Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Move May Signal End Of HB2 Lawsuits…

Excerpt By: Carolina Journal. Written By: Dan Way.

As attorney general, Roy Cooper refused to defend North Carolina in a lawsuit challenging House Bill 2. He used the so-called bathroom law passed by the General Assembly as a rhetorical weapon in his successful campaign against incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

As governor, Cooper may soon find the legal tables turned on him.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has backed away from pursuing a Texas lawsuit involving the issues of transgender rights surrounding the H.B. 2 controversy. The move prompted Campbell University law professor Greg Wallace to project that Sessions might abandon the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom lawsuit against North Carolina. If so, a separate sex-discrimination lawsuit against the University of North Carolina may fail as well.

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On Friday, Sessions’ Justice Department, along with 13 states that last fall sued the Obama administration over a civil-rights dispute involving transgender persons, asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to cancel oral arguments. The request came immediately after the new attorney general withdrew a motion from the Obama DOJ last year limiting the scope of the lawsuit.

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