The Daily Populous

Friday July 30th, 2021 evening edition

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To help accomplish that, the company has retained the services of prestigious law firm WilmerHale, which is the same law firm helping Amazon keep its workers from unionizing.

As the state of California’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard demonstrates, video game companies have a well-earned reputation for creating work environments that are at best uncomfortable, at worst downright hostile.

That’s exactly why the game workers unionization movement has been gaining traction over the past several years.

So when Activision Blizzard, a company currently under fire for its discriminatory practices and rampant sexual harassment issues, hires WilmerHale, a law firm with a reputation for union-busting, heads turn and brows furrow.

Partner Stephanie Avakian, who is heading up the Activision Blizzard policy review process, served as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement director during the Trump administration.

The partnership also comes at a time when Activision Blizzard employees, empowered by the very public lawsuit, have begun speaking out en masse about their companies policies.

This was followed by Wednesday’s walkout, in which Activision Blizzard employees around the world stopped working for several hours. »

Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green accused of ‘trespassing’ at prison holding Capitol rioters

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A group of GOP lawmakers was turned away from a Washington DC prison as they attempted to inspect the conditions of Capitol rioters in custody.

Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were among the group warned they were trespassing and obstructing the entrance to the correctional facility.

After leaving the entrance area of the prison on Thursday, the group of GOP lawmakers said they were locked out from re-entering. »

Three US teachers who sued Monsanto over chemical exposure awarded $185m

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Three schoolteachers in Washington state who sued the chemical company Monsanto over exposure to materials in fluorescent lights have been awarded $185m.

The law firm that represented the teachers, Friedman Rubin, said a jury returned the verdict on Tuesday in King county superior court.

“This is a big step in holding Monsanto accountable,” the teachers’ attorney, Rick Friedman, said in a statement. »

A Judge Questioned If Capitol Rioters Are Getting Off Too Easy For “Terrorizing Members Of Congress”

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The circumstance that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection, a presidential election, happens every four years, the judge noted.

Those types of cooperation agreements have cropped up in plea deals involving defendants accused of conspiring with other people to attack the Capitol.

Department of Justice A Facebook post from Jack Jesse Griffith aka Juan Bibiano, as it appears in charging papers. »

Shooting-Tears of joy as San Marino becomes smallest Olympic medal-winning nation

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July 29 (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 served up another slice of history on Thursday when San Marino became the least populated country to win an Olympic medal at the Summer or Winter Games.

Alessandra Perilli clinched bronze in the women’s trap shooting, becoming the first person to win an Olympic medal for the microstate of around 34,000 inhabitants.

San Marino replaced Bermuda as the record holder, two days after Flora Duffy won the island nation’s second medal, but first gold, in the women’s triathlon. »