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California New Car Dealers Association sues Santa Monica-based TrueCar for non-compliance with state’s laws

California New Car Dealers Association sues Santa Monica-based TrueCar

California New Car Dealers Association has sued Santa Monica-based TrueCar, accusing it for its disobedience with various sections of the California Vehicle Code ('CVC') concerning brokering, dealer licensing, advertising and disclosure. This litigation has been filed by Patricia Glaser of the highly esteemed law firm Glaser Weil.

TrueCar is charged with breaching key statutes in legal action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Santa Monica branch; as a result of this both the consumer and new car dealers are not being protected. According to reports, TrueCar is acting as a 'Dealer' and a 'Broker'. It is thought that TrueCar is in violation of existing consumer protection laws as it does not have a Dealer or Auto Broker license.

Illinois to Find another Way to Fix Government-employee Pension Crisis

Illinois to Find another Way to Fix Government-employee Pension Crisis

On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court said that ruling lawmakers have broke the line by coming up with a law that slashed retirement benefits to face a budget deficit. Now, the court has asked the lawmakers to come up with a new way to solve the nation's government-employee pension crisis.

Seven justices have taken the decision. They have stated that the measure signed by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn 18 months back does not go with the state constitution, as it would not be able to fulfill pension promises.

Yet again, the state has grapple with a $111 billion deficit. Experts affirmed that the gap is so wide that the state had to keep up to $7 billion in reserve to keep pace. Justice Lloyd Karmeier said harsh words for the General Assembly.

Etan’s Disappearance: Judge declares case as Mistrial

Etan’s Disappearance: Judge declares case as Mistrial

In 1979, when a young boy got disappeared, it created a shock wave across the nation. The case was in court for so many, which has now ended an agonizing stalemate.

On Friday, jurors for the third time have stated that they were hopelessly deadlocked, 11-1, in favor of conviction of Pedro Hernandez, who has confessed that he choked Etan Patz, 6, to death and then dumped his body a few blocks away.

The jurors have declared the case as a mistrial. The announcement has lead Etan's parents with no other option but to wait for another trial. "We are frustrated and very disappointed the jury has been unable to make a decision. The long ordeal is not over. But I think we have closure already", said his father, Stanley Patz.

CHP makes Attempts to Foil Cinco de Mayo Drunken Driving Menace

CHP makes Attempts to Foil Cinco de Mayo Drunken Driving Menace

On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) set up a DUI checkpoints at Madison Avenue and Hemlock Street in Sacramento to decrease drunken driving accidents at Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is the biggest party of the year at Roseville's Mexican restaurant in Zocalo. It is considered as one of the top 10 drinking holidays and so there is a high risk of drunken drivers on the roads. In 2013, 36% of the fatal crashes on Cinco de Mayo were caused by drunk drivers.

CHP is setting up DUI saturation patrols which will ensure more officers on duty. The CHP is also working forward to create a program that would offer free DUI-breath tests.

Gloucester finds new ways to deal with opioid addiction

Gloucester finds new ways to deal with opioid addiction

Gloucester has faced drug problem for years and now its police chief said on Tuesday that the city has found new ways to deal with the problem. These measures will be soon taken to control opioid addiction among people.

Chief Leonard Campanello said at police headquarters that the city is working with Addison Gilbert Hospital, local pharmacies, and an on-call network of volunteers and it wants its police department to tackle drug addiction in an appropriate way in place of sending people to jail.

According to Campanello, "Addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. As a community, we believe it's the right thing to do".

Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands Background Checks

Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands Background Checks

On Monday, a bill has been passed as per which background of all gun buyers in Oregon would be checked. After the bill received a go-ahead from Oregon lawmakers, it will be presented to governor who has shared that she would give green signal to the new bill turning it into a law.

The Oregon Firearms Safety Act is already applicable at stores and gun shows in the state for person-to-person and online gun sales. The act has expanded with background check requirements.

