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Texas Can Enforce Ban on Sanctuary Cities, 5th Circuit Rules

With President Trump and his administration's focus on immigration, it's no surprise that immigration topics are often in the news. A bulk of the current news relating to immigration pertains to undocumented immigrants and the concept of sanctuary cities. Cities that consider themselves sanctuaries limit the amount of assistance that law enforcement and other government employees can give to the federal government when it comes to matters relating to immigration.

Powerball Jackpot Winner Wins Anonymity

Many people dream about winning the lottery. They think of all the things they would buy, the good they could do, and how they would spend their time. What they probably don't think about is how everyone knowing that you won the lottery could actually have a negative impact on your life.

The winner of the $560 million dollar Powerball jackpot did actually realize the negative impact that comes with making your lottery win public, and requested to remain anonymous. Lucky for the New Hampshire woman, the judge in her case agreed, ruling that she can remain anonymous because her "right to privacy outweighs public interests."

Oregon Bans Domestic Violence Convicts From Owning Guns

Guns will always be a hot issue, especially since it involves trying to balance citizens' Second Amendment rights and prevent gun violence. One step legislators are taking to stop gun violence is limiting the gun ownership of domestic violence convicts.

Oregon is the latest state to pass a law banning domestic violence convicts from owning guns. More specifically, the governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, signed a law that closes a loophole that permits people to buy and keep guns after a domestic violence or stalking conviction.

Immigrants detained pending deportation are not entitled to bond hearings every six months under federal law. That's the decision by a closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday, reversing a contrary 2015 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation. That's the ruling of the federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New York, which has held that such discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's a major decision that makes a potential Supreme Court decision on the matter more likely.

Texas Cash Bail System Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has concluded that Houston's bail system is unconstitutional. The decision affirms a district court's findings in a class action lawsuit alleging that Harris County's bail bond practices violated the Due Process and Equal Protection rights of indigent defendants

Prison Sentence Upheld for Man Who Pointed Laser at KC Police Helicopter

It's a crime, and it deserves time. A federal appeals court has affirmed a judge's three year prison sentence for Jordan Clarence Rogers, who repeatedly pointed a laser at a Kansas City police helicopter. Doing so temporarily blinded the pilot. Now it's sent Rogers to federal prison.

Surprise $245M Settlement Between Uber and Waymo

A majority of civil cases result in settlements, which usually occurs before they go to trial. But, there are times when a settlement can occur after the trial has started. That's what happened in the lawsuit between Uber and Waymo. Days after the jury trial began in federal court, the two companies announced that they had reached a $245 million settlement.

9th Circuit Upholds $25M Trump University Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a $25 million settlement involving Trump University and thousands of disgruntled former students.

The three-judge panel unanimously affirmed the district court's approval of the class action lawsuit, turning away the long-shot appeal of a single objecting class member.

Tinder Pricing Discriminated Against Users Over 30, Court Rules

Your dating app might be discriminating against you. And no, we're not talking about the people who swiped left on you. A recent ruling from the California Court of Appeal concludes that the dating app Tinder unlawfully discriminated against users on the basis of age, swiping right on a class action lawsuit against the company.