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February 2018 Archives

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.