The bill has been passed by a vote of 32-38 in the state’s House of Representatives. Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in the favor, was of the view that background check is the most apt way to keep guns away from dangerous people.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifts curfew in Baltimore

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, lifted curfew of the city six days after imposing it. The mayor had given orders to residents to stay home after 10 p. m. beginning Tuesday after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody prompted riots in the city.

On Sunday, a daytime rally Sunday was quiet and peaceful. An announcement on Friday about charges against six officers involved in arrest of Gray was seen as a step toward justice for the unarmed black man. Rawlings-Blake said that everyone want a sense of peace in city.

Six Baltimore police officers to face charges over death of 25-year-old black man

Six Baltimore police officers to face charges over death of 25-year-old black

On Friday, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that six Baltimore police officers will face charges over the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray.

Gray was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department on April 12, 2015 for allegedly possessing a switchblade. While being transported ‘handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained’ in a police van, he fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center.

Gray died last month, April 19, 2015 after suffering a severe spine and neck injury while in police custody.

The circumstances of the injuries were initially unclear. However, eyewitness suggested that the officers involved used unnecessary force against Gray while arresting him.

US Supreme Court asked to Block Further Lethal Injections using Sedative

US Supreme Court asked to Block Further Lethal Injections using Sedative

Lawyers for three Oklahoma murderers asked the US Supreme Court to ban the usage of lethal injections used as sedative when the death penalty for a convict is announced. The lawyers suspect that the drug, midazolam, is unable to put a convict into deep sleep.

But they could make little success as the lawyers had to face the court's conservative majority Wednesday. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. stated that executions can be carried out painlessly. There are states where assisted suicide is legal, there terminally ill patients may obtain drugs allowing them to have a peaceful death.

North Carolina Lawmakers pass Measure aimed at Resuming Executions

North Carolina Lawmakers pass Measure aimed at Resuming Executions

On Wednesday, lawmakers in North Carolina agreed to a measure aimed at resuming executions in the state after a break of nine years. The measure has removed the requirement that a doctor should be present in the case of lethal injections.

According to reports, North Carolina has not executed any inmate since last nine years due to conflict with the state's medical board. Before the measure, the board had threatened to take legal actions against physicians who participate in a prisoner's death.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the legislation in 84-33 vote. The new legislation would also allow physician assistants, nurses and paramedics to supervise lethal injections.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Makes Long-Standing Civil Rights Settlement

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Makes Long-Standing Civil Rights

Los Angeles County sheriff department on Tuesday made a settlement with the US Justice Department over allegations of long-standing civil rights abuses by deputies in the Mojave Desert.

The settlement deal approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors came nearly two years after the federal prosecutors identified an alleged pattern of discrimination.

The discrimination pattern identified by prosecutors included unconstitutional stops searches, searches, seizures and excessive force against blacks and Hispanics in Palmdale and Lancaster.

The Justice Department in its June 2013 report stated that the deputies harassed and frightened blacks and others in public housing, by showing up for inspection with minimum nine officers.

Colorado Theater Shootings: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys unveil Unknown Facts

Colorado Theater Shootings: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys unveil Unknown

Almost after three years of mystery, a clear picture of James Holmes came into light after the first trial in the Colorado theater shootings.

The defense lawyers in an opening statement on Monday portrayed James as a smiling child who enjoyed surfing with his family but who even sensed that something was going wrong in his mind.

In the hope to find a solution to his illness, he went to study neuroscience at the University of Colorado, but eventually his mental illness propelled him to do a terrifying attack on a suburban Denver movie theater in July 2012, defense lawyer Katherine Spengler said.

Former Military Officials in Favor of Same-Sex Marriages

Former Military Officials in Favor of Same-Sex Marriages

On April 28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to the hear the case in which a group of same-sex couples are asking the court to declare that all states must recognize same-sex marriages in states as legal.

Currently, same-sex military couples can face difficulties if they decide to move to a state where their marriage is not legally recognized. They can face problems on their rights to have legal custody of their children, their ability to make medical decision for their partners and legal rights of survivorship if a spouse dies.

