US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

So far, at least nine lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against China claiming authorities there did not do enough to corral the virus initially, tried to hide what was happening in the outbreak center of Wuhan and sought to conceal their actions and what they knew. Eight of the lawsuits are potential class … More US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

The boy is 10 years old, but he doesn’t go to school. He works for much of the day — and sometimes through the night — crawling through pitch-black tunnels inside the makeshift mine, his fingers picking through the earth, collecting and sorting shards of mica. The minerals he picks up will soon make their … More How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year

The nearly 70,000 migrant children who were held in government custody this year — up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018 — spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years. The Trump administration’s series of strict immigration policies has increased the time children spend in detention, despite … More 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year

U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters

The judge disagreed. RELATED COVERAGE Legal setback for Trump administration plan to speed some deportations “This regulation is inconsistent with one of the primary goals of the Flores Agreement, which is to instate a general policy favoring release and expeditiously place minors ‘in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs,’” … More U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters

Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims | Trump administration | The Guardian

Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims | Trump administration | The Guardian — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/09/labor-secretary-alexander-acosta-sex-trafficking-budget-cut

Ninth Circuit Refuses En Banc Review of Child Slave Labor Case

Source: Nestle Won’t Get Full Ninth Circuit Review of Slave Labor Case A three-judge panel of the court held in October 2018 that the Alien Tort Statute covers allegations that the companies aided and abetted slave labor. Allegations that the companies perpetuated overseas slave labor from headquarters in the U.S. are relevant to the statute’s … More Ninth Circuit Refuses En Banc Review of Child Slave Labor Case

The Latest: US Energy Policy Hurts Young People, Lawyer Says | Oregon News | US News

The lawsuit asks the courts to declare federal energy policy that contributes to climate change unconstitutional, order the government to quickly phase out carbon dioxide emissions to a certain level by 2100 and mandate a national climate recovery plan. — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2019-06-04/the-latest-young-climate-activists-get-ready-for-court-test?context=amp

Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Source: Governments Look to End Child Labor in West African Cocoa Farming Researchers estimate that several hundred-thousand school-age children carry heavy loads, spray toxic pesticides and swing sharp machetes at cocoa pods throughout West Africa’s fertile hillsides. A new initiative involving the U.S. Department of Labor and the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast seeks … More Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com

The use of the firefighting foam at NAS Whidbey Island has left area residents with “a persistent poison lurking in their water supply,” the lawsuit states. The team representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit has created a website where potentially impacted current and past Whidbey Island residents can contact them for consultation. The team includes Robert Teel, … More Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com

Court rules state consumer-protection law can’t help child slaves

Click for link to article: State consumer-protection law can’t be used to sue chocolate makers over harvesting of cocoa beans by child slaves, court rules US District Court Judge Allison Burroughs wrote today that she did not dispute that the use of child slaves in Cote d’Ivoire was “widespread, reprehensible, and tragic.” But, she continued, … More Court rules state consumer-protection law can’t help child slaves