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Afternoon Briefs: Judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium; lawyer's dogged determination brings cash

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Judge strikes down CDC eviction moratorium

U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker of Tyler, Texas, has struck down a moratorium on most residential evictions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Barker said the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce doesn’t extend to an eviction ban. Barker said he expected the government to comply with his ruling, so he was not issuing an injunction. (Reuters, the Hill, the decision)

Lawyer with slow practice turns to pet grooming

A lawyer in Queens, New York, is going into the pet grooming business after seeing a downturn in his criminal defense practice. Gerard Marrone has purchased an animal hospital and seven pet spas and grooming businesses. “It went from busy attorney to almost doing nothing,” Marrone told WABC. “I had no way to make a living at all.” (WABC)

Lawyers find parents of 105 separated immigrant children

In the past month, lawyers have found the parents of 105 immigrant children separated from their families during the Trump administration, according to a court filing Wednesday. The lawyers are still looking for the parents of 506 children, they said in their steering committee report. The lawyers say they plan to work with a new Biden administration task force that is seeking to reunite separated families. The families were separated when the United States began to prosecute all adults who crossed the southern border illegally. (NBC News)

1st Circuit strikes down law requiring ‘à la carte’ cable

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Boston on Wednesday blocked a Maine law requiring cable companies to offer “à la carte” options to customers. The law had required cable companies to purchase separate cable channels and individual programs, rather than a bundled package. The appeals court said the law implicates the First Amendment, and the state has not offered enough evidence for the law to survive. (The Hollywood Reporter, Courthouse News Service, the 1st Circuit opinion)

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