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Thai Airways wins court approval for restructuring plan
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Thai Airways aircraft are parked on the tarmac at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File PhotoBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Airways International Pcl won court approval on Tuesday for a restructuring plan, a legal adviser to the company’s creditors told Reuters, as the airline that is already under bankruptcy protection seeks to turn around its fortunes. The Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok gave approval, which allows the plan to move forward, Somboon Sangrungjang said. The airline’s creditors last month approved the plan to restructure 245 billion baht ($7.87 billion) of its debt, but a court hearing was postponed after two complaints were filed. ($1 = 31.1300 baht)
Persons: Athit, Somboon Sangrungjang Organizations: Thai Airways, REUTERS, Thai Airways International Pcl, Bankruptcy Locations: BANGKOK, Bangkok
Court nod paves way for makeover of Thai Airways' $12.9 billion debt
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Chayut Setboonsarng | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BANGKOK (Reuters) -Thai Airways International Pcl won court approval on Tuesday for restructuring its $12.9 billion debt load as the airline that is already under bankruptcy protection seeks to turn around its fortunes. FILE PHOTO: Thai Airways aircraft are parked on the tarmac at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport March 27, 2015. The plan covers the airline’s debt of 400 billion baht ($12.86 billion), he said. Thai Airways says it has cut 30 billion baht in expenses. Thai Airways is due to hold a news conference later on Tuesday.
Persons: Athit, , Kudun, Chansin Treenuchagron, Piyasvasti Amranand, Piyasvasti Organizations: Thai Airways International Pcl, Thai Airways, REUTERS, Bankruptcy, Partners, Reuters, Thai, Airways Locations: BANGKOK, Bangkok, Phuket, Thailand
BANGKOK (Reuters) -Thai Airways International Pcl won court approval on Tuesday to restructure a debt load of $12.9 billion as the airline, which is already in bankruptcy protection, seeks to turn around its fortunes. FILE PHOTO: Thai Airways aircraft are parked on the tarmac at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport March 27, 2015. The restructuring plan for 170 billion baht worth of debt relies heavily on debt extensions and debt-to-equity conversions, and limits most of the haircuts to late interest payments, Somboon said. Thai Airways says it has cut 30 billion baht in expenses. “Thai Airway’s challenges are mainly institutional and inefficiency.
Persons: Athit, , Kudun, Chansin Treenuchagron, Piyasvasti Amranand, Piyasvasti, Somboon, Chai Eamsiri, Ben Kiatkwankul Organizations: Thai Airways International Pcl, Thai Airways, REUTERS, Partners, Reuters, Thai, Maverick Consulting Group Locations: BANGKOK, Bangkok, Phuket, Thailand
Philippines’ Duterte will not cooperate with ICC probe into killings
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters/File PhotoPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not cooperate with an investigation of the Southeast Asian nation’s drug war killings planned by the International Criminal Court (ICC), his spokesperson said on Tuesday. Rights groups and critics of the drug killings have welcomed the step by the ICC, saying a full-scale investigation will bring justice closer for the thousands of people killed in Duterte's bloody war on drugs. "We do not need foreigners to investigate killings in the drug war because the legal system is working in the Philippines," Roque said, adding he believed launching a formal probe was "legally erroneous and politically motivated." An ICC prosecutor sought authorisation on Monday to open a full investigation into the killings, saying crimes against humanity could have been committed. Rights group say police were summarily executing suspects, but authorities say they were killed after violently resisting arrest.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Shinzo Abe, Kazuhiro, Harry Roque, Duterte, Roque, Antonio Trillanes Organizations: Japan's, International Criminal Court, ICC, Rights, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Philippines
REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo/File PhotoNorwegian climate activists have asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to rule against Norway's plans for more oil drilling in the Arctic, the campaigners said on Tuesday, arguing the country's exploration deprives young people of their future. In the Netherlands, a court recently ordered Shell (RDSa.L) to cut its emissions in a lawsuit brought by citizens who argued that the Anglo-Dutch oil major violated their human rights. read more"The environmentalists argue that, by allowing new oil drilling in the midst of a climate crisis, Norway is in breach of fundamental human rights," the campaigners said in a statement announcing their appeal to the ECHR. Lasse Eriksen Bjoern, 24, an activist from the indigenous Sami people of northern Norway, said climate change was already endangering a way of life. The court must now decide whether the case, billed by the activists as "the People vs. Arctic Oil", is admissible.
