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Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday criticized the country’s judiciary for rejecting his appeal over his disqualification from office and vowed again to fight a legal battle to clear his name. In July, the Supreme Court barred him from office for concealing financial assets. Sharif has since been replaced by a member of his ruling party but has vowed to fight and prove he never indulged in corruption. Earlier this month, the top court rejected Sharif’s request for a review of its July 28 ruling. Tuesday’s remarks by Sharif came just after he made his first appearance before an anti-corruption court to face corruption charges earlier in the day. He has returned home from London, where he travelled to see his ailing wife who is undergoing medical treatment in Britain. “I know for what reasons I am being punished,” Sharif told a news conference, without elaborating. Sharif is likely to be indicted on Oct. 2 in connection with three corruption cases that were filed against him by the country’s anti-corruption body earlier this month. Sharif resigned after the Supreme Court disqualified him, but afterward said he was being punished over a trivial charge. As he appeared before the corruption court earlier on Tuesday, a group of Sharif’s followers gathered outside the court and later some chanted slogans in his support inside the courtroom. Source: Legal News Post Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification

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Abortion clinic seeks to sue Ohio over budget restrictions

A Cleveland abortion clinic asked Ohio’s high court on Tuesday to grant it legal standing to sue over abortion-related restrictions tucked into the state’s 2013 budget bill. Preterm of Cleveland argued that the provisions impose added administrative and caseload burdens that clearly qualify the clinic to proceed with its constitutional challenge to the manner in which the bill was put together. The clinic’s attorney, B. Jessie Hill, told justices significant new hurdles are not required to meet the legal burden for standing. “We have to do something we didn’t have to do before: We have to enter into a new contract every two years,” she said. “That’s all we need to demonstrate.” The clinic disputes budget provisions that required more frequent renewal of a clinic’s emergency transfer agreement with a local hospital after prohibiting public hospitals from participating and required testing for a fetal heartbeat before an abortion can be performed. The state’s attorney, Ryan Richardson, argued the clinic has not demonstrated true or threatened harm and so can’t legally sue. “As this court has said, really the essence of standing is having a plaintiff that has a direct and concrete stake in the issues, so that the plaintiff is able to properly sharpen the issues for the court’s resolution,” she said. “Bringing a plaintiff who is not directly affected impacts the ability to properly present the facts and legal issues that the court needs to properly adjudicate the case.” The lawsuit comes amid abortion clinic closures across Ohio that have coincided with falling abortion rates. Source: Legal News Post Abortion clinic seeks to sue Ohio over budget restrictions

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Businesses Begin Filing Class Actions Against Equifax | Law.com

Businesses Begin Filing Class Actions Against Equifax | Law.com: Consumers aren’t the only ones suing over the Equifax data breach: Small businesses, including a law firm and a credit union, want to recoup financial losses tied to the massive cyberattack.Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin, has brought a class action on behalf of all credit unions that have had to reimburse customers for fraudulent charges and forgo fees due to the breach, which has impacted 143 million people. Robins Kaplan brought that suit on Sept. 11 in federal court in Georgia. Source: TTLA E-Clips Businesses Begin Filing Class Actions Against Equifax | Law.com

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Appeals Court Allows More of Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Law

A federal appeals court has partially lifted a judge’s order that blocked much of a Texas law targeting “sanctuary cities.” Monday’s ruling by three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel allows more of the law to take effect, and says that the law could survive with some language changes. The law requires Texas cities and counties to comply with federal immigration officials’ requests to detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally and jailed on non-immigration offenses. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked much of the law on Aug. 31, a day before it was to take effect. The state asked the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let the law take effect ahead of oral arguments set for November. Source: Legal News Post Appeals Court Allows More of Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Law

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