Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

Mr. Wilbanks, with Sage Bionetworks, says Google will be in a good position to start selling actuarial tables to insurance companies—like predictions on when a white male in his 40s with certain characteristics might be likely to get sick and expensive. When it comes to life and disability insurance, antidiscrimination laws are weak, he says. … More Your Health Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think

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.

Federal judges must stop attending Federalist Society events.

Judges are supposed to be apolitical. The rule of law requires that decisions be based on the laws and Constitution of the United States, and not a judge’s personal views or political preference. Judges are bound by a formal Code of Conduct. Among the restrictions imposed is a prohibition of engaging in political activity. But … More Federal judges must stop attending Federalist Society events.

Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington – CNN

A 2005 federal law protects many gun manufacturers from wrongful death lawsuits brought by family members. But families of victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are pushing a different approach. A survivor and families of nine other victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting are attempting to hold Remington Arms … More Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington – CNN

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

For more than a decade, he sat in musty courtrooms, representing a Hindu God in one of the country’s most contentious and deadly disputes.

For centuries, a deity or an idol has been treated as a “juristic person” in Indian law because many devotees donate their land and possessions to idols who are synonymous with their shrines. A devotee or the manager of the shrine or trust typically handles the deity’s possessions. In light-hearted legalese, the idol is represented … More For more than a decade, he sat in musty courtrooms, representing a Hindu God in one of the country’s most contentious and deadly disputes.

New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

“The Exxon trial represents the public debut of years of litigation by local communities across the country attempting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for alleged damage and defrauding of investors and the public about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.” “Cities, states, individual citizens, kids—people are going to court because the president … More New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

Pacific Northwest tribes demand removal of hydroelectric dams

Tribal leaders said at a news conference along the Columbia River that the Treaty of 1855, in which 14 tribes and bands ceded 11.5 million acres to the United States, was based on the inaccurate belief that the U.S. had a right to take the land. Under the treaty, the Yakama Tribe retained the right … More Pacific Northwest tribes demand removal of hydroelectric dams

California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

“These Wall Street-owned for-profit, private facilities inhumanely treat people as commodities. These companies are incentivized to maximize profits and minimize costs — including the important ‘costs’ of investments in programs, services and rehabilitation efforts that reduce recidivism rates and increase success for Californians upon their reentry into society,” said Assemblyman Bonta. California became dependent on private … More California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West

However, some detainees have suggested that though work may nominally be voluntary, a variety of pressures exist to prod detainees into choosing the work option. This often takes the form of using commissary items as the bargaining chip. To this effect, Wilhen Hill Barrientos, a detainee from Guatemala who lived at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia (and who … More The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West