Biden White House defends Trump China tariffs in legal showdown

  • U.S. companies cite Twitter to question Trump’s motives against China
  • Thousands of companies challenge tariffs in court

The Biden administration is defending President Donald Trump’s 2018 expansion of tariffs on Chinese goods against lawsuits brought by thousands of U.S. companies, which claim Trump overstepped his authority and that his own statements and tweets undermined the official justification for the crackdown. Litigation Trendspotter: One year into the pandemic, business interruption plaintiffs notch a win, but consumers' COVID claims fail

Officially one year into the COVID-19 lockdown in the U.S., business interruption insurance litigation continues to be a roller coaster ride, while another strain of coronavirus-related litigation — class actions filed by consumers who purchased tickets for sporting events, concerts and trips, or had annual gym memberships, that became unusable once the country shut down — has so far been trending in favor of defendants.

The Trend:

Velte to present at Arkansas Law LGBTQ Colloquium

As part of the Richard B. Atkinson LGBTQ Law & Policy Program, the University of Arkansas School of Law is hosting the first Atkinson LGBTQ Law and Policy Colloquium this semester.

The colloquium, which is virtual this semester, creates space to bring in law and policy experts from across the country who are doing innovative research on a diverse range of LGBTQ law and policy topics of interest to the Arkansas community. It also provides a forum for U of A students to engage with those experts.

Political dispute over transgender rights focuses on youth sports

There was an impassioned debate in the South Dakota State Senate this week over a proposed bill that would restrict transgender female students from participating in female sports.

Legislators supporting the bill framed their arguments around fairness.

"HB 1217 makes sure women's sports in South Dakota stays fair by prohibiting biological males, no matter how they identify, from competing in female sports," said Republican state Sen. Maggie Sutton.

A Democratic opponent of the bill responded by talking about Christian values of love and inclusion.​

Judges aren't sold on COVID-19 refund cases, bumping most to arbitration

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything, federal judges overwhelmingly have sent the cases to arbitration, including those against Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster and LA Fitness. The rulings come as lawmakers in both houses of Congress have introduced legislation that would ban forced arbitration, which is prevalent in consumer cases.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first shut everything down, consumers who purchased tickets for sporting events, concerts and trips, or had annual gym memberships, immediately filed class actions over unpaid refunds.

Three areas for Modi and Biden to get working on right away

American foreign economic policy under the Biden-Harris Administration is taking shape. Raisina Hill and India Inc., take note. America is on course for continuity with some Trumpian policies, most notably linking trade, national security, and employment, though not on the environment or Iran. Already, there’s a markedly different style from the erstwhile Raj: no more rude tweets that disrupt trade relations; much more engagement with friends.

Author’s Response, by Alexander I. Platt

*This is the seventh and final post in a series on Alex’s new Article, Is Administrative Summary Judgment Unlawful? For earlier posts in the series, click here.

I am deeply grateful to Professors Barnett, Asimow, Virelli, and Tierney for their thoughtful and generous engagement with this paper. It’s an honor to be in a discussion with each of them. Their contributions here will surely be an important resource on this issue.

Is administrative summary judgment unlawful?: Policy and implications by Alexander I. Platt

*This is the second post in a series on Alex’s new Article, Is Administrative Summary Judgment Unlawful? For earlier posts in the series, click here.

My last post argued that the text, legislative history, and legal historical context of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) demonstrate the statute prohibits enforcement agencies from using administrative summary judgment to resolve formal administrative adjudications.

Why, then, has this evidently illegal practice persisted so long?

Kansas transgender sports bill: Epitome of fair play? Or, brazenly unconstitutional?

Legislation reveals fissure in public K-12, university athletics policy

TOPEKA — Former University of Kansas pole vaulter Callie Hicks offered assurances Tuesday that failure to impose a state law restricting transgender athletes to competitions based on biological gender at birth would destroy girls and women’s sports programs.


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