Persons: Equinor's Johan Sverdrup, Ints, Norway's, Ella Marie Haetta Isaksen, Lasse Eriksen Bjoern Organizations: REUTERS, of Human Rights, Greenpeace, Young, Shell, Thomson Locations: North Sea, Norway, Netherlands
EU court backs national data watchdog powers in blow to Facebook, big tech
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Facebook logo in 3D in front of the EU flag, May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoEurope's top court on Tuesday endorsed the power of national data watchdogs to pursue big tech firms even if they are not their lead regulators, in a setback for Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook (FB.O). The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling could encourage national agencies to act against U.S. tech companies such as Google (GOOGL.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Apple , which all have their European Union headquarters in Ireland. Many national watchdogs in the 27-member European Union have long complained about their Irish counterpart, saying that it takes too long to decide on cases. Under landmark EU privacy rules known as GDPR, Facebook faces oversight by the Irish privacy authority because it has its European head office in Ireland.
Persons: Dado, CJEU Organizations: EU, REUTERS, Facebook, of Justice, U.S, Twitter, Apple, European Union, Thomson Locations: Silicon, Ireland, Belgian, Belgium, Irish
Supporters have been buying party memorabilia such as scarves, pouches and garments bearing Gbagbo's image in the Yopougon district of Abidjan, considered his political stronghold, since his return was confirmed on May 31. He is coming to give Ivory Coast the peace that the country has lacked," Guy Besson, national secretary for Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front party, told Reuters. Gbagbo denied the charges, and his supporters have long claimed that the charges were designed to remove the populist leader from the political scene. read more"I want to say that President Laurent Gbagbo will arrive in Ivory Coast in a spirit of reconciliation and peace," Gbagbo's spokesperson Justin Kone Katinan told a news conference in Abidjan on Monday. Ouattara said in April that Gbagbo was free to return, but the government has not said whether he has been pardoned.
Persons: Laurent Gbagbo, Luc Gnago, Alassane Ouattara, Guy Besson, Gbagbo, Ouattara, Gbagbo's, Justin Kone Katinan, Katinan Organizations: International, REUTERS, Ivorian, Front, Reuters, International Criminal Court, ICC, The Hague, Thomson Locations: Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Luc Gnago Ivory Coast, Yopougon, Brussels, The, Belgium
India's top court ends proceedings against Italian marines
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Angelo Amante | ) + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
Italian sailors Salvatore Girone (R) and Massimiliano Latorre leave the police commissioner office in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Sivaram V/File PhotoIndia's top court said on Tuesday it has closed all proceedings against two Italian marines over the shooting of two fishermen off the southern Indian coast in 2012, after Rome paid $1.36 million in compensation. Italy has paid 100 million Indian rupees ($1.36 million) in compensation, split between the families of the victims and the boat's owner, Shah said. European Union commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet on Tuesday the verdict is "a success of Italian diplomacy." But Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said in a tweet that all legal proceedings were now closed.
Persons: Salvatore Girone, Massimiliano Latorre, Sivaram, Lexie, M, Shah, Paolo Gentiloni, Luigi Di Maio Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Indian, Kochi, Rome, India's, India, Italy
With Jordan ErbDonald Trump during an event for NBC's "The Apprentice" at Trump Tower in New York City. The Trump Organization's CFO, Allen Weisselberg, took measures as far back as 2018 to keep documents out of the hands of prosecutors, Jennifer Weisselberg, his former daughter-in-law, told Insider. The deal allowed Allen Weisselberg to act as a guarantor on an Upper West Side apartment without showing any proof of income. McConnell pegs the chances of an infrastructure deal at "maybe 50-50": Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that both sides still wanted a deal. McConnell told Hewitt that leaving the seat open was "the single most consequential thing I've done in my time as majority leader of the Senate."
