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Law Legislation

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people. The law signed Friday requires real estate agents, brokers and property managers to undergo a fingerprint-based check every third...

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to undergo a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by last November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people. Chip Huggins, R- Columbia, the bill's main sponsor, said Monday. Todd Kohlhepp was arrested after authorities said they found a...

  • Vadym Iermolovych, 29, of Kiev, had been the first hacker to admit criminal wrongdoing, in what authorities have called the largest known hacking scheme to game financial markets, leading to more than $100 million of legal profit. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark, New Jersey, one year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy...

  • NEW YORK— Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive.

  • Vadym Iermolovych, 29, of Kiev, had been the first defendant to admit criminal wrongdoing, in what authorities have called the largest known hacking scheme to game financial markets, leading to more than $100 million of legal profit. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark, New Jersey, one year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The ruling is likely to lessen the steady flow of patent...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday asked a federal court for more time to decide how to proceed on the cost-sharing subsidies paid to health insurers that play a vital role in the Obamacare healthcare law. A lower court had ruled in favor of the lawmakers, saying that Congress must appropriate the...

  • The Texas House has given final approval to a scaled-back version of a hotly debated transgender "bathroom bill" similar to one in North Carolina that caused national uproar last year. Texas lawmakers have revived a more narrowly focused version of a transgender "bathroom bill" like the one in North Carolina that sparked a national backlash, but the Texas law...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday told a federal court they have not yet decided on how to proceed in a major case that could end cost-sharing subsidies paid to insurers that are vital to the functioning of the Obamacare healthcare law. In a joint filing submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Some New York state lawmakers want to withhold millions of dollars of funding from Penn Station until Amtrak resolves chronic commuter train delays at the busy New York City train facility. The bill before the state Senate would direct the Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority not to make payments to Penn Station...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The Trump administration and U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Monday told a federal court they have not yet decided on how to proceed in a major case that could end cost-sharing subsidies paid to insurers that are vital to the functioning of the Obamacare healthcare law. In a joint filing submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

  • LONDON, May 22- Royal Bank of Scotland is close to settling a costly and potentially embarrassing case alleging it misled shareholders during a 12 billion pound fundraising at the height of the financial crisis, sources familiar with the talks said on Monday. Trevor Hemmings, a multimillionaire businessman whom Reuters previously reported is one of the main...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed. The case involved an appeal from TC Heartland, an Indiana- based food sweetener company sued by Kraft Foods in Delaware. But the Supreme Court's ruling will have the...

  • SUPREME COURT TIGHTENS RULES OVER WHERE PATENT LAWSUITS MAY BE FILED.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers. Before 2008, companies with activities in Michigan and outside the state could limit their tax liability by...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by several major corporations to a Michigan law that retroactively changed the way businesses are taxed in the state, leading to $1 billion extra for government coffers. The justices turned away appeals by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, IBM Corp, AT&T Inc's DirecTV, Monster Beverage...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is rejecting challenges by IBM, Goodyear and other businesses seeking more than $1 billion in tax refunds from Michigan. Rick Snyder signed a measure into law in 2014 that affected business taxes back to 2008. The law was upheld by a Michigan appeals court.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas lawmakers have revived a more narrowly focused version of a transgender "bathroom bill" like the one in North Carolina that sparked a national backlash, but the Texas law would apply only to public schools and not all bathrooms. A broader proposal mandating that transgender Texas residents use public restrooms according to their birth...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas— though it may only apply to public schools. "it's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time to...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on Congress' efforts to press ahead with efforts to work out a replacement for' Obamacare. This comes as Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. Just as happened in the House, Republicans...