Michael Brown's parents to file Lawsuit against city of Ferguson

Michael Brown's parents to file Lawsuit against city of Ferguson

Legal representatives of Michael Brown’s parents said they have planned to file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson. Michael Brown was the unarmed black 18-year-old guy who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb.

In a statement on Wednesday, lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown said the illegal death court case would be filed the next day. Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown in August. The black guy’s shooting death led to a number of protests, which were renewed in November. The sometime-violent protests were renewed after a jury declined to charge the officer Wilson.

Judge grants pair of Stony Brook University lab animals’ right to have their day in court

Judge grants pair of Stony Brook University lab animals’ right to have their day

On Wednesday, a New York judge allowed two Stony Brook University lab animals the right to have their day in court. The university, which is supposed to be holding the chimps, could be asked to release the primates.

This decision appears to recognize chimpanzees as legal persons for the first time. The ruling marks the first time in the Unites States that an animal has been covered by a writ of habeas corpus that normally enables human prisoners to challenge their detention. There is a possibility that the judicial action might sway additional judges to do the same with other research animals.

Maureen McDonnell received unfair Trial over Public Corruption Charges, say her Lawyers

Maureen McDonnell received unfair Trial over Public Corruption Charges

On Monday, legal team of Maureen McDonnell, wife of the former governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell, said in a court filing that the former Virginia first lady's convictions on public corruption charges are based on overly broad definition of bribery. The team also said that Maureen wasn't given a fair trial owing to mistakes.

The court filing is of about 101 pages, which has been filed in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to McDonnell's attorneys, court should overturn McDonnell's conviction or she should be given another trial. In September last year, Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell were convicted in a joint trial.

Freddie Gray’s Family wants to know what happened to him

Freddie Gray’s Family wants to know what happened to him

Earlier, a 25-year-old man, Freddie Gray, was taken to a hospital with spinal injuries after an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. One week after he was rushed to the hospital, Gray died on Sunday. Now, activists, relatives, family of Freddie Gray and even Baltimore city officials have been seeking answers about what happened to Gray.

On April 12, Gray was stopped by officers of Baltimore Police Department. According to officers, Gray didn't listen and ran away from them when he was arrested. Police said that about 30 minutes later, Gray was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Person attempting to scale White House Fence sent into Custody

Person attempting to scale White House Fence sent into Custody

On Sunday, the United States Secret Service arrested a person who was attempting to scale the fence of the White House. According to the agency, the incident happened at about 10:25 pm on Sunday. In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency stated that the person was immediately arrested by the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers. After that, the person was taken into custody. Charges on him are pending, as per the agency.

The Secret Service stated that identity of the person arrested is still not known. The agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security has been facing troubles with a number of security lapses for the past few months.

Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigation: FBI Arrests 6 in Minneapolis and San Diego

Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigation: FBI Arrests 6 in Minneapolis

A terrorism investigation is going on in Minnesota and San Diego. Authorities concerned have been looking for youngsters who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants and the Islamic State group.

In connection to that investigation, six people have been arrested. A spokesman for the Minnesota US Attorney's Office sharing the information about the arrests said that the arrests were made on Sunday in Minneapolis and San Diego.

Spokesman Ben Petok said the information with regard to the charges would be publicized on Monday. The US Attorney's Office and the FBI have planned a news conference on Monday and there, details will be released.

December 2013 Data Breach: Target and MasterCard Settle Lawsuit

December 2013 Data Breach: Target and MasterCard Settle Lawsuit

On Wednesday, Target announced that it has settled a lawsuit against MasterCard involved in December 2013 data breach. Target has agreed to pay $19 million in order to settle the lawsuits.

MasterCard Inc. said that the money will be used by banks and credit unions for operating costs and fraud-related losses on cards that were affected in the incident. It shall however, be noted that the settlement will only take place if at least 90% of eligible accounts are ready for the offer and that too by May 20.

The breach has proved taxing, as it not only had cost the company’s CEO his job, but Target has not been able to overcome ever since. It is considered that in the breach, around 70 million customers were affected and also, potentially 40 million credit cards.



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