Persons: Chris Wray, Jordan Erb Donald Trump, Daniel J, Barry, WireImage, Donald Trump's, Allen Weisselberg, Jennifer Weisselberg, Weisselberg, Weisselberg's, Jeff McConney, McConney's, Justin, McConnell, Mitch McConnell, Hugh Hewitt, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, SAUL LOEB, Adam Schiff of, Insider's, Joe Biden, China —, Biden, Trump, Jamie Dimon, Dimon, General Merrick Garland, Garland, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Greene, Steve Cohen, Ben Jacobs, Barack Obama's, Hewitt, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Chipotle Organizations: Trump, Weisselberg, Manhattan, Attorney's, Trump Organization, ABC, Twitter, Politico, Democratic, Getty, Hill, Democrats, Capitol Hill, ICYMI, Capitol, NATO, The Washington Post, GOP, Republican, Justice Department, Holocaust, Museum, Hitler's National Socialist, CNN, Biden, Republicans, Senate, Court, District of Columbia, Disney Locations: New York City, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Adam Schiff of California, China, Beijing, The, Russia, Trump, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, St, George , Utah, Myrtle Beach , South Carolina, Austin , Texas, Coeur d'Alene , Idaho
Malawi's plastic waste will require more than 100 years to decompose, but sustained manufacturing of throwaway plastics may lengthen this projection. Sanitation experts have blamed the "poor handling" of plastic waste in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, for dangerous flooding, which has displaced thousands of people in the city." However, enforcement has been difficult as it was swiftly challenged by an association of plastic manufacturers, government officials said. "Right from the beginning of the ban, plastic manufacturers were against the implementation of the regulations," Ntupanyama said. The manufacturing of single-use plastics is expected to rise by 30% worldwide in the next five years.
Persons: Gloria Majiga, David, Goliath, Kamoto, , Ntupanyama, Malawians Organizations: CNN, Goldman, Malawi's Ministry of Forestry, Natural Resources, UNESCO, Court, United Nations Environment Locations: Malawi, Malawian, Africa, East, Mponela, Malawi's Central, Lilongwe
REUTERS/Michael KoorenBritish barrister Karim Khan, an outsider who cut his teeth as a top international defence lawyer, steps into a political minefield this week when he begins a nine-year term as the top prosecutor at the international war crimes court. Already short of resources, the International Criminal Court is dealing with 14 full-blown investigations and eight preliminary examinations. WAR ON DRUGSIn her final hours in office, Bensouda asked judges to open an investigation into thousands of killings during the Philippines war on drugs. Khan was previously head of the United Nations’ special investigative team looking into Islamic State crimes in Iraq. According to Heller, Khan is the type of outsider the prosecutor's office really needs.
Persons: William Ruto, Karim Khan, Ruto, Joshua arap Sang, Michael Kooren, Khan, Fatou Bensouda, Kevin Heller, Bensouda, Donald Trump, Heller, Rodrigo Duterte, Joe Biden, Washington, Kate Orlovsky Organizations: Criminal Court, ICC, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Hague Office, International Bar Association, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, Thomson Locations: The Hague, Michael Kooren British, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Philippines, Copenhagen, Israel, United States, Russia, Iraq
Antivirus software exec John McAfee testified against his extradition to the US on Tuesday. In a Spanish court, McAfee claimed he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars if he was extradited, the AP reported. McAfee is wanted in Tennessee for tax-related charges for his alleged failure to disclose income. John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software McAfee, testified in Spain on Tuesday to fight his extradition to the United States on tax-related criminal charges, the Associated Press reported. The 75-year-old argued that if extradited to the US, he would spend the rest of his life behind bars, according to the report.
