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Court rules Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is ‘essential public service’

The Guardian UK – Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is ‘essential public service’, court rules. “Michigan’s second-highest court has dealt a legal blow to Nestlé’s Ice Mountain water brand, ruling that the company’s commercial water-bottling operation is “not an essential public service” or a public water supply. The court of appeals ruling is a victory for Osceola township, a small mid-Michigan town that blocked Nestlé from building a pumping station that doesn’t comply with its zoning laws. But the case could also throw a wrench in Nestlé’s attempts to privatize water around the country.

If it is to carry out such plans, then it will need to be legally recognized as a public water source that provides an essential public service. The Michigan environmental attorney Jim Olson, who did not represent Osceola township but has previously battled Nestlé in court, said any claim that the Swiss multinational is a public water utility “is ludicrous”…”

Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”

Ars Technica – “The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes annotations written by LexisNexis. The… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 30, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 30, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Via Kris Kasianovitz, Government Information Librarian for International, State and Local Documents, Head, Social Sciences Resource Group, Green Library, 123E, Stanford, CA 94305 – “For those who work with State and Local government information (legal, regulatory, legislative, executive, etc. – that’s most of us, yea?) – you might want to tune in to this webcast or if… Continue Reading

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson broadly rejects absolutist claims of executive power

Washington Post: “In her ruling that Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington goes to great lengths to illustrate how far out on a constitutional limb President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have crawled with their absolutist claims of executive power. Jackson invokes “Animal Farm”… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 15, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 15, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Trump ‘Absolutely Immune’ From NY Tax Subpoena, Justices Told

Law360 – “President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to find that he has “absolute immunity” from criminal investigations while president and to block the Manhattan district attorney’s subpoena of tax and financial records from his accounting firm.  The Second Circuit found President Donald Trump’s presidential immunity from state criminal process doesn’t extend… Continue Reading

Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional

EFF – Government Must Have Reasonable Suspicion of Digital Contraband Before Searching People’s Electronic Devices at the U.S. Border – “In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry… Continue Reading

Competition Law

Comparative Competition Law (CCL) Project (Anu Bradford (Columbia University Law School), Adam Chilton (University of Chicago Law School)) via Lyonette Louis-Jacques – “[T]here is scant empirical evidence on what leads to the adoption of competition laws and what effects these laws have on market outcomes. Our research seeks to provide a new empirical foundation for… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Examining Her Path to the High Court Bench and its Intersection with the ACLU

Brinkley, Jennifer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Examining Her Path to the High Court Bench and its Intersection with the ACLU (June 1, 2018). Lincoln Memorial University law Review, Vol. 6, Spring 2019, Issue 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3463979 “This paper examines Justice Ginsburg’s history, her impassioned activism on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, her… Continue Reading

Divided by Design Findings from the American South

“Incubated at Emerson Collective and led by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, E Pluribus Unum is an initiative created to fulfill America’s promise of justice and opportunity for all by breaking down the barriers that divide us by race and class….What We’ve Learned – we’ve coded every word of what we’ve heard to help… Continue Reading

Crushing Immigration Judge Caseloads and Lengthening Hearing Wait Times

“The current policies of the Trump Administration have been unsuccessful in stemming the rise in the Immigration Court’s backlog. Overcrowded dockets create lengthening wait times for hearings. At some locations, immigrants with pending cases now wait on average 1,450 days or more – over four years! – before their hearing is scheduled. Despite promises to… Continue Reading