Pence Violates The Century-Old Motor Vehicle Ban On Mackinac Island

The president claims his conversations with Ukraine President Zelensky was by the book. But according to the Washington Post, Trump asked the newly elected president to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter eight times during their July telephone conversation. Mr. Trump threatened to hold back millions in aid unless the Ukraine president did his dirty work.

Mr. Biden claims he didn’t talk to Ukraine officials about his son when he was vice president. Trump claims he had to talk to his son Hunter about firing the prosecutor who wanted to investigate the owner of Ukraine natural gas company. Hunter sat on the board on that company. According to Mr. Trump, Joe threatened to hold back aid if Ukraine didn’t fire the prosecutor who wanted to expose corruption within the gas company.

The whistleblower who told Congressman Adam Schiff about Trump’s conversation said Trump’s call with the Ukraine president was just one call Trump made to foreign officials asking for help in 2020.

Mr. Trump’s polls numbers are down. His campaign thinks he’ll lose Michigan in 2020 unless he changes his foreign policy agenda. Mr. Trump’s tariffs play a huge role in his sinking poll numbers, according to political strategists. The president likes to divert, deflect, and intimidate when he’s under the political microscope for his gangster-like presidential decisions and he’s in his deflecting mode now.

Iran’s President Rouhani won’t meet with Trump during the UN summit. Rouhani told Trump military force won’t solve his issue with Iran. Iran will make sure all American interests in the Middle East go up in smoke if he doesn’t ease the sanctions.

Mike Pompeo told Meet the Press the president doesn’t want a war with Iran, and he doesn’t either. But Pompeo blamed Iran for the Saudi oil strike even though Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. Pompeo claims he wants a diplomatic solution, but Nancy Pelosi doesn’t believe him, according to the Washington Post.

Mike Pence can’t seem to act presidential even though Mike wants to take over when Trump leaves office. According to NY Times, congress wants to know why Pence and his entourage stayed at Trump’s Doonbeg golf club when he met with the Irish in Dublin. And evangelicals want to know why Mike allows Mr. Trump to use profanity during his campaign rallies.

The latest Pence screw-up happened when he attended a Republican meeting on Michigan’s Mackinac Island and used an SUV motorcade to get there. Mackinac Island banned motor vehicles more than 100 years ago. Social media let Pence know he’s a sacrilegious loser for not doing what Gerald Ford did and arrive by a horse-drawn carriage.

Appeals Court Rules On Medication-Induced Suicide

Those who have taken out a life insurance policy know that there are exclusions in the policy that will allow the insurance company to withhold payment to the beneficiary upon the death of the insured. One of the these exclusions is if the insured commits suicide. This past week, the Third District Court of Appeals ruled on a case involving what the plaintiff referred to as medication-induced suicide.

A woman purchased two life insurance policies. These policies both stated that the company would only refund the premium to the beneficiary if the insured died by suicide within the first two years that the policies were in force.

The woman who purchased these policies was feeling slightly depressed. She went to her physician seeking assistance for the problem, and she was prescribed some medication. Over the course of a few weeks, the woman was prescribed higher doses of antidepressants. About two months after the higher doses of antidepressants were prescribed, the woman who bought the policies committed suicide.

The beneficiary of the policies took the insurance company to court when the company refused to pay out the full amount of the policies. The insurance company stated that they were within their rights not to pay out because the insured committed suicide.

The beneficiary made the case to the court that there should be an exemption to the suicide exclusion in this case because the policyholder took her life due to being placed on certain medications. The beneficiary claimed that the insured had not truly intended to commit suicide.

The case was heard in federal district court at the insurer’s request. The district court ruled in favor of the insurance company.

The beneficiary appealed to the Third District Court of Appeals. The justices on the court ruled that the policyholder’s actions leading up to her taking her own life proved that she was knowledgeable about the action she was choosing. She was not acting in a way that was out of her control. The Third District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the insurance company dismissing the medication-induced suicide argument.

There is no word yet on if the plaintiff will appeal to a higher court.