Persons: John McAfee, McAfee, he'd, cryptocurrency Organizations: AP, McAfee, Associated Press, Prosecutors, Spanish National Court Locations: Tennessee, Spain, United States, Barcelona
Smoke rises as security forces fight with rebels opposing the ruling junta, in Mobye, Myanmar, June 7, 2021. People's Defence Forces allied with pro-democracy groups have stifled the junta's bid to impose order, but some activists say the well-equipped military's use of heavy weapons in response to their attacks has put innocent lives in danger. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's government, citing its refusal to address what it said was fraud in a November election. She looks healthy," said Min Min Soe, a member of Suu Kyi's legal team. The junta on Monday said Bachelet failed to mention "acts of sabotage and terrorism" and "the sufferings and deaths of the security forces".
Persons: Suu Kyi, toothache, Aung, Min Soe, Suu, Suu Kyi's, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Monday, Bachelet, Emerlynne Gil, Martin Petty Organizations: Handout, REUTERS, Defence, National Defence Force, People's Defence Forces, Unity Government, People’s Defence Forces, United Nations, Human Rights, Amnesty, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Research, Reuters Staff, Thomson Locations: Mobye, Myanmar, Kayah State, Suu
Kevin McCarthy is perpetuating the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar. McCarthy is urging Pelosi to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. McCarthy urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Omar from the committee based on what he described as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" language from the Minnesota lawmaker. "The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive," Omar tweeted in response to a statement from 12 fellow House Democrats that condemned her recent remarks. In a separate statement, Omar said she was "in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems."
Persons: Kevin McCarthy, Ilhan Omar, McCarthy, Pelosi, Omar, Nancy Pelosi, Antony Blinken, Rashida Tlaib, Chip Somodevilla, Nobody, we're, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Omar Reps, Ayanna Pressley, Tom Williams, it's Organizations: House Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Fox, ICC, Hamas, Taliban, Democratic, Minnesota Democrat, Getty, CNN, State, International Court of Justice, Republicans, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, US, Congressional Progressive Caucus Locations: Minnesota, Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, United States, US, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Cortez, Washington
The Seeman Holtz spokesperson said that the company had only learned of this lawsuit on Monday. But Millstein was told that the firm was undergoing “financial problems” and needed more time to return her money, which never happened, according to the class action. They represent more than $100 million invested in the Seeman Holtz securities, and Silver believes the actual dollar amount is far greater. The Seeman Holtz spokesperson said the company also denies the allegations in those lawsuits. Seeman, president of Seeman Holtz, did not respond to direct messages seeking comment.
Persons: Eric Holtz, Holtz, Marshal Seeman, Fanny Millstein, , , Millstein, Seeman Holtz, Scott Silver, Silver, Lawrence Delevingne, Lauren Tara LaCapra, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: BOSTON, Companies, Plaintiff, Court Locations: Florida, Boca Raton, California, South Florida, Broward County, Palm Beach
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to confirm President Joe Biden's nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Jackson, 50, who was educated at Harvard, has served on the U.S. District Court in Washington since 2013, having been appointed by then-President Barack Obama. Courts-focused Democrats see Jackson as being on the shortlist, if not a front-runner, for a Supreme Court vacancy should one open up during the Biden administration. The courts-focused liberal group Demand Justice has elevated Jackson in a recent ad campaign to build support for her among Black audiences. "Judge Jackson's experience as a public defender makes her a model for the type of judge President Biden and Senate Democrats should continue to prioritize."
