Law Legislation

  • Linda Merlo, an airbnb host from the Bronx, speaks at a rally on the steps of New York City Hall showing support for the company on October 30, 2015 in New York City. The New York City council is currently debating how to regulate the controversial company.

    The lawsuit pushed back against a call for fines of up to $7,500 for illegally listing properties on rental platforms, The New York Times reports.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb filed the suit in October after New York state enacted a law imposing fines of up to $7,500 on hosts who advertise illegal...

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a video statement just days before a federal deadline, calling on all parties in the Dakota Access oil pipeline dispute to avoid violence. Lynch says the Justice Department is trying to open lines of communications between law enforcement and protesters. She says that's included the "active engagement" of the Office...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 2- The junk-rated Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced a bigger, largely bond-financed capital budget a day after a veto by Illinois' governor put a $215 million hole in the district's budget. CPS said it added $600 million in projects to its fiscal 2017 capital plan, bringing the total to $938 million. On Thursday, Republican Governor Bruce...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Environmentalists and the Pocahontas Land Corp. have agreed to settle a lawsuit over coal mine drainage into streams in southern West Virginia. The environmental groups say Pocahontas' former White Flame mountaintop-removal mine in Mingo County continues to discharge selenium, dissolved solids, sulfates and other pollutants into...

  • The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Friday said federal judges lacked jurisdiction to decide whether the SEC deprived Wing Chau and his firm Harding Advisory LLC of equal protection by pursuing an in-house administrative proceeding instead of suing in federal court. In January 2015, an SEC administrative law judge ordered Chau and Harding...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by printer cartridge reseller Impression Products Inc of a lower court ruling finding it liable for infringing patent rights of Lexmark International Inc when it imported Lexmark's toner products back to the United States after they were sold abroad. At issue is whether foreign sales...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law. New Jersey- based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois- based Advocate Health System and California-...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers. Lower courts ruled against the hospitals— Dignity Health, Advocate Health Care Network and Saint Peter's Healthcare System— saying their pensions...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by printer cartridge reseller Impression Products Inc of a lower court ruling finding it liable for infringing patent rights of Lexmark International Inc when it imported Lexmark's toner products back to the United States after they were sold abroad. If upheld by the justices, the...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law. New Jersey- based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois- based Advocate Health System and California-...

  • WARSAW, Dec 2- Rating agency Standard& Poor's raised the outlook on Poland's sovereign rating to stable from negative on Friday citing reduced concerns over the central bank's independence from government. In January, S&P cut Poland's sovereign rating to BBB+ with a negative outlook, saying the conservative Law and Justice government was weakening key...

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Internal emails show that city and state officials blame a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections for a company's decision to pick another state for a new project that includes 700 jobs. The Charlotte Observer reports that emails obtained through public records requests show that the law known as HB2 was cited as a key factor in CoStar...

  • The financial entrepreneur says she has received death threats and racial and sexual abuse since she won a High Court ruling forcing the British government to seek Parliamentary approval before leaving the European Union. "It's turned into a poisoned chalice if you like," Miller told The Associated Press as she prepared for the Supreme Court to begin hearing...

  • LOS ANGELES— California Treasurer John Chiang on Friday appealed to President-elect Donald Trump for guidance on how the state's projected $7 billion marijuana industry can participate in the nation's banking system while pot remains illegal under U.S. law. California voters last month approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of...

  • LJUBLJANA, Slovenia— No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians. "Judicial practice in Slovenia is clear: the use of the name, surname and photo of someone for commercial purposes without approval is not allowed," Pirc Musar told The Associated Press, adding that the law firm has sent a press release to all Slovenian media, warning of a...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Court rejects pro-Trump request for immediate halt to Wisconsin presidential recount, but allows lawsuit to proceed.

  • WASHINGTON— Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investor's proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to "fully and...

  • The bill, crafted after weeks of talks between House and Senate negotiators, prohibits Obama from following through on his longstanding campaign pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill also bars the Pentagon from reducing the number of military bases even though senior U.S. defense officials said there is excess capacity, and it awards U.S....

  • BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Dec 2- The rust-colored border security fence starts in a dusty field on the Loop family farm in South Texas- about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and a mile north of the southern U.S. border. The porous South Texas border fence, authorized in 2006, underscores how topography, treaty obligations, legal fights and high costs could...