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Oral Arguments in Emoluments Clause Suit Against Trump
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Oral arguments are scheduled this week for a lawsuit alleging that President Trump violated the Emoluments Clause. The complaint was filed in federal court in New York and alleges that the president's restaurants and hotels have benefited unfairly by doing business with foreign governments. The Emoluments Clause bars the president from accepting gifts or other benefits from foreign leaders without congressional consent. "We argue that the President is violating these clauses in a number of ways, including through patronage by foreign and domestic governments at the Trump International Hotels in Washington, D.C. and New York, leases held by foreign governments at New York's Trump Tower, and other business dealings in foreign countries," stated the plaintiffs.
Olivia Beavers, The Hill 10/15/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed by Marriot Hotel Against Wright State Over Cancelled Rooms Dropped
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UD Marriott has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Wright State for a block of cancelled rooms. The Ohio hotel filed suit against the university after it canceled when the school lost the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. The lawsuit was dropped last month, said attorneys for Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co., the management company that runs and is partial owner of the Marriott at the University of Dayton. The lawsuit was seeking at least $170,000 in damages for the cancelled rooms.
Max Filby, Dayton Daily News 10/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Charlottesville Files Suit Seeking to Block Further Hate Demonstrations
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The city of Charlottesville, Virginia has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent further hateful demonstrations, like the deadly white supremacist rally this summer. The city filed suit on Thursday alleging the white supremacists who descended on the city in August were acting as an illegal militia. If the lawsuit is successful, the city would be able to block or strictly limit similar demonstrations. "It was not a normal protest, what we saw was really militaries invading Charlottesville," said the former head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the city.
Paula Reid, 10/14/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Says Nonprofit Second Chance Misled Consumers
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A Maryland couple has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore-based nonprofit Second Chance alleging that it misled consumers. According to the lawsuit filed by the couple from Bethesda, Second Chance misled consumers into believing they would benefit from significant tax refunds and deductions by donating a house they owned for "deconstruction”. The lawsuit filed last week in Montgomery County Circuit Court also names as defendant Fredericksburg, Va., appraisal firm NoVaStar Appraisals Inc. The complaint is seeking class-action status.
Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun 10/12/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Housing Discrimination Suit Filed Against Brooklyn Landlord
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A housing discrimination lawsuit has been filed against a Brooklyn landlord. The Brooklyn federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the landlord discriminated against families with small children by making the kids undergo lead testing. The lawsuit against The Parkoff Organization further alleges that the company lied to African American families about rental rates in one property. The "extensive and systematic discrimination must stop. Their behavior is not simply offensive: It causes enormous harm,” says the lawsuit, filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center.
Andrew Keshner, New York Daily News 10/17/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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U.S. Dismisses Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Group
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The U.S. government has dropped a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc accusing it of submitting false claims to get inflated Medicare payouts. A court filing for dismissal was filed a week after a judge dismissed the complaint but stated that it could be amended. According to U.S. District Judge John Walter in Los Angeles, the lawsuit failed to identify any UnitedHealth officers who signed documents vouching for data submitted to the Medicare Advantage program. Additionally, the complaint failed to prove that any of the officers knew they were signing off on false information.
Brendan Pierson, US News and World Report 10/13/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Multiple Suits Filed in the Wake of Las Vegas Mass Shooting
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On October 10, 2017, two separate lawsuits were filed in Nevada federal court in the wake of the devastating Las Vegas mass shooting by The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (“The Brady Center”) and shooting victim, Paige Gasper. The Brady Center is bringing class claims on behalf of the shooting victims. Both suits allege that the negligence of the Mandalay Bay Resort and its owner MGM Resorts International, contributed to the horrific results of the shooting. Mandalay Bay is the hotel where shooter Stephen Paddock was staying when he opened fire on innocent concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 people and injuring over 500 including plaintiff Paige Gasper.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 10/17/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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