Read More: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/third-circuit-rejects-medication-induced-suicide-exception-to-policies-suicide

Prominent Attorney Robert A. Liebers Passes Away

Robert A. Liebers was an attorney who practiced in Buffalo, New York. He was also a competitive runner. John Zuroski is a chief assistant district attorney who practices in Chautaqua County. He was also a long-time friend of Robert. He stated that Robert was one of the kindest people you will ever meet.

Many people who crossed paths with Robert would say the same thing. Robert passed away on September 16, 2019 at the age of 61. He had been battling lymphoma for a long time. He grew up in Schenectady, New York. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. After he completed his bachelor’s degree, he earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, which is located in Cleveland.

Robert took a job as a public defender after he graduated from law school. He was known for taking on the tough cases that no one else wanted. He later worked for Burgett & Robbins. He also worked as an administrative law judge.

Robert spent a lot of time mentoring new lawyers. He also formed lifelong friendships with the people he represented. In fact, Robert would often attend the birthday parties of old clients.

When Robert wasn’t working, he was spending time with his family. He was married and had four children and four grandchildren. Robert was also an avid runner.

He was a member of a running team called The Red Dragons. They honored Robert by winning twice on September 17. Stephen Matteson is the head coach of the team. He told his team that they should think about Robert every time that they are hurt.

Robert was very open about his battle with cancer. He also hosted benefit races to raise money for his medical expense. People were also able to participate in a virtual race.

FedEx Reports Bad Quarterly Financial Results Months After Cutting Its Partnership With Amazon

FedEx, United Parcel Service, and the United States Postal Service are the three largest couriers in the United States, with each of them having brought in $69.7 billion, $71.8 billion, and $70.7 billion in their most recent fiscal reporting years, respectively, in revenue. According to Market Watch, each of them engages in international operations, though most of the revenue each of them brings in comes from right here within the United States.

The first two companies – FedEx and UPS – are both public companies, meaning their stock is traded on public stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange, whereas the United States Postal Service, or USPS for short, is a government agency that acts independently of all other parts of the federal government.

As the years have gone by, these couriers – all three of them – have seen an uptick in demand from e-commerce retailers, especially Amazon. Although the same isn’t true now, as FedEx and Amazon stopped partnering so closely with one another, with the former company sharing back in June 2019 that it would be declining its option to renew the pair’s annual contract to ship packages in express form throughout the United States to the tune of some $850 million in revenue. With FedEx’s annual revenue already mentioned above, it’s easy to see that $850 million in terms of revenue isn’t much more, relatively speaking, than 1.25 percent of the company’s revenues in that same year.

Two months later, in Aug. 2019, FedEx also turned down the opportunity to take Amazon’s packages and transport them via ground to consumers around the nation.

All considered, Amazon-related revenue didn’t take up that large of a chunk of FedEx’s total revenue. Despite this fact, Amazon domestic shipping via ground-based means offered FedEx a disproportionate amount of profits as compared to other ways that FedEx brought in money from sales.

FedEx’s operating income for the most recent financial quarter, the second quarter of the current financial reporting period – the company’s fiscal year started on Feb. 1, 2019 – dropped a whopping 12 percent in terms of the year-on-year comparison of current quarterly change to that of the previous year. Keep in mind that FedEx only dropped the two lines of Amazon-related services three and one months ago, respectively.

After the company’s report that contained this info and more – lots of it wasn’t so great, either, just like what is mentioned above – was put out, FedEx’s stock managed to fall nearly one-tenth of its value from the close of Tuesday’s trading until roughly midnight Eastern Time.

Feds Cut Interest Rates But Trump Says Its Not Enough To Save His Eroding Economic Butt

Mr. Trump poked the bear when he pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran because Obama signed the document. Mr. Trump couldn’t wait to help his business partners Ben Netanyahu and Prince Bin Salman out by showing Iran some American firepower and his two trigger-happy cabinet members.

President Rouhani told the press he’s not interested in a one-on-one sit down at the UN meeting unless Trump drops the sanctions. Mr. Trump gave one of his famous mixed messages when he told the press he might talk to Iran one-on-one. But then he denied he said that after the Houthi’s showed Trump a little Middle Eastern revenge in Saudi Arabia.

