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President Donald Trump's antipathy to immigration is matched only by his disdain for his predecessor's executive orders. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was established under former President Barack Obama, allowing some individuals brought into the United States as children to be eligible for work programs and shielded from deportation, and has long been targeted by Trump.

But those efforts suffered another setback today, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration must continue the program, calling its attempts to rescind DACA "arbitrary and capricious under settled law."

Georgia's Exact Match Voter-ID Law Tossed by Federal Judge

Things are heating up in Georgia, and that's odd for early November. Unless, of course, it's an election year. Highlighting a recent string of national headlines, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross declared that Georgia's current voting procedures unconstitutionally disenfranchises certain voters, and therefore the state must change current processes to make it easier for people flagged under the state's restrictive "exact match" law to vote.

Imagine if county officials took your kids from your home, took them to a temporary shelter, and subjected them to invasive medical examinations under a suspicion of child abuse, including a gynecological and rectal exam, all without your knowledge or consent and without even a court order authorizing the examinations.

That's what two San Diego parents -- Mark and Melissa Mann -- were confronted with in 2010, and a federal appeals court just ruled that the county acted unconstitutionally in subjecting the children to the unwarranted and invasive exams.

Tennessee Must Stop Suspending Driver's Licenses of People Who Can't Pay

Tennessee took another step towards treating indigent people more humanely. There, a federal district judge ruled that the state can no longer revoke people's driver licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets. Potentially 291,000 people could be affected by this ruling, which comes as a sort of "exclamation point" to the ruling this same judge made earlier this summer, stating the state cannot revoke people's driver licenses for failure to pay court fines.

Under the Clean Air Act, facilities that use extremely hazardous substances are required to develop a Risk Management Plan which identifies the potential effects of a chemical accident, the steps the facility is taking to prevent an accident, and the emergency response procedures should an accident occur. But after a fatal 2013 explosion and fire in Pascagoula, Mississippi and a 2012 fire at a Richmond, California facility that prompted 14,000 residents to be evacuated, Chevron was accused of violating those provisions.

The company settled those claims with the U.S. Department of Justice, and Environmental Protection Agency last week, for a grand total of $163 million and promises to upgrade its facilities and emergency response programs.

Yahoo Settles Data Breach for $50 Million

Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million to users affected by data breaches in 2013 and 2014, finally bringing to a close one of the darkest days in Yahoo's history. The settlement was filed with the United States District Court in California, and should be approved at a hearing on November 29. The settlement will compensate an estimated 200 million affected individuals. In addition,Yahoo must provide a minimum of two years of free credit monitoring to those involved. For those that already have credit monitoring, a $100 award may be issued instead.

The legal maneuvering surrounding a landmark climate change lawsuit has been coming fast and furious the past few weeks. The claims, brought in 2015 by 21 children and young adults against the president and various government agencies, were set to go to trial this Monday, October 29. And while a federal judge has allowed the lawsuit to proceed last week, the Supreme Court may have delayed the progress of the suit this week.

Here's all the latest.

Just about everyone knows the risks of eating raw fish. Just about every sushi restaurant has a tiny disclaimer regarding those risks on their menus. And almost no one would guess that those risks include hepatitis.

But hundreds of people who consumed scallops at Genki Sushi locations in Hawaii in August 2016 -- as well as potentially thousands more exposed to the virus through contact with those infected -- found out the hard way. Now, the sushi chain is shelling out $4.5 million in damages as part of a settlement of a class action lawsuit.

Walmart to Pay $65M Settling Lawsuit Over Cashier Seating

Walmart cashiers in California won a landmark victory in their class action suit, Brown v. Walmart, for the right to take a seat. Though denying any wrongdoing in this nine-year-old federal case, Walmart agreed to pay $65 million to nearly 100,000 current and former cashiers, preventing the case from going to trial later this year. The company also agreed to provide seating for its California cashiers. The settlement still needs approval by a federal judge.

Google Settles Age-Bias Lawsuit

Google recently settled an age discrimination lawsuit originally filed back in 2015, and later certified as a class action in 2016. Though details of the settlement are undisclosed, it appears the number of plaintiffs represented in the suit ranges from 231 to 238, and are aged 40 and older. The suit was seeking monetary and non-monetary relief. The parties have yet to settle the non-monetary relief, but according to plaintiffs' attorney, Daniel Low, "the monetary component will encourage Google and others to look at their hiring practices in terms of older workers."