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Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29.
Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a potentially significant clash with President Donald Trump.
Maryland’s attorney general on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it violates the commerce clause for states to regulate the price of drugs manufactured outside of their borders, with the hopes of reviving an anti-price gouging law shot down by the Fourth Circuit.
The Fifth Circuit ruled Friday that a U.S. permanent resident convicted of possessing synthetic marijuana cannot be deported based on that crime because the drug had not yet been added to the federal controlled substances list when he committed the offense — even though it had been added by the time he was convicted.
Guidance released Friday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the deferral of taxable gains under the opportunity zone program leaves potential avenues for abuse by investors, who may be able to take advantage of uncertainty over the treatment of vacant lots, as one example.