North Korea made the press loop again for being named a money-grabbing Internet hacker. President Kim side business is ripping off banks, governments, companies using cyberspace weapons. According to the New York Times, Kim’s hackers steal billions around the world every year.

Mr. Kim still wants the president to visit Pyongyang before it gets too cold. But Trump has his orange-colored head full trying to make a trade deal stick before the election. And he has to lower the war temperature in the Middle East.

Jared Kushner tried to write a Middle East peace plan, but he never consulted Palestine before he and Netanyahu wrote a lame deal that was more about developing the West Bank than developing a lasting peace, according to the New York Times.

China won’t give Trump what he wants in the new trade talks unless he drops the tariffs. President Xi will not budge on that request, and Trump still wants to tell the Chinese how to interact with Chinese companies.

China will talk in October, but some Wall Street analysts think the tariff war with China could last years. China economy can take the tariff beating but it’s unclear if Trump can, according to the Washington Post.

The Feds knew they couldn’t please Trump before they voted to cut interest rates by 25 basis points or a quarter percentage point. Some Wall Street economists think they will have to cut rates again at the next meeting. Mr. Trump wants a zero or below rate so he can boast about his economic achievements. But turning his economy around won’t happen with a rate cut. Mr. Trump has to seek treatment for his tariff addiction, according to CNBC.

Trump Immigration Policy Puts Strain On Tiny Mexican Agency

The hardline stance United States President Donald Trump has taken on immigration issues has overwhelmed a small asylum agency in Mexico that is now dealing with droves of individuals who are being forced to give up on their dreams of life in America.

A recent Supreme Court decision to uphold a policy by the Trump Administration that bans most applications for asylum that take place at the border can only make things worse for the tiny agency. Employees of the agency are already working upwards of 80 hours a week.

Danny Perez is a 29-year-old taxi driver who left his native Honduras to seek a better life in the United States. The recent developments have caused Perez to believe the life he wishes to build for himself may have to take place in Mexico.

Perez is unable to work at this time because he does not possess the papers needed to secure employment. He also has no money to rent a room. When asked about his present situation, Perez says he fears he may lose his mind while he is waiting for his paperwork to be processed.

Perez is forced to live on the sidewalk across the street from an office for refugees in the city of Tapachula. He says he feels safe in the area surrounded by other migrants but is lucky to get a couple of hours of sleep each night.

The Supreme Court ruling involves a law that requires migrants who must travel through another country in search of asylum in America to first gain asylum in the country they entered before reaching America. Andres Ramirez is the top man at a Mexican agency for refugees named COMAR. Ramirez believes the situation will exacerbate the problems already experienced with the flow of migrants in the country.

Alexander Espinoza is a 33-year-old from El Salvador. He says he tried to enter the United States without permission 10 times. He says the anti-immigrant rhetoric from President Trump caused him to look to Mexico as a possible new home. Espinoza was officially recognized as a refugee by COMAR a week ago. He had been waiting since March. Espinoza is now awaiting his residency card.

COMAR was expecting to handle at least 80,000 applications this year even before the Supreme Court decision. This is twice the number of applications processed a year ago. In August, Comar processed 8,178 applications. This was three times the number of applications processed in August 2018.

Trump Stands Behind Kavanaugh For Showing His Junk At College Parties

Kim Jon Un didn’t waste time sending Mr. Trump another “beautiful letter” after the president fired Bolton. The North Koreans called Bolton a poisonous plant and a hater. But now that he’s out, Kim thinks Trump will lift the sanctions, and he can pretend to stop building a nuclear arsenal, according to Reuters.

South Korea’s President Moon will meet with Trump during the United Nations summit. Moon wants Trump to stop Kim’s missile firing-addiction. Mr. Trump has to resolve the Kim situation before the election, but Iran and China issues take precedence, according to the New York Times.

Now that Pompeo claims Iran is behind the drone attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, Trump has to decide if he wants to take military action. The Iranians told Trump they had nothing to do with the drone attack, but if Trump wants to start a missile rumble, Iran’s leaders said: “bring it on.”

