Month: October 2018

UK demonstrators press Uber ahead of key legal fight

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Hundreds of people who work in the so-called "gig economy" have gathered to protest outside Britain's Royal Courts of Justice as Uber appealed earlier legal rulings that have broad implications for its business model. The demonstrators argue San Francisco-based Uber should honor decisions that ruled that the two drivers in the case were "workers" under British law and therefore eligible for minimum wage and paid holidays. Uber has... [...]

Miami-Dade approved the 836 extension. Now environmental groups ask court to block it

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Environmental groups trying to foil a new toll expressway into West Kendall are asking a judge to block the plan, citing what they call misleading information shared with the public before Miami-Dade commissioners approved it. The legal actions by the Tropical Audubon Society and Friends of the Everglades aren’t a surprise. The groups sent letters signaling a likely court fight before commissioners voted in September to change the... [...]

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is unconstitutional, Miami’s top prosecutor tells high court

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A South Florida organization of prosecutors that includes Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is telling the Florida Supreme Court that the latest version of the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional. The League of Prosecutors, in newly filed court documents, asked justices to strike down the law because it unlawfully forces state attorneys to try cases involving self-defense... [...]

Gables resident sues city over ‘Big Brother’ surveillance of cars on the street

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A Coral Gables resident is suing the “City Beautiful” over a license plate reader system that law enforcement officials say captures data on almost every vehicle that enters or leaves the city. The plaintiff, Raul Mas Canosa, says the collection and retention of vehicle movement data by license plate readers is a violation of constitutional rights to privacy. “It’s a huge dragnet. There’s no distinction between criminals and... [...]

Miami taxpayers have to dip into rainy day fund to pay legal settlements with unions

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Miami’s government could face a tough financial future after it has been forced to dip into its reserves to pay for two costly legal settlements with its police and fire unions. The city has settled pension and salary disputes with the unions to the tune of $53.5 million, resolving a legal battle stemming from austerity measures taken during the Great Recession. More than half of the money will come from the city’s reserves, which... [...]