement Board to reopen a prior benefits determination is subject to judicial review. In 1992, the petitioner, Manfredo Salinas, began seeking disability benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (RRA) for [...]

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Monday launched an investigation into widespread COVID-19 infections and deaths in US meatpacking plants. Representative James Clyburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee, sent letters to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and JBS USA. The letter to OSHA claims that under the [...]

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US President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a series of executive actions focused on combating climate change. According to a White House statement, the orders will empower American businesses and workers to lead a “clean energy revolution that achieves a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and puts the United States on an irreversible path [...]

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US President Joe Biden issued 17 orders Wednesday, reversing many Trump administration policies. The orders range from making changes to the US response to COVID-19 to undoing former president Donald Trump’s actions on the environment, immigration, the US census and regulatory changes. Just minutes after the inauguration, Biden tweeted from the official POTUS account to [...]

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The Attorney General of Michigan brought two charges of criminal neglect Wednesday against former governor Rick Snyder for his role in the Flint water crisis. The charges cite violations of section 750.478 of the Michigan Penal Code. Section 750.478 refers to willful neglect of duty of a public officer or a person holding public trust [...]

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A federal judge in Indiana on Monday stayed federal death row inmate Lisa Montgomery’s execution. Judge James Halan of the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, granted the stay in order to allow the court to conduct a hearing to determine Montgomery’s competence to be executed. Protection from execution for incompetent individuals [...]

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One of California’s largest grocery chains on Monday did away with its own grocery delivery service in favor of third-party apps like Uber, Instacart, and DoorDash, following the state’s passage of an initiative defining drivers for these apps as independent contractors. This decision comes less than a year after the grocery chain teamed with the [...]

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will trigger major changes in the state’s sex offender legal landscape. The House Bill 5679 will repeal specific sections of the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1994 that prohibited certain individuals required to be registered under the Act from living, working, or loitering [...]

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The United States government on Monday appealed a federal judge’s order that blocked the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok that would have effectively barred its use in the US. On December 7, United States District Court Judge Carl Nichols of the DC Circuit granted an injunction, enjoining the Secretary [...]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court?ruled Tuesday that Article 1, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution offers greater protection to citizens from warrantless searches of their vehicles than does the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Prior to the ruling, Pennsylvania precedent held that the federal automobile exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment [...]

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