China wants a trade deal with Mr. Trump. China waived the tariffs they have in place on American pork and soybeans. And China’s chief negotiator Liu He told Bob Lighthizer China was ready to buy more farm products. Mr. He also told Lighthizer the Huawei ban and talks about intellectual property thief would happen, but not at the upcoming trade talk meeting. But Mr. He still wants Trump to drop the tariffs when they sign a deal. A trade meeting is in the works, but nothing will happen unless Trump makes more concessions.

Mr. Trump moved the tariff start date from October 1st to October 15th. But Trump will have to do more if he wants to claim a trade victory over the Chinese before the election. Former communications directors Anthony Scaramucci thinks China wants Trump to win the election. The Mooch claims Trump lit a match to America’s global credibility and China wants Trump to continue bashing former allies, and they want him to continue his friendship with dictators and criminals. The Chinese think Trump is America’s Kryptonite.

Trump’s legal advisor Kellyanne Conway told the Sunday talks shows Mr. Trump and his advisors don’t like to study volatile situations before they act. The president likes to go off half-cocked, and that’s another reason China wants Trump to win the 2020 election.

One of Brett Kavanaugh’s college friends told the New York Times the Supreme Court judge liked to pull out his junk during his college days. Brett’s friend told the FBI about Kavanaugh’s behavior during his confirmation farce. But the FBI didn’t paid attention to the proof that shows Brett was a drunken sexual predator, according to the LA Times.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-suggests-innocent-kavanaugh-should-sue-blasts-media-for-lies

Virginia AG Makes New Ruling On Marriage Licenses

As race continues to be a hot topic in the United States, one question that has recently arisen concerns whether or not a couple seeking a marriage license should be required to identify their race. In Virginia, Attorney General Mark Herring has recently made a ruling on this matter. Since it has been more than a half-century since the U.S. Supreme Court negated the state’s laws regarding interracial marriages, AG Herring recently made a new interpretation of the statute dealing with this matter.

Due to the state facing the prospects of a federal lawsuit concerning current state law requiring couples seeking marriage licenses to make clear their races, AG Herring has examined the statute and informed staff of impending changes to this procedure. Starting immediately, clerks will still be required to ask a couple about their race. However, should one or both members of the couple refuse to answer, the clerk is no longer allowed to deny the couple their license.

In Herring’s memo to court clerks, he stated that based on his conclusions about state law court clerks are not required to deny a marriage license based on an applicant choosing to answer or not answer the question. To ensure this process is now carried out according to his interpretation of the statute, court clerks have been given new marriage license forms that include a section titled “Declined to Answer” regarding questions of race.

These changes, which have been brought about by a federal lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyer Victor Glasberg on behalf of three couples challenging Virginia’s law, essentially put an end to the state’s Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924. This act, which was originally referred to as “An Act to Preserve the Integrity of the White Race,” is now viewed by AG Herring and others as a state law that was grounded in prejudice and ignorance.

Moving forward, AG Herring felt that rather than put the state through the litigation process of a federal lawsuit that the state would likely lose, it was in the best interest of everyone involved to reexamine the current statute. Commenting on the current changes taking place in society today, Herring noted “no Virginian will be forced to label themselves in order to be married.” In getting the issue resolved as quickly as possible, Herring made it clear the state is determined to move forward and adapt to societal changes.

The Scent Of Impeachment Lingers Around Nadler’s Committee

The Supreme Court pulled a page out of Bill Barr’s “let’s side with the president instead of the constitution” handbook when all the male legal eagles said Trump’s seek-asylum-in-the-first-country-you-come-rule was kosher.

Ruth and Sonia told the other chief justices protecting Trump’s quest to make America a white-only immigrant-loving nation makes them no better than he is, according to the New York Times. Mexico’s president told the press he thinks the Supreme Court has no business telling him how he should run his country.

Trump got the zero or below zero interest rate flu. The Trumpster knows the economic figures at the end of September won’t be good. He wants Jerome Powell to do what Japan and countries in Europe did and cut interest rates below zero to stimulate economic growth. But Trump’s tariff war will get in the way of that stimulus, according to several bank presidents. That’s why some members of the board don’t want to cut rates.

