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Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge

July 18, 2018 |

Poland’s government is drafting new laws to rush its purge of the Supreme Court, racing ahead of efforts by the European Union to halt what authorities in Brussels view as a rapid erosion in rule of law.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

TSA agents cannot be held liable for abuse claims, appeals court rules

July 15, 2018 |

Transportation Security Administration officers who are accused of abuse on the job are immune from being held liable for damages, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 2-to-1 decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia this week means that passengers who file claims of abuse…


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Chile Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crypto Exchange Against Bank

July 15, 2018 |

Chile Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crypto Exchange Against Bank

In an ongoing dispute between banks and cryptocurrency exchanges in Chile, an appeals court has finally ruled in favor of one crypto exchange against one of the largest banks in the country. Five major banks have also separately responded to lawsuits against them in court.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Court of Appeals Ruling

Chile Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crypto Exchange Against BankThe Fourth Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santiago has ruled in favor of cryptocurrency exchange Orionx against Banco Estado for closing its account, local media reported. The ruling, which orders the only government-owned bank in Chile to reopen the exchange’s account, was published on Thursday.

The court decided that the bank’s action constitutes “an arbitrary and illegal action, which constitutes a deprivation of the right protected by Article 19 No. 2 of the Political Constitution of the Republic, that is, the right to equality before the law,” La Tercera quoted the ruling.

Chile Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crypto Exchange Against BankBy closing the exchange’s account, the bank is preventing Orionx “from developing an activity that, although not regulated, does not prevent the bank from adopting less intensive security measures such as the development of effective monitoring and control programs before the final closure of the account,” Emol news outlet cited the ruling. The publication elaborated:

The document refers to breaches of contract and the impossibility of Banco Estado to determine that Orionx engages in money laundering with the currencies with which it operates.

While acknowledging the risks associated with crypto transactions, the court explained that businesses using them “as new forms of investment and payment…cannot necessarily be identified with the commission of criminal acts.”

Banks Responding to Lawsuits

A few lawsuits have been filed against the country’s major banks with the Court for the Defense of Free Competition (TDLC – Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia).

Chile Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crypto Exchange Against BankOrionx sued six major banks last month for abusing their power and quashing its crypto payment business. Previously, another crypto exchange, Buda.com, filed a lawsuit against ten banks for closing its accounts and well as the accounts of another local crypto exchange, Cryptomkt. The antitrust court subsequently ordered three banks, including Banco Estado, to reopen the crypto exchanges’ accounts while the lawsuit is still pending.

On Friday, Diario Financiero reported that five banks have responded to the lawsuit against them before the TDLC. The banks are Santander, Banco de Chile, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (Bci), Scotiabank, and Itaú. The exchanges allege that they abused their dominant position when they either closed the accounts of or denied opening them for crypto exchanges.

Santander wrote in its response letter that “the use of a current account would not be essential for the digital currency traders,” the publication conveyed.

Banco de Chile responded:

The closing of Cryptomkt’s current accounts is not based on the alleged danger of the activity carried out by the plaintiff or because it is not regulated by the authority, but…in the absence of concrete information that allows Banco de Chile to develop the due diligence in the matter of money laundering, since it is required to justify the transactions in the current accounts.

Bci denied any abuse of a dominant position, stating that it would be difficult to do so because crypto “is a practically decentralized market, with a large number of actors, according to public information available.”

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President Trump Chooses Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Vacancy

July 10, 2018 |

President Donald Trump will nominate Brett Kavanaugh to fill the newest vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, choosing a conservative figure who, if confirmed, could push the court to the right after years of seesaw rulings.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

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President Trump Announces Brett Kavanaugh as New Supreme Court Nominee

July 10, 2018 |

President Trump has tapped his pick for the next Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy — and he’s being hailed as a strong conservative choice. The Prez nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday,…

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Meet President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

July 10, 2018 |

It’s Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump made his monumental Supreme Court pick Monday night, selecting the 53-year-old to replace Anthony Kennedy, reports CNN . Prior to the announcement, Sam Baker of Axios looked over the four presumed finalists and wondered , “Do you think Trump will nominate the very conservative appellate judge, the…
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McConnell to Trump: Popular Supreme Court Pick a Bad Idea

July 8, 2018 |

Mitch McConnell has been calling the White House daily, and not to discuss President Trump’s golf game . McConnell has been carefully explaining—without explicitly telling Trump what to do—which Supreme Court nominees would get faster approval before the November elections arrive and make everything dicey, insiders tell the New…
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Trump completes interviews of Supreme Court candidates

July 5, 2018 |

President Trump has completed the interview process for potential Supreme Court picks after speaking with six candidates, a source with knowledge of the selection process tells Fox News.
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Polish Chief Justice Defies Supreme Court Overhaul

July 5, 2018 |

The head of Poland’s Supreme Court defied a new judicial order that has put the nationalist government on a confrontation course with the European Union, showing up to work despite a controversial new law forcing her ouster.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

This Federal Judge May Be Conservative ‘Dream’ for Court

July 4, 2018 |

President Trump will announce his next Supreme Court nominee in less than a week, and one name popping up on everybody’s short list is Amy Coney Barrett. CBS News , for example, reports that Coney Barrett is one of two leading contenders, along with another federal judge, Brett Kavanaugh. Coney Barrett,…
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