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Montgomery County judge says Abbott’s plan for bars not good enough

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough was pleased Gov. Greg Abbott’s new order for the state regarding COVID-19 will allow bars to reopen Oct. 14 at 50 percent but says it falls short in helping many business owners.

“Kudos to the governor, thank you for finally doing something,” he said. “The problem is it is too little too late. These bars are out of business. I’m in for 100 percent.”

Late Wednesday, Abbott released GA-32, allowing county judges to “opt in” to open bars and “similar establishments” to reopen at 50 percent and all other business other than bars to open 75 percent. The order does place restriction on bar operations including when customers are walking around, they much wear masks and can only remove them when they are drinking at tables with less than six people.

While Harris County Judge Linda Hildalgo took to Twitter after Abbott’s release of GA-32

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Judge Approves Sale Of Iconic Rubie’s Costume Company, Allowing 70-Year Old Business To Start Its Next Chapter

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WESTBURY, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the sale of a majority of the assets of the Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc., the largest costume designer, manufacturer, and distributor in the United States, and several related entities (“Rubie’s”) to an investment group.

The sale allows the 70-year old company to utilize its best in-class supply chain and its over 1 million square feet of North American manufacturing and distribution space in order to service its many thousands of accounts. As the only truly full-service Halloween manufacturer and distributor in the world, the new management will look to leverage its world-class innovation and creative capabilities and utilize omni-channel retailing capabilities to continue Rubie’s best in class performance. Rubie’s capacity to distribute thousands of wholesale and over

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Judge blocks large parts of Trump’s temporary work visa ban

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said his ruling applied to members of organizations that sued the administration — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, TechNet, a technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

White, ruling in Oakland, California, said his order didn’t extend beyond those groups but noted they are comprised of “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of all sizes from a cross-section of economic sectors,” including Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

Paul Hughes, an attorney for the associations, said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alone has “more than 300,000 members of all shapes and sizes across the United States.”

The injunction, which

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Judge blocks large parts of temporary work visa ban

A federal judge has temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily lifted a visa ban on a large number of work permits, undercutting a measure that the Trump administration says will protect American jobs in a pandemic-wracked economy.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said his ruling applied to members of organizations that sued the administration — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, TechNet, a technology industry group, and Intrax Inc., which sponsors cultural exchanges.

White, ruling in Oakland, California, said his order didn’t extend beyond those groups but noted they are comprised of “hundreds of thousands of American businesses of

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Judge Slams Class Counsel In Bimbo Bread Label Deal

Law360 (September 30, 2020, 11:24 PM EDT) — A California federal judge declined to provide the full attorney fees and costs request amount in a nonmonetary deal to end a class action accusing Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. of mislabeling its bread products, saying attorneys have benefited the most from the “underwhelming case.”

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam on Tuesday reduced the award for the class counsel, which includes Fleischman Bonner & Rocco LLP and Barrett Law Group PA as co-lead counsel, and Pratt & Associates as local counsel, to $225,000 from the requested $325,000, for fees and costs, while declining to approve incentive awards for the two named plaintiffs….

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California judge rejects bid to return Chinese scientist to jail

A federal judge has rejected prosecutors’ request that bail for a Chinese researcher be revoked, saying that the government is unfairly trying to link her to spying without filing such charges.

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez, in a three-page order issued Thursday morning, refused to order Dr. Juan Tang removed from the custody of a Bay Area lawyer who has taken her in and return her to the Sacramento County Main Jail while she awaits trial on charges of lying about her ties to China’s military and communist party.

The order upholds an earlier finding by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman that Tang could be released under an agreement in which Foster city attorney Steven Cui — who does not know Tang — agreed to put up his home to provide the $750,000 bail for Tang, who came to California in December to conduct cancer research at UC

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DC Judge Says Gov’t May Not Be Obeying Diversity Visa Order

Law360 (September 23, 2020, 10:49 PM EDT) — A D.C. federal judge said the Trump administration may have violated the court’s previous orders if it told certain Diversity Visa lottery winners that they couldn’t start the visa process because they weren’t involved in a separate lawsuit where relief was issued for the visa seekers.

Counsel for 1,000 diversity visa selectees and their families told U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta in a hearing on Wednesday that the government was telling certain visa seekers they could not sit down for a visa interview because they were not named plaintiffs in Gomez v. Trump — a separate case that sought relief…

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Ohio judge blows up GOP plan to allow only 1 ballot box in each county

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A directive that restricted Ohio counties to one ballot drop box in November was arbitrary and unreasonable, a county judge ruled Tuesday, delivering the Republican secretary of state in the presidential battleground another in a series of blows to his policies.

The office of Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he would soon appeal the decision by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye, assuming the judge follows through and invalidates the secretary’s drop-box order.

For now, Frye’s ruling doesn’t change anything, LaRose spokesperson Maggie Sheehan said in a written statement, “and the Secretary’s directive remains in place.”

Access to ballot drop boxes has become an urgent matter nationally, with in-person voting options restricted by the coronavirus pandemic and the efficiency and security of mail-in voting questioned amid cutbacks at the U.S. Postal Service.

It is often the largely Democratic urban counties — such as Cuyahoga, home

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments Against Trump’s H-1B Visa Ban

The future of U.S. immigration policy and the fate of thousands of H-1B, L-1 and other visa holders rests in the hands of a federal judge. Arguments were heard on a preliminary injunction filed by businesses against the Trump administration’s June 2020 proclamation to suspend the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, L-1, H-2B and (most) J-1 temporary visas. The critical question before District Judge Jeffrey S. White: Does the president possess essentially unlimited power to override immigration laws passed by Congress and block any visa holder from entering the United States?

At the September 11, 2020, hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern

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In ruling, judge throws lifeline to diversity visa lottery

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries, partially reversing a pandemic-related freeze on a wide range of immigrant and temporary visas.

The U.S. issues up to 55,000 visas a year to people from countries with low representation in the U.S., many in Africa. They are chosen from millions of applicants by lottery.

Winners who aren’t vetted for green cards at U.S. consulates lose their spots if they don’t have their visas in hand by Sept. 30 of the year they were chosen.

The State Department had issued about 12,000 diversity visas for the 2020 lottery when President Donald Trump announced the freeze in April, leaving about 43,000 winners still waiting, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said.

“To be clear, there is no statutory requirement that every available diversity visa be issued each year, ” Mehta wrote in

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