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June 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Uber, Lyft set to defend driver settlements in court

Uber and Lyft on Thursday will attempt to persuade separate U.S. judges to approve class action settlements which keep drivers classified as independent contractors instead of employees. The ride-hailing companies are seeking to resolve lawsuits by drivers who contend they should be deemed employees and therefore entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gasoline and vehicle maintenance. By Heather Somerville and Dan Levine — Reuters

Federal judge rejects lawsuit Bernie Sanders backers had hoped would boost his California chances

A federal judge refused Wednesday to reopen voter registration in California ahead of next week’s presidential primary, telling a group led by backers of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders that the rights of the state’s unaffiliated voters have not been harmed. “There’s absolutely no showing of any federal violation,” said U.S. District Judge William Alsup. By John Myers — Los Angeles Times


Trump University case: Who is federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel?

Donald Trump has branded him a "hater," "very hostile" and "Mexican." U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who's presiding over two of the three lawsuits against Trump University in San Diego, is clearly now in the cross hairs of the bombastic presumptive Republican presidential nominee. By Erik Ortiz — NBC News

Gay custody fights redefine legal parenthood

New York’s highest court will soon tackle a thorny legal question at the center of an increasing number of custody battles nationwide: What constitutes a parent? On Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case brought by a gay woman seeking visitation rights for a young boy she says she helped raise. By Sara Randazzo — The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)

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