Colorado Passes Landmark Law Against Qualified Immunity, Creates New Way To Protect Civil Rights

Among the new law’s many reforms, which include banning chokeholds and the use of deadly force for nonviolent offenses, the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act (SB20-217) allows plaintiffs to bypass “qualified immunity,” one of the biggest barriers to holding government agents accountable in court. Ever since Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to … More Colorado Passes Landmark Law Against Qualified Immunity, Creates New Way To Protect Civil Rights

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum for lawsuits alleging producers promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when they knew it was contributing to drought, wildfires, and sea level rise associated with global warming. The lawsuits claim Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, Royal … More Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

The Supreme Court has wrapped up its fourth day of historic arguments over the phone

The Supreme Court is holding its second week of arguments by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic, with audio available live to audiences around the world.  The highest profile cases are up this week, including two on Tuesday involving the potential release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. On Monday, the justices heard two cases, including one from … More The Supreme Court has wrapped up its fourth day of historic arguments over the phone

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

For cops who kill, special Supreme Court protection

Aldaba took the only other route open to people in her situation: She sued. Her lawsuit in federal district court in Muskogee, Oklahoma, alleged that the three officers used excessive force, violating her son’s civil rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure. But almost immediately, her … More For cops who kill, special Supreme Court protection

Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding

Several Native American tribes sued the federal government Friday, seeking to keep any of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief for tribes kept out of the hands of for–profit Alaska Native corporations. The U.S. Treasury Department is tasked with doling out the money by April 26 to help tribes nationwide stay afloat, respond to … More Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding

Private Immigration Prison Must Face Forced Labor Class Action

I am pleased to be appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California as class co-counsel for a first of its kind nationwide forced labor class action case. The Court found that we “will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class” and “are well qualified, have significant experience in … More Private Immigration Prison Must Face Forced Labor Class Action

DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency – Rolling Stone

The DOJ has requested Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of … More DOJ Wants to Suspend Constitutional Rights for Coronavirus Emergency – Rolling Stone

Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill

A documentary details Thomas’s rise to the high court, where he embraces the concept of “natural law” in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas saw Boston’s “social experiment” busing program taking black kids to schools in white neighborhoods that were “as bad or worse” than local ones. He found the racial preferences that got him into … More Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide | TheHill