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June 28 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Airbnb sues San Francisco over a law it had helped pass

Airbnb executives have often said that officials in San Francisco, the company’s hometown, understood how to work with innovative technology companies. Two years ago, the city and the start-up drafted a law that allowed Airbnb to operate widely there, despite blowback from advocates for affordable housing. By Katie Benner — The New York Times

See also: Los Angeles Times  


Supreme Court won't reopen union-fees case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by public school teachers in California asking the justices to rehear a major challenge to fees that unions collect from non-members on which the court split 4-4 in March. The non-union teachers, represented by the Washington-based Center for Individual Rights conservative group, launched a long-shot effort to get the court to reconsider its decision. — Reuters

See also: The Associated Press  


Laguna Beach cafe owners file countersuit against Muslim women who alleged discrimination

The owners of a Laguna Beach cafe have filed a countersuit against a group of women who allege they were targeted for being “visibly Muslim” and discriminated against because they were ordered to leave. In the cross-complaint, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court, an attorney for the owners of the Urth Caffe accused the plaintiffs of trespassing. By Anh Do — Los Angeles Times

Bar panel upholds disbarment for alleged misappropriation

A state bar appellate panel has upheld the disbarment of a Peninsula attorney accused of bilking an elderly client out of $3.5 million. A bar court trial judge in 2013 found that Wade Robertson of Stanford misled William Cartinhour Jr., promising the then-77-year-old Maryland resident in 2004 lucrative returns if he invested $2 million in a class action. By Cheryl Miller — The Recorder

See also: Daily Journal (sub. req.)


SLO County’s Veterans Treatment Court changes lives, offers a second chance

When Kessler Smith returned home after more than five years fighting for his country in Iraq and Afghanistan, he couldn’t land a job — even as a door employee at a local Wal-Mart. He felt alienated, undervalued. By Matt Fountain — New Times San Luis Obispo

Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states

By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states. Many anti-abortion leaders were openly disappointed, bracing for the demise of restrictions that they had worked vigorously to enact over the past few years. By David Crary — The Associated Press

Supreme Court upholds wide reach of U.S. gun ban for domestic violence

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns. The justices rejected arguments that the law covers only intentional or knowing acts of abuse and not those committed recklessly — where a person is aware of the risk that an act will cause injury, but not certain it will. — The Associated Press

See also: The Washington Post

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