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Court ruling clears way for Quebec's assisted-dying law to come into effect

Controversial Quebec legislation on assisted dying will become law on Thursday, says the province's health minister.<p>Gaetan Barrette made the announcement Wednesday after Quebec's top tribunal gave the provincial government permission to appeal a lower-court decision that granted an injunction aimed …

Anti-Gun Professors Petition to Keep Texas Classrooms ‘Safe’ From Guns After Governor Signs Pro-Campus Carry Law

More than 160 University of Texas professors have signed a petition declaring that they will not allow concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns in their classrooms, despite a recently passed law that allows permit holders to do so.<p>The professors have added their names to a Google document …

Why Texas' Attempt to Block a Syrian Refugee Family Probably Won't Work

Texas’ new lawsuit against U.S. government, an attempt to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, is probably more of a political …

Honest Company Sued For $5 Million Over False Claims, Jessica Alba Responds

"I know my children, Honor and Haven, are growing up in a safer home because of our products."<p>Jessica Alba is speaking out in the wake of a new $5 million lawsuit filed against her business, the Honest Company.<p><i>Entertainment Tonight</i> reports Jonathan D. Rubin filed the lawsuit in the District Court …

Jessica Alba

The 'Gig' is Up: How Class Action Lawsuits Threaten Companies Like Uber | The Takeaway | WNYC

Companies like Uber and TaskRabbit have been thriving in the so-called "gig economy." But the gig may soon be up, thanks to a number of class action …

Supreme Court considers limits on prisoners' lawsuits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned its attention Wednesday to the people who file more than 75% of the court's petitions — federal prisoners. And Chief Justice John Roberts was their biggest defender.<p>The issue: What did Congress mean a generation ago when it required prisoners challenging prison …

Chipotle Closes 43 Stores Due to E. Coli Outbreak, Faces First Lawsuit

There are now 37 confirmed cases in Oregon and Washington.<p><b>UPDATE: November 4, 2015 at 10:12 a.m.</b><p>Charmane Mode, a Washington woman who claims to have contracted E. coli from eating a Vancouver-based Chipotle on October 21, slapped the Mexican food chain with a lawsuit, a first for the company. …

Former LA Times Sports Columnist T.J. Simers Awarded $7.1 Million After Winning Age Discrimination Lawsuit

TJ Simers, one of the biggest sports voices <i>ever</i> at <i>The LA Times</i> has won an age discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper and will collect ~$7.2 …

Cop Killed a Teen Over a Prank Gone Wrong, Lawsuit Says

Trooper B.D. Gillespie shot 18-year-old Timmy Hill dead after a silly incident involving soaked underwear. And the local prosecutor says the officer …

Assault Weapons Ban Before U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as assault weapons.<p>If the court agrees to hear the case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states. But declining to take it up would …

10-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Hunting Accident

A 10-year-old boy in Northern Utah was killed while warming himself on a four-wheeler when a hunting companion’s rifle accidentally discharged, …

Hillary Clinton has laid out a sweeping gun-control plan

The former US secretary of state's campaign rolled out an expansive gun-control policy platform as part of the candidate's campaign swing through New Hampshire.<p>"It's time to act on gun violence. We simply cannot accept as normal 33,000 gun deaths a year," Clinton tweeted Monday.<p>Clinton has been …

Punitive court fines 'undermine respect for the law'

Influential legal thinktank says criminal courts charge has brought in US-style plea bargaining, resulting in false convictions<p>The imposition of mandatory, punitive fines in English and Welsh criminal courts has undermined respect for the law and introduced US-style plea bargaining that results in …

Texas travelers who forget to remove firearms before entering secured airport areas may catch a break under a new state law. Gun-toting Texas flyers who forget they are carrying a concealed weapon may not face prosecution, thanks to a new Texas law that went into effect Tuesday. “Many of the travelers carrying handguns are concealed […]

Texas Flyers Who Don’t “Intentionally” Pack Guns Catch Break<p><i>Texas travelers who forget to remove firearms before entering secured airport areas may</i> …

Weak state law not sending a message to texting drivers | FYI Guy

A poorly written, difficult-to-enforce state law means few traffic citations to discourage a dangerous practice. On average, fewer than two drivers a …

Text Messaging

Brian May: I'll take Dorset badger cull to the High Court

The government's decision of extend the badger cull to Dorset, and persist with the Somerset and Gloucestershire culls, is 'completely irrational', …

Judiciary

A lawyer's alleged double life could screw up one of the biggest antitrust settlements in US history

Until recently, Keila Ravelo was a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she primarily dealt with MasterCard. She and her husband have been charged with fabricating paperwork for legal services to defraud MasterCard, her law firm, and another law firm out of $5 million.<p>But more damningly, …

Corruption

Sabki Dhulai

New laws to protect elderly from financially abusive family members in Victoria

Laws designed to better protect the elderly and people with disabilities from economic abuse, particularly from their own family members, come into …

Senior Citizen

Drug-Industry Rule Would Raise Medicare Costs

Congressional Budget Office estimates $1.3 billion increase in federal health-care costs over a decade<p>A patent law change sought by the pharmaceutical industry could cost federal health-care programs $1.3 billion over a decade by delaying new generic medicines, an analysis by the Congressional …

Health Care

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Emergency Stay Request from Anti-LGBT Rowan County Clerk

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a petition from Kentucky’s Rowan County clerk Kim Davis for an emergency stay on a court order requiring her …

Inside New York’s craziest custody case: four parents, one child

A gay male couple donated sperm from one of the men to a lesbian couple, resulting in a baby. Each couple bought identical New York apartments and …

US laws have created a haven for ISIS propaganda

But bureaucracy at a wary FBI and stringent US laws against hacking are slowing these efforts to take down the IS web forums and social media accounts, experts and analysts say. As a result, they say, the jihadists are opting to base their web operations on US-hosted sites in order to take …

Social Media

Where Sidewalk Chalk Laws Clash With Free Speech

A federal court has ruled that a Las Vegas ban on street chalking can’t be enforced selectively. Across the country, there’s more at stake than hopscotch.<p>Up until two weeks ago, you could verballylambaste police from the sidewalks of Las Vegas, but you couldn’t write those same words down in chalk …