Powell told the press decent economic growth continues, but he didn’t say how long it will last. Some economists predict the U.S. will enter a recession in June 2020. Trump’s economists say they don’t see signs of a recession. But Mr. Trump knows low unemployment is only one ingredient in Gross Domestic Product growth.

Iran is still a political and global thorn in Trump’s side. EU members and Japan want Trump to drop the sanctions. Macron told Iran France would give the country a $15 billion line of credit so they can do oil business while Trump throws his sanction tantrum.

Trump told the press he might ease sanctions on Iran now that the rest of the world is on Iran’s side. Russia and China let Trump know they would stop him from blowing up Iran, according to the Washington Post.

The Trumpster’s weird story about Alabama’s weather got a lot weirder when a Trumpian working for NOAA followed Trump’s orders and threw National Weather Service scientists in the weather forecasting toilet. Trump denies he told Mike Mulvaney to get sleepy Wilbur Ross to threaten to fire anyone at NOAA who doesn’t back his Hippy Dippy weather claim up. But that’s what happened, according to the Washington Post.

Congressman Jerry Nadler and his judiciary committee want to impeach Trump. But Nancy Pelosi wants to wait. Nadler sent documents to Trump’s lawyers that show Trump obstructed justice and committed a plethora of crimes. Nadler and the committee read the Mueller report Bill Barr didn’t want anyone to read, and they found several illegal smoking guns, according to the Times.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/us/politics/trump-impeachment-hearing.html

Uber Faces Lawsuit Over Worker Classification

A driver has filed a lawsuit against Uber for misrepresenting her relationship with the company as an independent contractor. The lawsuit was filed on the same day legislators in California voted in favor of a bill that would allow Uber drivers to enjoy the benefits of full-time employees.

Assembly Bill five has the support of Governor Gavin Newsome and is set to go into effect January 1, 2020. However, there is a chance the bill will undergo changes before it becomes active.

Angela McRay is the woman at the center of the class-action lawsuit that was filed hours after the bill was approved that would affect the classification of workers in many industries. McRay has been an Uber driver for three years and alleges in her complaint that Uber plans to intentionally ignore the new statute. The complaint goes on to characterize Uber’s defiance of Assembly Bill Five as an intentional violation of the law.

Uber chose not to respond to questions from the media pertaining to the matter on Thursday.

Tony West, chief legal officer, opines that the new law does not cause Uber drivers to be automatically reclassified as employees of the company. He says Uber could take their case to arbitration and ‘pass the harder test.’

According to nytimes.com, the size of the workforce in California has caused the developments with Assembly Bill five to gain national attention. There are hundreds of thousands of contract workers in the state who may now receive worker protections like minimum wage and overtime pay. Some contractors may also be entitled to expense reimbursement and healthcare insurance.

The law is being opposed by ‘gig economy’ companies who depend on independent contractors for survival.

The bill seeks to provide structure to a state Supreme Court decision a year ago that made it more difficult for companies to classify workers as contractors.

Door Dash and Lyft Inc., both rivals of Uber, have each expressed their support of alternate legislation that would improve pay and benefits for workers while maintaining their status as independent contractors.

Uber has also faced problems over worker status with drivers in Massachusetts and agreed to a $20 million settlement in March to end a six-year-old lawsuit filed by drivers in Massachusetts and California who found fault in their classification as contractors and not employees.

Mike Flynn’s New Lawyers Want His Sentencing Trial Dismissed

President Trump told the press he fired John Bolton. Mr. Trump said Bolton is a warmonger. Trump said he disagrees with Bolton’s approach to Iran and North Korea. Bolton didn’t want Trump to meet with the Taliban. But Trump wanted to show his voter base he could bring American troops home from Afghanistan on his own. His failed Camp David meeting with the Taliban was another Trump attempt to do things his way, according to the New York Times.

Mr. Bolton version of his firing didn’t match Trump’s account of the meeting the two men had the night before Trump announced Bolton’s exit. Bolton told Trump he planned to resign, but the president told him to sleep on it, and they would discuss his resignation in the morning. According to Bolton, his morning meeting with Trump never happened.

