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The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice on behalf of four Latino people, claiming they were given higher fines and court fees and assigned expensive English education classes as part of their probation.

The complaint, which you can read in full below, alleges that the First Parish Court in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana refused to provide Spanish-language forms for Latino defendants and charged them for unreliable court interpreters "who failed to explain the charges against them and did not properly convey the complainants' evidence to the judge."

Teachers have a lot on their plate: the students themselves, lessons plans, administrative duties, and countless others. Add this one to the list: students stealing nude photos off your phone when you're not looking. Union County High School teacher Leigh Anne Arthur left her phone on her desk for only a few moments while hall patrol and a 16-year-old student scooped her phone, opened it, and found pictures of a partially undressed Arthur. The student then used his own phone to take pictures of the nudes and send them to friends.

Arthur was forced to resign, and now she is suing the school district for breach of contract and defamation. You can see her full lawsuit below:

The legal relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico has always been a little complicated. And perhaps nowhere has that status been more on display than the issue of same-sex marriage.

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico ruled that the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that found same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry does not apply to the island commonwealth. You can see the judge's reasoning in the full opinion below:

The New York Attorney General's fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump's now defunct investment "university" can proceed, according to a state appeals court. The suit, originally filed in 2013 and included below, alleges Trump University used "deceptive and unlawful practices" to fleece prospective students of some $40 million.

The New York Supreme Court has already ruled that Trump University violated state law by operating an unlicensed educational institution. Now a jury will decide whether Trump and other school operators fraudulently induced residents to buy increasingly expensive seminars to be "the next DONALD TRUMP."