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Jackson, Barack Obama, Merrick Garland, Biden, Brown, Jackson's, Trump, McConnell, Christopher Kang, Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas Organizations: Appeals, Circuit, Harvard, U.S, Democratic, Demand, Democrats Locations: Washington, Ky
In fact, no, I don't think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election," McConnell told syndicated conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. But the senator signaled that a Biden nominee could have problems even outside an election year. "Mitch McConnell is already foreshadowing that he'll steal a 3rd Supreme Court seat if he gets the chance. We need to expand the Supreme Court," Democratic Senator Ed Markey said on Twitter. Jackson, among the most prominent Black women in the federal judiciary, is considered a potential Supreme Court pick for Biden.
Persons: Mitch McConnell, ERIN SCOTT, Joe Biden, McConnell, Hugh Hewitt, Barack Obama, Antonin Scalia, Hewitt, Merrick Garland, Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Biden, Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell's, Ed Markey, Stephen Breyer, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Jackson, Kamala Harris Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, Biden, Republican, Obama's, Democrat, Supreme, Twitter, Washington, District Locations: Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor took a page from Ruth Bader Ginsburg's playbook on Monday when she argued that Congress could counteract a Supreme Court ruling. The court's unanimous decision held that the text of the First Step Act, a criminal justice overhaul enacted in 2018, does not allow certain inmates to have their sentences retroactively lowered as a result of the new guidelines. "Indeed, the bipartisan lead sponsors of the First Step Act have urged this Court to hold that the Act 'makes retroactive relief broadly available to all individuals sentenced for crack-cocaine offenses before the Fair Sentencing Act,'" Sotomayor wrote, citing a brief by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a lead author of the law. "Once again, the ball is in Congress’ court," she wrote, adding that "the Legislature may act" to correct what she argued was a "parsimonious reading" of the law by the justice. Two years later, Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and President Barack Obama signed it into law, effectively reversing that court ruling.
Persons: Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's playbook, Sotomayor, Sen, Dick Durbin, Ginsburg, Lilly, Barack Obama Organizations: WASHINGTON
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a revised federal law does not allow prison inmates to seek a reduction in their sentences for possessing small amounts of crack cocaine. During the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, Congress passed a law providing that someone arrested for possessing a small amount of crack cocaine would receive the same sentence as someone who possessed 100 times that amount of powder cocaine. The First Step Act, passed in 2018, was intended to apply the reduction to people in prison, allowing them to seek reduced sentences too. The question for the court was whether the new law applied only to people convicted of possessing larger amounts of crack cocaine or to those arrested with only a small amount as well. The Supreme Court's ruling means that hundreds of inmates who, like Terry, were convicted of possessing only small amounts of crack cocaine cannot seek to have their sentences reduced.
Persons: Trump, Tarahrick Terry, Terry Locations: Florida
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a legal challenge to Harvard University’s race-conscious undergraduate admissions policies. Solicitor General’s office to submit the federal government’s views on an appeal that argued Harvard unlawfully discriminated against Asian-American applicants. The Harvard case dates back to 2014, when a group called Students for Fair Admissions, led by conservative legal activist Edward Blum, filed a lawsuit alleging the school’s undergraduate admissions practices violated federal civil-rights law. The group said Harvard held Asian-American applicants to a higher standard and used racial balancing, similar to a quota system, artificially limiting the number of Asian-American applicants it admitted. The challengers are urging the Supreme Court to overturn decades of precedent and ban race as a factor in college admissions.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Harvard, Edward Blum, Bakke, Justice Lewis Powell Organizations: Harvard, U.S, Trump -, Justice Department, Fair, University of California
Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson for Powerful Appeals Court
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Brent Kendall | ) + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Senate on Monday confirmed one of President Biden’s most prominent judicial nominees, Ketanji Brown Jackson, for the appeals-court seat that Merrick Garland long held before becoming attorney general. Sentencing Commission, which sets sentencing guidelines for federal criminal cases. She will replace Mr. Garland, who served on the court for 24 years. Three current Supreme Court justices served previously on the D.C. The appeals court has generally leaned to the left in recent years and has a majority of Democratic appointees.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden’s, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Merrick Garland, Judge Jackson, Biden, Stephen Breyer, Garland Organizations: Mr, Harvard, . Sentencing Commission, U.S ., Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Circuit, Democratic
European Privacy Ruling Could Mean More Scrutiny of Companies
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Catherine Stupp | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The case was referred to the European court after the GDPR took effect. “The one-stop-shop mechanism doesn’t work as smoothly as it should work,” said Hielke Hijmans, who oversees fines and sanctions for the Belgian data protection authority. European privacy authorities generally issue sanctions through regulatory procedures, not courts. But tensions have been brewing over some European privacy regulators’ speed in investigating GDPR complaints. Mr. Caspar said he has since applied for an extension of the ban with the European Data Protection Board, the umbrella group of EU regulators.
