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California legislature bans plastic grocery bags
August 30, 2014
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the state....... [more]

Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]

Immigration authorities settle lawsuit with ACLU
August 28, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled a federal lawsuit (text) on Wednesday, requiring US immigration authorities to ensure that undocumented Mexican immigrants are made aware of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The class action lawsuit, filed in June 2013, alleged t....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California gun waiting period
August 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated th....... [more]

California AG to appeal death penalty ruling
August 22, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the Eighth....... [more]

California passes law banning sterilization of inmates
August 20, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown was a presented with a bill on Tuesday to ban sterilization of female inmates in California after the California Senate unanimously voted to pass the law. The bill bans any form of sterilization in a correctional facility for the purposes of birth control unless there....... [more]

Federal judge rejects settlement in tech company hiring case
August 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday rejected a bid by Adobe Systems Inc., Apple, Google and Intel to settle ongoing antitrust litigation brought by employees in the technology industry. The corporations filed a motion in June requesting the leave of th....... [more]

Federal judge rules against NCAA in antitrust lawsuit
August 9, 2014
The US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cannot prevent college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses. The class action case was brought by a group of current....... [more]

California prisons propose reform of use of force standards
August 6, 2014
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) proposed new policies Friday for use of force against mentally ill inmates. The new regulations would require prison guards to consider the mental health status of inmates and their ability to understand commands before resorting to....... [more]

New York advocacy groups challenge teacher tenure
August 4, 2014
An education advocacy group on Monday filed suit in New York to challenge the state's teacher tenure laws, becoming the second group in the state to do so. The challenges, brought by the New York City Parents Union and the Partnership for Educational Justice, claim that existing laws protecting tea....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]




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