Legislation & Lobbying

3077 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

SCOTUS rules states have immunity from copyright suits in case involving Blackbeard’s ship

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that states have sovereign immunity from lawsuits alleging copyright infringement.

Congress did not have the authority to eliminate that immunity when it passed the…

Lawsuits over coronavirus quarantines are unlikely to succeed, experts say

Lawsuits challenging COVID-19 quarantines and restrictions on public gatherings may be doomed to failure. Experts said the government has broad powers to handle a public health crisis.

How to plan ahead for compliance and privacy projections

As general counsel at Checkr, one of the most interesting challenges I face is staying on top of the ever-changing laws and regulations in the background check industry and…

9th Circuit blocks two policies that restrict and discourage asylum applications
A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two Trump administration policies that affect asylum-seekers.
ABA president applauds bill putting public defenders ‘on an equitable playing field with prosecutors’
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez commended on Thursday two federal lawmakers who introduced legislation that would boost support for public defenders with a $250 million grant program.
Employers can’t use salary history to justify lower pay for women, full 9th Circuit rules

The Equal Pay Act does not permit paying lower salaries to women based on their pay histories, according to the en banc 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San…

Over 70 former Reinhardt clerks urge judiciary to change reporting procedures and training
Accusations of sexual harassment against the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a federal appeals judge, have led to a call for action by dozens of his former law clerks. Seventy-two former Reinhardt clerks signed an open letter seeking new procedures for reporting workplace misconduct by judges and supervisors, as well as improved training on sexual harassment.
ABA House of Delegates passes resolution on drones; delegate calls it ‘a hot topic’
The ABA will address the growing presence of drones in American airspace by lobbying for regulations that would help prevent operators of the unmanned aircraft from trespassing on private property.
ABA House votes in favor of ‘ghost guns’ restrictions, firearm permits and safe storage
The ABA will call for tighter controls to curb gun violence after adopting three resolutions Monday addressing gun permits, so-called ghost guns and safe storage.
ABA House of Delegates urges legislation protecting marijuana lawyers and banks
The ABA House of Delegates adopted two resolutions Monday urging federal legislation to shield lawyers and banks from criminal liability for providing services to state-legalized marijuana businesses.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Avenatti is convicted for trying to extort Nike; Alabama bill would mandate vasectomies

Stormy Daniels’ ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti is convicted

Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, was convicted Friday for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.…

New feature in Westlaw Edge predicts legislative outcomes
Thomson Reuters unveiled a new feature in Westlaw Edge on Wednesday that uses artificial intelligence to provide a variety of information about federal legislation, including predictions about a bill’s likelihood of passage.
Afternoon Briefs: Donor says law school not honoring wishes; Justice Thomas says judges aren’t ‘mass media icons’

Attorney disputes his University of Michigan Law School gift

Lance J. Johnson, a Minnesota lawyer who had donated $150,000 to the University of Michigan Law School and had planned to…

Measures for Justice brings about reform by traveling the country to record criminal justice data

Staffers of travel the country unearthing, cleaning and publishing county-level criminal justice data in what they hope will be each of America’s 3,141 boroughs, counties, independent cities, parishes and the District of Columbia.

States help trafficking survivors overcome criminal records

In recent years, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada introduced laws to help trafficking survivors clear their records and overcome obstacles to employment, housing and education. Other states, including Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey and New York, are moving forward with more proposed legislation.

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