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Justice Department Sues Google for Alleged Monopoly

On a Tuesday in October, the Department of Justice, along with 11 state Attorneys General, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Google, Inc. The lawsuit cited Google's unlawful monopoly on the search and search advertising markets. The states represented: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas. So, what does this mean for searchers?

Department of Labor Proposes New Rule Limiting ESG Investments

The Employee Benefits Security Administration has sent a proposed rule to the White House that intends to amend existing guidance governing financial fiduciary investment duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The proposed, Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments rule will prevent fiduciaries from using an environmental, social and governance (ESG) or sustainable investment plan as the default choice in any public or private retirement plan. On top of this, the DOL's proposal will make it difficult for retirement plan managers - this includes pensions and 401(k) plans - to consider ESG factors when evaluating potential investment plans.

Opinion: Ending Qualified Immunity Is Bad Public Policy

Recently, I had the opportunity to write an opinionated article for the Michigan Police Chiefs magazine regarding the topic of ending qualified immunity. In recent months, we have seen those on the political left and right calling for expanded personal civil liability of police officers by ending the protections of the "qualified immunity" doctrine. In this article, I will give my thoughts, on why ending qualified immunity is just bad public policy. You can read the full magazine below - my article begins on Page 10 - or you can click here.

Michigan LGBTQ+ Discrimination Protection Ballot Proposal

A new ballot initiative that would provide protections to the LGBTQ+ community is gaining steam in Michigan. The Michigan LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in State Civil Rights Law Initiative proposes to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for the LGBTQ+ community. You may remember recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights laws included gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classifications - check out my video from June discussing this ruling. The proposed ballot initiative - if passed - would codify civil rights protections for the LGBTQ+ community at the state level.

Michigan DNR Honors Veteran Conservation Officers

Every year, there is one special day that gives us the chance to honor and thank those that served in the armed forces. Protecting our constitutional rights and democracy has always been at the heart of that service. While 24 hours certainly does not seem like enough time, the Michigan DNR is getting a head start by honoring 25 conservation officers with military backgrounds. You can read their full article here.

New California Law Requiring Racial Diversity on Corporate Boards of Directors

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a one-of-a-kind legislation into law recently. Publicly traded companies headquartered in the State of California, will be required to appoint directors from underrepresented communities to their boards. The first law in the country to dictate the racial representation of corporate boards.

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