Persons: , Hielke Hijmans, Hijmans, Lorena Marciano, can’t, David Martin, Martin, , Johannes Caspar, Caspar, Barry Cook, Mr, Cook, VFS, Catherine Stupp Organizations: Facebook Inc, European Court, Justice, Facebook, Data, Belgian, Cisco Systems Inc, Irish, European Consumer Organisation, European Data Protection, VFS Global, Worldwide Holdings Ltd, EU Locations: Belgian, Ireland, Europe, Brussels, Hamburg, Germany
Supreme Court Unanimously Draws Limit on Drug-Sentencing Relief Law
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Jess Bravin | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court limited the scope of a 2018 law aimed at reducing sentencing disparities for drug offenses, ruling unanimously on Monday that it provides no relief to offenders convicted of crimes that don’t carry mandatory minimum sentences. The measure made retroactive sentencing reductions that Congress had approved in the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act. That law lifted the thresholds triggering mandatory minimum sentences for possessing specific quantities of crack, raising to 28 grams from 5 the amount for 5 years, and to 280 grams from 50 for a 10-year minimum. The First Step Act states that it provides relief to individuals convicted before 2010 of “a violation of a Federal criminal statute, the statutory penalties for which were modified” by the Fair Sentencing Act. As such, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court, Mr. Terry could obtain no relief from the First Step Act.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Trump, Tarahrick Terry, Clarence Thomas, Terry Locations: Black, Miami
U.S. Supreme Court revives LinkedIn bid to shield personal data
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Andrew Chung | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The justices threw out a lower court ruling that had barred LinkedIn from denying hiQ access to the information that LinkedIn members had made publicly available. It sued in federal court, accusing LinkedIn of anti-competitive conduct, and a federal judge in 2017 granted its request for a preliminary injunction against LinkedIn. Explaining its stance, hiQ has saidpublic data must remain public and innovation on the internet should not be stifled by anti-competitive hoarding of public data by a small group of powerful companies. LinkedIn told the Supreme Court that hiQ's software "bots" can harvest data on a massive scale, far beyond what any individual person could do when viewing public profiles. LinkedIn in April said that some of the publicly viewable data of its users had been scraped and posted for sale.
Persons: hiQ Organizations: U.S, Supreme, Monday, Microsoft, LinkedIn Corp, hiQ Labs, Computer, San, Circuit, LinkedIn, Thomson Locations: San Francisco, hiQ's
U.S. Supreme Court seeks Biden views on Harvard admissions dispute
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Lawrence Hurley | ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Joe Biden's administration to give its views on whether the justices should hear a challenge to Harvard University's consideration of race in undergraduate student admissions. The lawsuit accused Harvard of discriminating against Asian American applicants in violation of a landmark 1964 federal civil rights law. The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority. Harvard, one of the world's most prestigious schools, has said that the number of Black and Hispanic students would drop by nearly half if its affirmative action program were to be struck down. Students for Fair Admissions has said its members include Asian American applicants rejected by Harvard.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Edward Blum, Blum Organizations: U.S, Supreme, Harvard, Fair, Asian, University of Texas, Circuit, Appeals, Ivy League, Civil, Thomson Locations: Boston, Cambridge , Massachusetts
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