Incarcerated Transgender Woman’s Rights Violated: Department of Justice Sues Utah Department of Corrections

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah Department of Corrections has been sued by the Department of Justice after it was found that a transgender inmate’s rights were violated. The DOJ alleges that the state, along with the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, discriminated against the inmate based on her disability, gender dysphoria, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint filed by the DOJ, the incarcerated transgender woman repeatedly requested hormone therapy but was denied equal access to healthcare services by the Utah Department of Corrections. In addition, … Read more

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Department of Veterans Affairs for Racial Discrimination in Benefits to Proceed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) alleging racial discrimination in disability benefits can proceed. The suit claims that the VA systematically rejected applications for benefits from Black veterans at a higher rate than their white counterparts, a practice that has allegedly persisted since World War II. The case was brought by Vietnam veteran Conley Monk Jr. of Connecticut on behalf of himself and his late father, a World War II veteran. The lawsuit asserts that the VA engaged in “systematic benefits … Read more

Justice Department Takes on Apple’s Alleged Smartphone Monopoly, Pushes for Fair Competition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple is shaping up to be a major battle reminiscent of the government’s 1990s case against Microsoft. However, the complaint filed by the Justice Department last week appears to lack the impact and force of that earlier blockbuster case. Last week, the Justice Department and attorneys general from 16 states accused Apple of illegally monopolizing the smartphone market and using its power to lock consumers into its products for higher profits. But the key question isn’t just about Apple’s financial success, it’s about whether the company … Read more

Latvian Broker Arrested for Violating US Export Laws in Connection to Russian Aerospace Equipment Sales: Justice Department Indicts Third Individual in Johnson County Conspiracy

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. – A Latvian broker has been arrested for violating U.S. export laws in connection with a Johnson County company. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a citizen of the Republic of Latvia is charged with crimes related to a year-long conspiracy to sell avionics equipment to Russian companies, in violation of U.S. export laws. This arrest is the result of a grand jury’s superseding indictment, which also implicates a Johnson County company and two U.S. nationals. The superseding indictment states that Oleg Chistyakov, also known as Olegs Čitsjakovs, conspired with U.S. … Read more