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July 2018 Legal Report Resources

School security. Universities have a duty to protect and warn students if they are aware of a threat or foreseeable violence towards students, the California Supreme Court ruled.

Trade secrets. Chinese scientist Weiqiang Zhang, 51, was sentenced to 121 months in a U.S. federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of rice seeds from a biopharmaceutical research facility. 

Discrimination. Target will pay $3.7 million to settle charges that its criminal background check process was biased against African American and Latino applicants.

Wages. Employers cannot use prior salary to justify pay discrepancies between men and women for the same position, a U.S. federal court of appeals ruled.

School security. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation into law that creates new standards for school safety, among other measures.

Harassment. A Florida wealth investment management and trust services company will pay $180,000 and additional relief to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Social media. The U.S. State Department issued a rule for public comment that would require all U.S. visa applicants to submit social media information.

Border security. U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the U.S. National Guard to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid border patrol agents.

Speech. The Honduran Congress is considering legislation that would require Internet service providers block or remove "illegal content" from their platforms.