Animal Legal Defense Fund Case for 57-Year-Old Elephant Heads to Trial | Animal Legal Defense Fund

Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez denied key parts of the San Antonio Zoo’s motion for summary judgement, holding that the Animal Legal Defense Fund had provided sufficient facts demonstrating the zoo may be violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by holding an endangered elephant, Lucky, in conditions that injure her both physically and psychologically. The zoo must now defend its treatment of Lucky in a full trial, currently scheduled to begin on Oct. 2, 2017.

The ruling, released Friday, June 9, also strongly rejected the zoo’s legal argument that its purported compliance with the Animal Welfare Act shields it from liability under the ESA. This is a significant legal ruling that has broad application to any endangered species in captivity, including Lolita the orca, whose captivity at the Miami Seaquarium in a shockingly tiny tank has been the subject of litigation for years.

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U.S. Top Court Won’t Expand Debt-Collection Abuse Law in Santander Case – The New York Times

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to widen the reach of a federal law targeting abusive debt-collection tactics such as harassment and threats, ruling it does not cover companies that buy debt, sometimes for pennies on the dollar, and then collect it.

The justices, in a 9-0 ruling, upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed consumer class action lawsuit against Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc over allegations it violated a law called the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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HENSON v. SANTANDER CONSUMER USA INC. ( ) 

817 F. 3d 131, affirmed.

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JURIST – Supreme Court refuses to block order finding Texas county’s bail system discriminatory

by Autumn Calla

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday refused to block [docket] a finding that a Texas county’s bail system discriminates against the poor. Officials of Harris County petitioned the court on Tuesday [AP report] for an emergency order to block the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] which called for the release of inmates who were incarcerated for not being able to afford bail. District Judge Lee Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas [official website] ruled in April that inmates who signed affidavits swearing to their financial situations could be released from the county jail as the bail system was in violation of equal protection rights and due process safeguards against incarceration without proper procedure or affording those held the opportunity to be heard. The country jail began releasing inmates late Tuesday and will continue to do so. The county will continue its appeal of the ruling.

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Lawyer Gets 2 Years In Jail For Killing Dog | Above the Law

The judge said it “showed almost incomprehensible violence and malice.”

By KATHRYN RUBINO

New York lawyer Anthony Pastor was convicted of brutally beating and killing his girlfriend’s dog, Snoopy.

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4th Circuit Uses Trump’s Comments in Blocking Travel Ban | Law.com

BY COGAN SCHNEIER

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is the first appellate court to uphold an injunction against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban executive order, a move that likely sets the issue up for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thursday’s opinion keeps in place a Maryland district court’s nationwide injunction against the order, issued March 6. The executive order blocked the entry of immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries.

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CFPB Sues Nation’s Largest Student Loan Company Navient for Failing Borrowers at Every Stage of Repayment | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Navient, Formerly Part of Sallie Mae, Illegally Cheated Borrowers Out of Repayment Rights Through Shortcuts and Deception

***  lawsuit alleges that Navient has been in violation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. The suit seeks redress for consumers harmed by Navient’s illegal practices. The CFPB is also seeking to keep Navient from continuing the illegal conduct described in the complaint, and to prevent new borrowers from being harmed.

The complaint against Navient Corporation, Navient Solutions, and Pioneer Credit Recovery is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201701_cfpb_Navient-Pioneer-Credit-Recovery-complaint.pdf 

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TRUMP Act would put Trump’s New York tax returns online – CNN Money

by Chris Isidore   @CNNMoney

Some Democratic state senators in New York are trying an end run to get Donald Trump’s taxes into the public view by introducing legislation that would reveal his state tax returns for the last five years.

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A separate bill introduced by Hoylman would require anyone appearing on a statewide ballot in New York to release his or her federal tax returns, but that wouldn’t force Trump to release anything until 2020, if he runs for a second term.

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