Federal Law

NEW YORK | Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit

NEW YORK  — President Donald Trump‘s company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering developers massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. The Trump National Golf Club outside Philadelphia is in one of the nation’s nearly 9,000 high-poverty areas offering the breaks to spur investment, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump club is in tax break zone, but is unlikely to benefit

United States News: Statement of United States Attorneys Matthew Schneider and Andrew Birge Regarding the Passage of Proposal One

United States – The people of Michigan have voted to legalize – with certain restrictions – the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana under state law. However, marijuana continues to be an illegal drug under federal law. As the chief federal law enforcement officers in Michigan, we are providing this statement regarding the enforcement of … Continue reading United States News: Statement of United States Attorneys Matthew Schneider and Andrew Birge Regarding the Passage of Proposal One

WASHINGTON | Justices rule for firefighters claiming age discrimination

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has decided unanimously that local governments with small workforces must comply with a federal law against age discrimination. The justices ruled Tuesday in favor of two Arizona firefighters who claimed they were laid off because of their age when the local fire district they worked for faced a budget squeeze. Justice … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justices rule for firefighters claiming age discrimination

WASHINGTON | US steps up scrutiny of funds for asbestos exposure victims

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has stepped up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds, concerned that the pots of money intended to help people exposed to the hazardous substance are being depleted by fraudulent claims, harming victims, businesses and the government. The Justice Department in the last two months has demanded trust documents as part of a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US steps up scrutiny of funds for asbestos exposure victims

Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

A federal jury found three men guilty of fraud charges for channeling secret payment to the families of top-tier recruits to influence their choices of schools, apparel companies and agents. Wednesday’s verdicts place the blame firmly on the men for exposing the universities to NCAA sanctions, essentially portraying the schools as victims. The NCAA may … Continue reading Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Supreme Court wrestles with immigration case

WASHINGTON — The Latest on an immigration case being heard by the Supreme Court (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The Supreme Court is wrestling with a case involving the detention of immigrants. The issue in the case the justices heard Wednesday has to do with when federal law gives immigration authorities the ability to hold … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Supreme Court wrestles with immigration case

SAN DIEGO | US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

WASHINGTON | Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy

WASHINGTON  — A federal judge has dealt a blow to President Donald Trump’s effort to overhaul the U.S. bureaucracy, including by making it easier to fire government workers. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says in a ruling issued Saturday that key provisions of three executive orders Trump signed in May “undermine federal employees’ right … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy

Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting. Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be governed by federal law rather than state law. The Supreme Court ruled … Continue reading Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

SAN DIEGO | US Border agency tests body cams on agents in 9 locations

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is starting tests of body-worn cameras for employees at nine locations, potentially leading to a broad rollout that would make it the first federal law enforcement agency to use them on a large scale. The nation’s largest law enforcement agency concluded in November 2015 under President … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | US Border agency tests body cams on agents in 9 locations

PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION AGREES TO PAY $137 MILLION TO RESOLVE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT CHARGES

WASHINGTON – Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC), a subsidiary of multinational electronics company Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic), has agreed to pay a $137.4 million criminal penalty to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to retain consultants for improper purposes and conceal payments to third-party sales agents, in violation of the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt … Continue reading PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION AGREES TO PAY $137 MILLION TO RESOLVE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT CHARGES

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

WASHINGTON | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court’s 5-4 decision — in an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

Sessions: US prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases

WASHINGTON /March 10, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take … Continue reading Sessions: US prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases

Florida shooting revives debate over gun age requirement

February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Just months after his 18th birthday, Nikolas Cruz went to a Florida gun store to buy a weapon. But there were limits on what he could purchase at his age. Cruz wasn’t old enough to buy any of the handguns at the store. But there’s no such restriction for rifles, shotguns … Continue reading Florida shooting revives debate over gun age requirement

AG Herring urges repeal of Federal Law in order to hold drug manufacturers & distributors accountable for opioid oversupply

Current law severely limits the DEA’s response to the opioid crisis, prevents DEA from issuing immediate suspension order RICHMOND, VA/November 14, 2017 (STL.News) – In an effort to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable for the oversupply of opioid pain killers, Attorney General Mark R. Herring sent a letter late yesterday to congressional leaders, urging … Continue reading AG Herring urges repeal of Federal Law in order to hold drug manufacturers & distributors accountable for opioid oversupply

States scramble to comply with federal ID law

OLYMPIA, Wash./May 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Several states have struggled for years to comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States. With a January deadline … Continue reading States scramble to comply with federal ID law