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Six Honduran parents part of a caravan fleeing gang violence in Central America have filed a prospective class action lawsuit against Donald Trump, ICE, and other immigration officials, claiming the president's "professed and enacted policy towards thousands of caravanners seeking asylum in the United States is shockingly unconstitutional."

The lawsuit asks a federal court to declare the Trump administrations immigration policies unconstitutional and seeks protection from those policies for the parents, their children, and other similarly situated migrants. You can read the full lawsuit, along with its allegations against the Trump administration, below.

"Since the day I was sworn in as Attorney General of the United States," Jefferson Sessions wrote to President Donald Trump, "I came to work at the Justice Department every day determined to do my duty and serve my country." But that service has come to an end, according to his resignation letter, apparently at Trump's request.

You can read the letter below.

Google is often cited as an innovator in the tech industry, and most entrepreneurs and small business owners would love to know how the company trains its staff. And copycats were in luck, until recently.

Google created resource materials for its management training and development program, including a New Manager Program Participant Workbook, New Manager Program Facilitator Guide, and New Manager Presentation Slides, and then posted them to the internet and made them available for download, free of charge.

The only problem? The tech giant illegally appropriated those training techniques from a 50-year-old manual on Saharan survival techniques. The "Desert Survival Situation" has been used as a training and team-building tool for almost half a century by a company named Human Synergistics. That company is now claiming that Google stole their system and turned it into training materials without permission or payment. Here's a look at that lawsuit.

The travel ban aside, none of President Trump's executive orders have garnered as much legal attention as his proposal to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities and states. A federal judge blocked the order in April 2017. California (along with other states) sued Attorney General Jefferson Sessions over it. Chicago (along with other cities) sued Sessions over it. That federal judge blocked it again. The Seventh Circuit blocked it. The Ninth Circuit affirmed that federal judge's block.

And now, another federal judge has ruled against the executive order, deciding that it is unconstitutional and enjoined the government from enforcing it. You can see that decision below.

Remember that whole "pivot to video" a couple years ago? When media companies started laying off all their writers and editors in favor of more video content? Part of that sea change was spurred by advertisers, who surmised that video was a clever way to sneak ads by savvy internet users' ad blockers.

But you also need to know that people are actually watching the video content before you choose to advertise on it. And where are you going to get that data? From Facebook. But it turns out Facebook had inflated metrics for marketers, including average time users spent viewing online video clips. Not only that, but the social media behemoth waited months to correct the figures. And some advertisers aren't too happy about it.

Google Sued for Google+ Leak

It didn't take long. Mere hours after Google announced it was shutting down Google+ after a security breach exposed the private details of half a million users, the first lawsuit hit a federal court in San Francisco. The proposed class action, filed by two former users, claims "a software glitch ... gave third-party application developers access to private Google+ profile data between 2015 and March 2018," allowing app developers to "improperly collect the Personal Information of up to 500,000 Google+ users."

The allegations include negligence, invasion of privacy, and violations of California's Unfair Competition Law. You can see the full lawsuit below.

"Relax in ultimate luxury with this cozy Zero Gravity Chair," reads the description of one such item on Bed Bath and Beyond's website. "Constructed with a rust-resistant frame, the adjustable headrest and long frame provides a multi-positional, zero gravity sensation to keep your head and feet cradled in comfort." The only problem, according to one customer, is that it falls apart after one year outside.

Michael Stutland is suing Bed Bath and Beyond, and the chair's manufacturer, claiming the defective design or manufacture of his zero gravity chair caused it to completely give way when he collapsed back onto the chair, resulting in "grievous injuries including paralysis and various debilitating medical issues." You can see the full lawsuit below.

Imagine you live somewhere far from traditional services, and have a sick pet. And imagine there is an experienced veterinarian -- one that had received a Health Service Commendation Medal from the Surgeon of the United States, in fact -- available to answer your questions about your sick pet online. That's pretty great, right?

Now imagine that the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners says this vet's advice is illegal, suspended his license, and fines him $500. Not so great, right? That's why Ronald Hines, a 75-year-old veterinarian in Brownsville who's been diagnosing pet ailments via his website for the past 10 years, is now filing his second lawsuit against the Board, claiming his online pet advice is protected speech under the First Amendment.

But will this challenge be more successful than the last?

In September PayPal joined Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube in banning Alex Jones and his conspiracy website Infowars from its platform, based on violations of policies barring promotion of hate and violence. Jones fired back this week, claiming in a lawsuit that the payment processing company discriminates against conservative voices and that his exile was based purely on "viewpoint discrimination."

You can read the full lawsuit below.

The fight over net neutrality continues, and the battleground has moved to the Golden State. Last year, President Trump's Federal Communications Commission overturned Obama-era regulations that prohibited internet service providers from charging users different prices based on the user, content, or website. Then this year the Senate voted to reinstate net neutrality rules. All the while, California was crafting its own net neutrality legislation, a bill Governor Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend.

But the feds aren't too pleased with the state action on the matter, and the Justice Department has already filed a suit seeking to block California's net neutrality law. You can see the lawsuit below.