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3 SCOTUS justices didn’t attend the inaugurations of Biden and Harris
The U.S. Supreme Court docket’s three oldest justices didn’t attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday: Stephen G. Breyer, 82; Clarence Thomas, 72; and Samuel A. Alito Jr., 70. It’s the primary time since 2001 that every one the justices didn’t attend. A Supreme Court docket spokeswoman mentioned a number of justices didn’t attend “in gentle of the general public well being dangers posed by the COVID pandemic.” The Washington Put up identified that Biden tried to filibuster Alito’s Supreme Court docket nomination and grilled Thomas on pure regulation throughout his contentious nomination listening to. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath to Biden, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath to Vice President Kamala Harris. (CNN, Politico, the Washington Post)
Federal pupil mortgage deferments prolonged
The U.S. Division of Training has prolonged the moratorium on federal pupil mortgage funds by means of Sept. 30. The extension additionally retains the rate of interest at 0%. Congress postponed federal pupil mortgage funds by means of Sept. 30, 2020, within the Coronavirus Assist, Aid and Financial Safety Act, often called the CARES Act. Former President Donald Trump extended the moratorium. The most recent extension was as a result of request of President Joe Biden. (The Washington Post, White Home press release)
eleventh Circuit upholds punitive verdict in tobacco case
The eleventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals at Atlanta on Tuesday upheld a $20.7 million punitive damages award towards tobacco firm Philip Morris USA. The case was filed by the property of Judith Berger, who was 13 when she first tried cigarettes. The appeals courtroom mentioned the tobacco firm engaged in “reprehensible” conduct, partly by participating in a disinformation marketing campaign concerning the risks of smoking that started within the Fifties. The courtroom additionally discovered that the punitive award was not constitutionally extreme. (Law360, the News Service of Florida, the eleventh Circuit Court docket decision)