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This Week in Law: Qualcomm and More


Qualcomm’s Disastrous Ruling to Impact Smartphone Industry

Qualcomm faces long-lasting changes after investigators found the tech giant charging significant fees to license and use the company’s technology. The ruling will reduce the costs associated with smartphones.

The company charged for basic functions, including connecting to the Internet and also placing calls.

The judge ruled against the company, claiming that their licensing practices have caused significant harm to competition. Qualcomm makes billions of dollars from earning a percentage of every smartphone sale for features and functions that are basic.

The company claims that they will appeal the verdict.

Trump Introduces Merit-Based Immigration

President Donald Trump outlined a merit-based immigration program in May. He claims this will “put jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.” The plan does not address the millions of illegal immigrants in the country and other key issues that Trump has made a key portion of his presidency.

The plan limits the number of potential green card holders, but it keeps immigration at similar levels as today.

The plan will keep low-wage jobs away from immigrants. Currently, it is aimed at attracting the brightest talent to the United States. The asylum system would remain, but the new plan will place limits on the system. Trump insists that his plan will have clearer requirements. However, he has yet to outline how the requirements will be clearer.

Spouses and fiancés are facing additional immigration hurdles, as USCIS offices close overseas.

“Francis Cissna, the director of the USCIS, emailed USCIS staff in March to inform them that the agency was planning to close its overseas offices. The agency plans to reallocate the resources that it has located in other countries to its domestic offices. Cissna also reportedly told senior staffers that the international division would be entirely closed by the end of 2019,” explains The Shapiro Law Group.

First Step Act Becomes Law

The First Step Act has gone from common practice to law this week. The law requires that pregnant people not be shackled in prison. However, the Federal Bureau of Prisons stopped restraining pregnant people in 2008.

The law comes after a study in 2011 found that restraints have a negative impact on delivery and fetal care.

Legal experts claim that the new law does too little to create a major change for pregnant women in prison. Instead, the new change just makes the practice of not restraining pregnant women law after it’s been practiced for over a decade.