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Changes to business rates appeals system fears ignored ahead of start date

“The Government pushed ahead with plans to overhaul the appeals system for business rates despite not receiving a single consultation response in support of them, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal” writes Rhiannon Bury for telegraph.co.uk. Businesses were consulted about the new “check, challenge, appeal” process in August 2016, which has overhauled the grounds on which companies can argue against rating ­decisions by introducing a power to throw out appeals that are within a margin of error of around 15pc.The system was implemented in April this year along with a revaluation…

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Michelle Carter won’t go to jail until after appeals

“Michelle Carter won’t go to jail until after appeals A judge says the woman who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself won’t have to be jailed until her appeals in Massachusetts are exhausted” writes Sera Congi for thebostonchannel.com. The judge called the case “a tragedy for two families.”. The judge ordered the 20-year-old Carter to stay away from the family of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who killed himself in 2014 by pumping toxic gas into his truck. Source: thebostonchannel.com Share This:

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U.S. court puts Metlife ‘too big to fail’ case on indefinite pause

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday decided to put the federal government’s appeal in a lawsuit involving MetLife Inc. on indefinite pause to allow time for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to finish reviewing how the government determines non-bank financial institutions like the insurer are “too big to fail.”” reports businessinsider.com. Last year, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer rescinded the government’s designation of MetLife, the country’s largest life insurer, as “systemically important,” a label that indicated it could devastate the financial system if it fails and which triggered…

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Appeals court won’t block Kobach deposition

“The Denver-based appeals court acted less than five hours after Kobach filed “ writes Josh Gerstein for politico.com. Kobach currently serves as vice chairman of a federal advisory panel Trump set up to explore strategies to combat voter fraud.A federal appeals court has turned down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s emergency request to escape a deposition set for Thursday about voter registration proposals he took into a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump last November. Source: politico.com Share This:

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Appeals court blocks enforcement of District’s strict concealed-carry law

“If the court does not agree to revisit the case en banc, the order to permanently block enforcement of the good reason requirement would take effect seven days later” writes Ann Covers Legal for washingtonpost.com. A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked the District from enforcing strict limits the city has in place on carrying concealed firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Despite Republican appeals, Democrats not willing to deal on net neutrality legislation

“The fact that net neutrality hasn’t been resolved has held up other no-brainer legislation that aims to close the digital divide,” he said” writes Melissa Quinn for washingtonexaminer.com. So far this year, Republicans have expressed a willingness to work with Democrats on net neutrality legislation. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Two Britons win appeal against US Libor convictions

“Two Britons who were former traders at Dutch firm Rabobank have had their US convictions for rigging the key financial benchmark Libor overturned by an American court” writes Banking Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. However, both the conviction and indictment of the two men were quashed today by an appeals court on the grounds that their right against self-incrimination had been violated during their trial. He gave evidence that included the compelled testimony the pair had given to the FCA, which the appeals court ruled was a violation of their rights under…

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US appeals court upholds gag orders for national security letters; many tech firms including Microsoft and Twitter have challenged the legality of their use

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firms, a ruling that dealt a blow to privacy advocates” writes Dustin Volz for reuters.com. National security letters, or NSLs, are a type of government subpoena for communications data sent to service providers.Content distribution firm CloudFlare and phone network operator CREDO Mobile had sued the government in order to notify customers of five national security letters received between 2011 and 2013. Source: reuters.com Share…

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Appeals court calls North Carolina county’s prayer unconstitutional

“(Reuters) – A divided federal appeals court said a North Carolina county violated the U.S. Constitution by letting elected officials open meetings with Christian prayer and asking audience members to participate” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. The appeals court last month ruled against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Source: aol.com Share This:

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Court overturns former New York assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision narrowing what kind of conduct can support corruption prosecutions” reports businessinsider.com. Skelos, a Republican, and his son Adam are awaiting the appeals court’s decision on whether to overturn their own corruption convictions. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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