Mr. Trump got rid of three national security advisors in three years because they disagreed with his shoot-from-the-hit decision-making process. Now that Bolton’s out, the president can act like the security advisor through the Trumpian he names to replace Bolton. The Trump Administration is a group of Trump yes-men who do whatever it takes to make the Trumpster happy, according to the New York Times.

Eighty-year-old Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is a good example of the incompetence that runs through the White House like the plague, according to the Post. Ross threatened to fire the people at NOAA who disagreed with Trump’s claim that Dorian would impact Alabama. The president spent six days defending his Hippy Dippy Weatherman weather report before NOAA threw the National Weather Service scientists a curveball and agreed with Trump’s Alabama weather prediction.

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe wants to stop Trump from adding additional tariffs to Japanese autos and trucks so Abe told Trump Japan would buy tons of corn from American farmers. But Japanese agriculture officials claim Japan doesn’t need the corn. Japan has enough corn even though Abe told the press pests ate the Japanese corn crop this year.

Mike Flynn, the first Trump campaign official to plead guilty to inappropriate conversations with the Russian ambassador in 2016, will receive his sentence in December. According to Time.com, prosecutors told the judge to go easy and just give Flynn probation. But Flynn hired a new group of lawyers, and they want the judge to throw the case out.

Flynn’s lawyers say the Mueller investigation was an illegal debacle, and they accused prosecutors of misconduct. But the chance of Flynn getting a get-out-of-jail-free card is slim, according to the Times.

Major Probe Will Focus On Google

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to announce that he and 39 other attorneys -general will launch a probe of technology companies to determine if they are in violation of US antitrust laws. The probe will specifically look into whether or not tech companies are engaging in anti-competitive practices. It is as yet unknown which companies will be the focus of the probe, but it is being reported that Google will be the firm that will be placed under the greatest level of scrutiny.

There are two main reasons that the attorneys-general are launching this probe. Major social media companies have been criticized heavily for breaches of privacy. This lack of privacy is an issue that has been taken up by many politicians from both sides of the political spectrum including President Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren who is running for the presidential nomination in the Democratic Party.

There is also a major issue with competitiveness that the probe is expected to address. According to a report by indiatimes.com, Google has been accused by some of halting competition from other search engines. Critics of Google have stated that the company uses its search engine dominance to direct those who conduct searches to its affiliate companies to the detriment of those who compete against Google.

Attorneys-general on Friday announced a separate probe into the activities of Facebook. This probe will also focus on breeches of antitrust laws.

Google, Facebook and other tech companies are facing scrutiny from the Justice Department in addition to these newly announced probes by various attorneys-general. The Justice Department delivered a civil investigative demand for records to Google on August 30. Tech companies are also facing investigations in some European nations.

Google has stated that the company will comply with all requests for information from the federal, state and international authorities. The company has reiterated that it has not violated any antitrust laws.

Lawyer Dies Of Cancer While Working On A Malpractice Case

Katrina Dennis was an attorney who recently died from breast cancer. She had recently sued her doctor for medical malpractice. She was scheduled to appear in Baltimore County Circuit Court last week, but she was too sick to attend. Katrina was seeking $24 million in damages.

Katrina was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2015. She was 36-years-old at the time. She has ductal carcinoma, which is a form of cancer that is found in the milk ducts. It is estimated that 20 percent of breast cancers are ductal carcinoma.

Surgery is the most common treatment used for ductal carcinoma. Katrina hired an attorney named Robert Weltchek. She stated that her doctor was negligent in care. She also said that her doctor did not push for Tomoxifen, which is a drug that would have prevented the cancer from spreading and re-growing.

The name of Katrina’s doctor is Dr. Michael Schultz. Dr. Schulz has hired his own attorneys. The attorneys state that Dr. Schultz did everything that he could to provide quality care. They also stated that the doctor tested Katrina to see if the cancer had spread to other parts of the body.

