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September 12 Digest

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Yelp is not liable for bad 'star' ratings of businesses, court rules

Yelp Inc.'s star rating system does not make the San Francisco company liable for negative reviews posted on its site because it relies on material posted by users, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dismissing a libel lawsuit filed against Yelp by the owner of a Washington state locksmith company. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the star rating system that Yelp features is based on users' input and is not content created by the company, whose site helps guide people to restaurants, plumbers and more.
The Associated Press

In historic move, California expands overtime to farmworkers

Farmworkers in the nation's largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a law that California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he had signed. The new law, which will be phased in beginning in 2019, is the first of its kind in the nation to end the 80-year-old practice of applying separate labor rules to agricultural laborers.
The Associated Press


California's Citizens United ballot measure: Who's for it, who's against it and what it could really do

California voters will get to weigh in on the flood of money in politics this November through a ballot proposition that supporters say sends a strong message and detractors say does nothing much at all. Proposition 59 is part of the uphill fight against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision, which said money spent to influence voters that isn’t funneled through a candidate’s campaign is free speech, and the federal government cannot prohibit corporations and labor unions from spending money that way.
 -- Los Angeles Times


Obama to veto bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia

The White House said on Monday that President Obama would veto legislation approved by Congress that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, escalating a bipartisan dispute with lawmakers over the measure. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Obama “does intend to veto this legislation,” and would work to persuade lawmakers in both parties to change course.
-- The New York Times


Chronicle recommends: Yes on Prop. 63

Proposition 63 would tighten a set of sensible gun-control laws recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown and enact others that state legislators have failed to pass. “This closes all kinds of loopholes,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a chief promoter of the initiative.
San Francisco Chronicle

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