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May 2, 2015

Baltimore homicide charges could face swift initial court test

By David Ingram and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The chief Baltimore prosecutor, who came out swinging on Friday with charges against six police officers in the death of a 25-year-old man, could be quickly asked to disclose some of the potential evidence she has collected.

At a news conference Friday, Marilyn Mosby accused the officers of illegally arresting Freddie Gray, placing him in a police van without a seatbelt and with his legs shackled and his hands cuffed, and then ignoring his pleas for medical help. Mosby charged the officer who drove the van with second-degree murder and the others with lesser charges, including manslaughter.

Feb 4, 2015

Mexican contractor tied to Pemex bribe attempt -U.S. prosecutors

Feb 3 (Reuters) – A jailed Mexican businessman serving time
for laundering money and his son discussed bribing an official
at Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, to win contracts,
according to court documents.

In 2013, Francisco “Pancho” Colorado, the owner of
Veracruz-based oil services company ADT Petroservicios, was
convicted in a U.S. federal court of laundering drug money for
the Zetas drug cartel by purchasing racehorses and sentenced to
20 years in prison.

Dec 17, 2014

How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to rule soon on if, and how,
companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried
out by their contractors or franchisees – a move that could have
far-reaching implications for businesses.

If the five-member board decides to broaden the theory known
as “joint employer,” industry groups say it will harm businesses
and could potentially set in motion a number of legal battles.

Dec 11, 2014

NLRB in divided opinion rules unions can use email to organize

Dec 11 (Reuters) – The National Labor Relations Board ruled
in a split decision on Thursday that employees can use company
email to organize, finding electronic communication is the
modern day version of a “water cooler” where employees discuss
workplace issues.

The case, closely watched by both labor groups and
businesses, pitted a sign language interpreting service called
Purple Communications against the AFL-CIO, the
largest federation of trade unions in the United States.

Dec 11, 2014

Judge sides with California workers in Walmart labor dispute

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – An administrative law judge found Walmart threatened employees trying to organize workers at two stores in California, in a victory for workers’ rights groups challenging labor practices at the retail giant.

    The ruling issued on Tuesday stems from complaints raised by workers at Walmart stores in Placerville and Richmond, California, arguing they were unfairly disciplined for trying to organize employees.

Dec 9, 2014

UAW wants works council with ‘Tennessee flavor’ at VW plant

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory.

Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove membership at a certain level can hold regular meetings with management on labor issues.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. justice system makes it difficult to indict a cop

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury decision not to indict a New York policeman over a fatal chokehold underscores how difficult it is to charge an officer in the United States, even when the tactic appears to contradict police department policy and is caught on video.

Although Wednesday’s decision caught some Americans by surprise, indictments of police officers for excessive force are extremely rare for political, cultural and legal reasons.

Nov 21, 2014

Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan.

Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama’s moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they’ve been harmed by the order. Just hours after the speech, an Arizona sheriff filed suit arguing the reform is unconstitutional.

Nov 20, 2014

Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers.

Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move.

Nov 14, 2014

Strippers win $10.9 million judgment for unpaid wages from New York club

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exotic dancers at a midtown Manhattan strip club were awarded nearly $10.9 million by a U.S. judge who found they were employees unfairly classified by the club as independent contractors.

The damages cover unpaid wages and withheld gratuities dancers employed at Rick’s Cabaret, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said. The action was brought on behalf of some 2,000 dancers employed at the club – owned by Peregrine Enterprises Inc, a unit of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc – going back to 2005.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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