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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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Republic of Congo Foreign Minister welcomes new constitution
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo [embassy website], Jean-Claude Gakosso, embraced the country's new constitution [UN News Centre] on Saturday before the UN General Assembly [official website], which he said will improve political, economic and social governance. The new constitution, which Gakosso said was "more adapted to the requirements of the rule of law in its most commonly accepted sense," is structured on the separation of powers, particularly entrenching the independence of the judiciary, and abolishes the death penalty, works towards equalizing education opportunities for both genders, and recognizes fundamental rights of indigenous peoples. In addition, the constitution... Full Story››
Syria situation a breach of humanitarian law: EU officials
Attacks in Aleppo, Syria's capital, were called a "breach of international humanitarian law" in a joint statement [text] by EU officials on Saturday. The EU is urging countries with influence on the parties to encourage negotiations to cease the attacks and allow humanitarian aid to victims in need. Suffering in Aleppo has become worse in the last 48 hours, according to the officials. They denounced the targeting of a humanitarian convoy, which was hit by an airstrike last week. Because of this, many civilians in Aleppo were deprived of water supplies. According to UN officials, millions more civilians were also... Full Story››
Brazil Supreme Court allows corruption probe of President Temer
The Brazil Supreme Court [official website] approved a motion by prosecutors to open a preliminary investigation into accusations from Sergio Machado, former Transpetro head, that president Michel Temer sought illegal campaign donations in 2012. It was revealed by the Supreme Court in June that portions of Machado's plea bargain testimony allege that Temer requested contribution from an engineering group in relation to Sao Paulo's 2012 mayoral campaign, which was legal but resulted from illegal kickbacks on contracts with Petrobras. Transpetro is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company, which is currently the subject of Brazil's largest corruption scandal... Full Story››
Former Wells Fargo employees file lawsuit against bank
Two former employees of Wells Fargo [corporate website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday on behalf of employees whom they claim were penalized over the last 10 years for following the rules and not meeting sales quotas. The lawsuit seeks $2.6 billion in damages or possibly more for allegations that include wrongful termination, unlawful business practices and failure to pay wages. According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo was aware [Reuters report] that their strict sales quotas were leading bankers to fraudulently open accounts for customers. The plaintiffs allege that the biggest victims of this were employees who... Full Story››
Federal appeals court strikes down Ohio purging of inactive voters from rolls
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a procedure implemented by the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted [official website] that effectively eliminated inactive voters from registration rolls if they failed to respond to letters requesting confirmation of their status and addresses. The suit was filed by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and Larry Harmon, who sought to enjoin the Secretary from removing the names of registered voters from Ohio's voter rolls on the contention that such a procedure violates the National Voter... Full Story››