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HB2 Trial Will Start In November PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:40
The Raleigh News and Observer reports U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder scheduled the trial start for Nov. 14 in the HB2 challenge brought by six North Carolinians shortly after the law was adopted.
Five lawsuits have been filed in federal court over HB2, the law that requires transgender people to use publicly owned restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with the gender on their birth certificates instead of the gender with which they identify.
, Schroeder will hear arguments on whether to put the law on hold while the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and Jenner & Block law firm filed on behalf of three transgender residents, a lesbian N.C. Central University law professor and lesbian couple in Mecklenburg County.
During the full trial, the court will also consider challenges to sections of HB2 that prohibit local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:41
Federal Judge Will Hear HB2 Challenge In August PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:41
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments on Aug. 1 on whether to block provisions of House Bill 2.
The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Winston-Salem in one of four cases challenging HB2.
The law requires transgender people to use restrooms on government property that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. 
 The law also blocks local governments from passing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people that are more sweeping than state law.
Three transgender residents of North Carolina, a lesbian law professor at N.C. Central University and a lesbian couple in Charlotte filed a lawsuit quickly after the law was adopted, claiming it violates the federal gender equity law. They have legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and Jenner and Block law firm.
Advocates of HB2 have described the law as one that promotes privacy and security.
The U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina over the law, describing it as a violation of equal employment and gender equity laws. Earlier this month, attorneys representing the government made a similar request to Schroeder, asking him to block HB2 while the case pends.
68 Companies Join Legal Fight Against HB2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:57
American Airlines, Microsoft and Marriott are among 68 companies that signed an amicus brief in the lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2.
The brief was filed on behalf of Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT advocacy group that is leading opposition to the law. The brief will be filed in the lawsuit currently pending between state leaders and the U.S. Department of Justice, which is trying to strike down the law as discriminatory.
Other companies that signed the brief include: Apple, Bloomberg, Capital One, General Electric, IBM, Nike, Morgan Stanley, PayPal, Dow Chemical and Red Hat.
Late Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office issued a statement criticizing the companies’ involvement with the lawsuit.
“North Carolina law protects the long-held expectations of privacy for women and children in government facilities, schools, and highway rest stops, while providing accommodations for special circumstances,” general counsel Bob Stephens said.
“It’s disappointing that some companies are joining the Obama administration’s position which jeopardizes those long-held expectations of privacy. Those corporations that have joined the left-wing HRC are ignoring the fact that they operate in 22 other states, which like North Carolina, are challenging the federal government’s overreach.”
Feds Pick Charlotte As Non-Stop Destination To Cuba PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:39
Charlotte is one of 10 U.S. cities that could get nonstop flights to Havana, Cuba, under plans announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The other cities are: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, Orlando, and Tampa.
American Airlines, the largest airline at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is among those the DOT picked.  
Service would start as early as this fall. The U.S. is in the midst of normalizing relations with Cuba, which were severed in 1961. 
The USDOT said a dozen U.S. airlines applied to operate passenger and cargo service to Havana. Altogether, they've proposed 60 daily flights, which is more than the 20 flights agreed upon in talks between Washington and Havana.
Other airlines the DOT selected for tentative service are: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. 

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