7th Cir. Upholds Class Settlement Despite Atty Fee Award in Excess of Award to Class

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held, over extensive objections by intervenors, that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in approving a class action settlement, despite alleged problems with the class notice and the fact that the attorneys’ fees award exceeded the total award to the class. In so
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Richest 1% Capture Twice as Much Income Growth as the Bottom Half

The inaugural World Inequality Report published on Thursday by economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, Facundo Alvaredo and Lucas Chancel documents the rise in global income and wealth inequality since 1980. The report covers up to 2016, leaving out the last year, in which the stock market has soared on the expectation that the … Continue reading Richest 1% Capture Twice as Much Income Growth as the Bottom Half →

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Donald Trump federal judge nominee is asked basic legal questions and can’t answer a single one

One of Donald Trump’s nominees to become a federal judge has failed to answer a string of basic questions about law. Matthew Spencer Petersen admitted he was unfamiliar with several common legal terms during questioning by Republican Senator John Kennedy at a hearing earlier this week. 
He told the hearing: “My background is not in litigation. I understand the challenge ahead of me if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge. I understand that the path that many successful district court judges have taken has been a different one than I have taken.”

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New City Ordinance Outlaws Giving Money to Panhandlers, Violators Will Be Fined & Jailed

Wichita, USA used to be known as “Cowtown” because of its cattle trade but now if people stop and give something as small as a cheeseburger to a homeless person they run the risk going to jail and paying a $500 fine. The ordinance was recently approved by the city council and now complicates matters for both panhandlers and philanthropic citizens alike.

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Cop Shuts Off Dashcam During Drug Dog Sniff. Appeals Court: This Is Fine.

If cops have the ability and opportunity to record a traffic stop, should it be held against them when they don’t? Arguments have been made to that effect for a few years now. Dashcams have been in wide use for at least a couple of decades. Law enforcement agencies all over the US are issuing body cameras to officers. But it seems whenever something questionable happens, footage is nowhere to be found, or what there is of it is almost useless.

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Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo over ‘predatory’ sales practices

CNN- The Navajo Nation has sued Wells Fargo, claiming the bank targeted tribal members with “predatory sales tactics.” In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, the tribe alleged that Wells Fargo — the only national bank that services its territory — preyed on people by opening unauthorized bank accounts and debit cards, and by pressuring people, […]

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Treasury alleges states misspent funds intended to help homeowners fight foreclosure

Bangor Daily News- The Treasury Department is investigating the expenditures of housing agencies in 18 states and the District of Columbia that used federal funds aimed at bailing out homeowners in danger of losing their properties to foreclosure, alleging that some misspent the money and will have to repay it. So far, the Treasury’s Office […]

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