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Law Legislation

  • Feb 28- India's Tata Sons Ltd has agreed to pay Japan's NTT DoCoMo about $1.17 billion in connection with the termination of a joint venture in the South Asian nation, the Nikkei daily reported, without citing its sources. India's central bank blocked Tata's offer, saying a rule change the previous year prevented foreign investors from selling stakes in Indian...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that several federal agencies had acted reasonably in rejecting the labeling regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug...

  • With the GOP- controlled Congress starting its third month of work on one of its marquee priorities, unresolved difficulties include how their substitute would handle Medicaid, whether millions of voters might lose coverage, how their proposed tax credits would work and how to pay for the costly exercise. In a fresh blow, a leading House conservative said late...

  • WASHINGTON— The Interior Department's law enforcement director "demonstrated a pattern of unprofessional behavior" by touching and hugging female employees and making flirtatious remarks, the agency's inspector general said in a report released Monday. The report by the inspector general, the agency's internal watchdog, follows reports it issued last...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— In heavily Mormon Utah, a lawmaker introduced a proposal Monday allowing restaurants to stop using walls or backrooms known as "Zion Curtains" that block customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being made. Brad Wilson clarified Monday night. Restaurants that don't create a buffer area would have to keep or put in Zion Curtains, a reference to...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor. The president's first major meeting with governors comes as Congress prepares to move forward on a repeal and replacement of the health care...

  • WASHINGTON— With a nod to the importance of social media in American life, the Supreme Court signaled Monday it could strike down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. At least five justices, a majority of the court, suggested during argument that they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester...

  • President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine two data transfer agreements between the United States and the EU, Washington wrote in a letter to allay European concerns. Securing equal treatment of EU citizens was key to agreeing the Umbrella Agreement which protects law enforcement data shared between the United States...

  • The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. Grace Hwang's lawsuit was one of many employee cases heard by federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. The majority opinion he wrote siding with Kansas State is illustrative.

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • MINSK, Belarus— Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed. Many in Belarus are unhappy with a so-called "anti-sponging" law that forces citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with nation's labor...

  • BEIJING, Feb 26- China will focus on stable development of its capital markets this year, but will press ahead to further open its markets to foreign companies, the top securities regulator said on Sunday. "We will not waver from reforms more market-based, law-based and international, Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a news...

  • Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to discuss with American officials India's concerns over proposed U.S. legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from India and other countries. U.S.- India relations generally prospered under the Obama administration, but New Delhi will be hoping that Trump...

  • President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has heard dozens of workers' rights cases on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. UPS: United Parcel Service worker Carole Strickland accused UPS of sex discrimination and of retaliating against her for taking two weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to deal with stress.

  • The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. Grace Hwang's lawsuit was one of many employee cases heard by federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. The majority opinion he wrote siding with Kansas State is illustrative.

  • WASHINGTON— A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. The 105- page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R- Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed a Texas federal judge's ruling upholding a Labor Department's regulation aimed at putting retirement savers' interest first on Friday, the latest salvo in the securities industry's fight against the regulation. Earlier this month, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas ruled against...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 24- The Chicago Public Schools said on Friday it will return $18 million in funding cuts to certain schools in a move that will increase the cash-strapped district's lingering budget deficit to $129 million. "This increases the districts remaining budget deficit from $111 million to $129 million." Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's veto in December...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is developing a plan to poll mom and pop investors about their views on how regulatory policies may impact them directly, amid concerns their voices are not often heard when the SEC writes new rules. In a speech at "SEC Speaks," an annual conference held by the Practising Law Institute, SEC Investor...

  • Piwowar's comments come at a time when many on Wall Street have been questioning whether the Justice Department and the SEC will ease enforcement of the FCPA. In addition, Trump's pick to lead the SEC, attorney Jay Clayton, previously chaired a committee at the New York City Bar Association which drafted a paper that was somewhat critical of how the law was being...