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Trump Asks Judge to Toss Out ACLU Suit Over Trans Soldier Ban

Trump Asks Judge to Toss Out ACLU Suit Over Trans Soldier Ban

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit over the government’s planned ban on transgender military personnel, arguing the case by the American Civil Liberties Union is premature because new rules prohibiting their service haven’t taken effect. The suit by the ACLU and six transgender

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Google Sued by Women Workers Claiming Gender Discrimination

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News   Google Inc. was accused in a class action of systematically paying male employees more than females, adding the internet giant to a growing list of technology companies sued for gender discrimination. Three women who worked at Google in recent years sued in San Francisco Superior Court alleging that the

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Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border 

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News The Trump administration is increasingly allowing federal border agents to seize and search — sometimes violently — the mobile phones and laptops of thousands of U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants as they enter the country, two advocacy groups said in a lawsuit. The searches at airports and at the Canadian border are

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White House Sued by ACLU Over Transgender Soldiers Ban

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News U.S. President Donald Trump has been sued again over his plan to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, setting the stage for another bruising court battle over a directive from the White House. The lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed Monday in federal court in Maryland,

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GM Is Accused of Derailing $1 Billion Accord With Plaintiffs 

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News  General Motors Co. was accused of secretly plotting to derail a $15 million settlement between the company’s bankruptcy trust and thousands of plaintiffs that would have forced it to contribute $1 billion in stock. In a letter filed Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, lawyers for the plaintiffs said

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SEC Sues Ex-Bank Employee Over Tipping Friends About Deals

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News A former employee of a large multinational bank passed nonpublic information on dozens of planned mergers and acquisitions to his girlfriend’s father and several friends who made millions of dollars trading on the tips, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a lawsuit. Daniel Rivas, a technology project consultant

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GM Accuses Bankruptcy Trust of Secret $1 Billion Stock Plot

General Motors Co. accused the trust set up to handle its bankruptcy claims of secretly plotting with plaintiffs’ attorneys to make it pay $1 billion in stock as part of a $15 million class-action settlement. The accord, revealed at a hearing Friday in federal court in New York, will pit GM against the “Old GM” General Unsecured Creditors Trust for

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A man walks along a viewing platform in front of residential buildings in Chongqing, China, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The municipality of 30 million people's state-led development approach fueled growth of 11 percent last year, the fastest pace nationwide, with President Xi Jinping praising policy innovations that have included subsidized housing and relaxed residency rules that encourage labor mobility. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

ZTO Sued Over `Untrue Statements’ in Biggest U.S. IPO in 2016

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News ZTO Express Inc., the Chinese delivery service that had the biggest U.S. initial public offering in 2016, was sued by an investor for allegedly inflating profit margins to exceed industry peers and lure investors. The Shanghai-based company, which gets most of its business from Alibaba Holding Group Ltd., uses a

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Flush With Cash, ACLU Now Trying to Deliver on Anti-Trump Agenda

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News Florida nurse Kim Ambrose, who has a mixed- race teenage daughter and a Cuban-immigrant husband, said President Donald Trump’s treatment of minorities and women inspired her to sign up to pay $10 a month to the American Civil Liberties Union, despite her modest salary. “I’m very frightened about what’s happening

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