Katrina went to an urgent care center back in 2017 because she had back pain. She later went to an emergency room and found out that the cancer had spread to her bones, blood and organs. Michael Schwartzberg is a spokesman for St. Joseph, which is the clinic that Katrina was treated at. He said that he is deeply saddened by her death.

Katrina was a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was active on student life committees during the time that she was a student. Linda Gooden, who is the chair of the Board of Regents for the University of Baltimore, stated that Katrina fought a long, hard battle and will be missed.

Source: https://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-katrina-dennis-dies-from-cancer-20190901-7lglkcm3wrgxdbpbansknbexwy-story.html

Department Of Justice Launches Antitrust Investigation Against California and Quartet Of Automakers

An investigation is underway by the United States Department of Justice to determine if an agreement between California and four automakers to implement state standards for emissions is a violation of federal antitrust laws.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the anti-trust division mailed letters to each of the lawmakers in question on August 28 that explained their agreement with California was being reviewed for possible violations. The companies were also informed that no decision had yet been made in the matter.

The announcement comes at a time when the Trump administration has doubled down on attempts to eliminate controls the previous administration established for emissions standards. According to CNBC, the current investigation by the DOJ is also seen as a precursor to the prolonged legal battle with California over the state’s role in setting its own emissions standards.

The companies in question, Volkswagon AG, BMW AG, Honda Motor Co., and Ford Motor Co. reported the deal they struck with California allowed them to adopt lower standards than were necessary under the rules established by Obama. However, these standards were higher than what is mandated by the Trump administration.

The automakers were acting in direct defiance of an attempt by Trump and his administration to take away the right of California to set their own emissions standards to fight climate change. The automakers fear the effects of a longterm legal battle over the matter and want to avoid a patchwork of requirements that differ from state to state.

The Department of Justice offered no comment on Friday. It is expected that officials with the DOJ will soon meet with the four automakers at the center of the conflict to gather more information about their agreement with California.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker for the House of Representatives, characterized the investigation as a sham on the part of the Justice Department and urged the department to turn their attention to enforcing antitrust laws where violations actually exist.

One government official who is in favor of the DOJ actions says that California has enlisted the help of a group of irresponsible automakers to help the state push failed initiatives on the rest of America.

It is expected that the final approval necessary to roll back the standards set by the Obama administration will take place in the coming weeks. This will also eliminate the ability of states like California to set their own emissions standards unless a court later decides otherwise.

Former White House Counsel For Barack Obama, Greg Craig, Found Not Guilty Of Lying To The Federal Government After Two-And-A-Half-Week Trial

Barack Obama served the United States as its 44th president from 2009 to 2017. One thing that all presidents of the United States do soon after being inaugurated is elect members to their Cabinet, which includes people to lead the most important federal government agencies in the nation.

One other position that is part of the president’s Cabinet is White House Counsel. Even though Obama worked as an attorney for several years before becoming a practicing politician, he still needed – just like all high-level decision-makers – a second opinion from the legal expert Greg Craig, a skilled trial lawyer with several decades’ worth of experience at the time he was appointed to White House Counsel in Jan. 2009, who even helped Barack Obama prepare for his debates with John McCain, who was the Republican Party’s candidate for the 2008 presidential election, by acting as McCain likely would in a debate.

After serving the United States federal government as a White House official, people aren’t legally allowed to engage in certain types of work. Two of these types of work are public relations and politics. Those former White House officials who engage in either of these types of work – if not both of them – for a foreign entity are forced to register with the U.S. federal government under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been a law since 1938.

According to NPR.org, Greg Craig, who lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government over the two-year period following his departure from the White House, failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In April 2019, just earlier this year, Craig was indicted by the United States Department of Justice shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report compiling his findings from his long investigation into whether President Donald Trump had, in fact, engaged in wrongful, illegal activities with Russian agents in order to benefit his political campaign in the 2016 president election and improve his chances of taking over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

After a trial that lasted nearly three weeks, Craig was ruled by a panel of federal jurors to be not guilty of lying to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the aforementioned work he did with the government of Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, as he was thought to be required to do so under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Ultimately, Craig and his law firm compiled a report for the Viktor Yanukovych-led Ukrainian government regarding the then-ongoing trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2012.