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Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Protect Arizonans From Frivolous Lawsuits

Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation to ensure Arizonans acting in good faith during the COVID-19 pandemic are protected against frivolous civil claims. Health care professionals, businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments, religious institutions, and property owners are among the entities to which the legislation applies. “Arizona’s health care professionals and others on the front lines have

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Five

See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here, and the fourth day here. On Friday morning, the prosecution called Lt. Richard Zimmerman, a white man who has been a Minneapolis police officer since 1981. He works in the homicide unit, and one of his duties is to

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Four

See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here. The surprise of the day came when George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, told prosecutor Eric Nelson that she was saved in Floyd’s phone as “Mama,” Floyd’s pet name for her. This raised the possibility that the “Mama” Floyd

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AG Brnovich and Rep. Bolick Announce New Law that Will Provide Civil Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims

Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Representative Shawnna L.M. Bolick applauded the enactment of legislation that will allow victims of human and sex trafficking to take civil action against their perpetrators and anyone else who contributes to their abuse. Representative Bolick worked with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to introduce HB2116 this legislative session. The bill received unanimous legislative

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Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Facebook in a lawsuit over unwanted text notifications it sent, rejecting a claim that the messages violated the federal ban on robocalls. The high court’s ruling for the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant was unanimous. Democratic lawmakers and consumer groups said the court opened a gaping hole

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Jurors shown video at ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death

The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on the Black man’s neck went on trial Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter. Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell showed the jurors the footage at the earliest opportunity, during opening statements, after telling them

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