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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Twitter for Allegedly Targeting Female Employees in Layoffs

Unusual Whales: “After Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, one of the major news about the social platform was layoffs after layoffs. Now, Twitter got hit by a class action lawsuit for targeting female employees. The proposed lawsuit says the layoffs included 57% of total females and only 47% of total men, but the new lawsuit brings the number up to 63% of women and 48% of men. The lawsuit was filed by two women who were laid off in November and accused the company of sex discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that Twitter broke federal and California laws. One of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said that Musk had intentionally targeted women without regard for their contributions and talent. She said women were targeted when the new Twitter CEO bought the company. To add to the case, Twitter was alleged to let go of employees and contractors without legally required advance notice and did not pay the promised severance. In early November, Twitter laid off about 3,700 employees, with hundreds more resigning after Musk’s previous call to “hardcore” work. The new Twitter CEO gave employees an ultimatum to commit to long work hours at high intensity, per WP…”

Former antiabortion advocate describes ‘stealth’ efforts at Supreme Court

“Washington Post $: “Evangelical minister Robert L. Schenck recruited wealthy Christian couples to serve as “stealth missionaries” at the Supreme Court for about two decades, forging friendships with conservative justices to “bolster” their views, particularly on abortion, Schenck told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “Our overarching goals were to gain insight into the conservative… Continue Reading

How the Supreme Court Is Erasing Consequential Decisions in the Lower Courts

The New York Times: “The Supreme Court is increasingly setting aside legally significant decisions from the lower courts as if they had never happened, invalidating them in brief procedural orders. The pace of these actions has increased in the past 22 months, neutralizing important civil rights and civil liberties decisions. Reasoned opinions by the federal… Continue Reading

National Constitution Center Proposed Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution proposed at a convention of libertarian, progressive, and conservative professors and scholars on August 29 and 31, 2022: “When the National Constitution Center asked three teams to come up with constitutional amendments based on commonalities among our draft constitutions…The Progressive Team came to the convention with high hopes for some… Continue Reading

Redacted Documents Are Not as Secure as You Think

Wired: “Popular redaction tools don’t always work as promised, and new attacks can reveal hidden information, researchers say. For years, if you wanted to protect sensitive text in a document, you could grab a pair of scissors or a scalpel and cut out the information. If this didn’t work, a chunky black marker pen would… Continue Reading

Legal counsel to Justice Alito responds to alleged ethical lapses

Steven Mazie – “I’ve been covering the Supreme Court for only about a decade but I don’t recall seeing a letter from the legal office or seeing a Justice effectively lawyer up in response to allegations. It’s remarkable Justice Alito saw the need to do so here.” The New York Times – Supreme Court Defends… Continue Reading

Glass Box Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice

Garrett, Brandon L. and Rudin, Cynthia and Rudin, Cynthia, Glass Box Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice (November 14, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4275661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4275661 “As we embrace data-driven technologies across a wide range of human activities, policymakers and researchers increasingly sound alarms regarding the dangers posed by “black box” uses of artificial intelligence (AI)… Continue Reading

The End of Roe v Wade and New Legal Frontiers on the Constitutional Right to Abortion

Cohen, I. Glenn and Murray, Melissa and Gostin, Lawrence O., The End of Roe v Wade and New Legal Frontiers on the Constitutional Right to Abortion (July 8, 2022). The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online July 8, 2022, at E1-E2. (2022). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2460. DOI No.: 10.1001/jama.2022.12397… Continue Reading

Private groups swaying SCOTUS litigation

Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Johnson sent a letter to Chief Justice Roberts on September 7, 2022.”We write as Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Federal Courts Subcommittees to request information regarding another allegation of potentially unethical conduct at the Supreme Court of the United States…“One of the nation’s most important institutions … has been… Continue Reading

Senior Democratic lawmakers demand answers on alleged Supreme Court leak

Politico via Yahoo: “Two senior Democrats in Congress are demanding that Chief Justice John Roberts detail what, if anything, the Supreme Court has done to respond to recent allegations of a leak of the outcome of a major case the high court considered several years ago. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)… Continue Reading

Feds arrest Russians accused of running the largest pirated e-book library

Ars Technica: “Last month, the alleged masterminds behind Z-Library—an e-book pirate site that claims to be “the world’s largest library”—were arrested. According to a press release yesterday from the US Department of Justice, Russian nationals Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova have been charged with “criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering for operating Z-Library.”… Continue Reading

What Is the Filibuster and How Can the Senate Reform It?

Democracy Docket: “In June, Senate Republicans blocked a landmark piece of voting rights legislation, the For the People Act. In October, they blocked a revised, compromised version, the Freedom to Vote Act. In November, it was the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act that failed. If Democrats hold a slim majority in the U.S. Senate,… Continue Reading