consent decree


Definition of consent decree 

: a judicial decree that sanctions a voluntary agreement between parties in dispute

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Simultaneously, activists in Washington, DC are urging the Federal Trade Commission to examine whether the company is in breach of its 2011 consent decree with the agency. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions," 20 Aug. 2018 At issue is a recent request by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, whose lawsuit against DCFS led to the 1991 consent decree, for a magistrate judge with decision-making authority to sort out differences between the parties. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Rauner campaign doubles down on Pritzker 'plumbing' attack," 21 June 2018 Facebook's 2011 consent decree with a federal agency hasn't prevented subsequent privacy problems. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "TED 2018 Is All About Facebook–and Not in a Good Way," 12 Apr. 2018 Among the thorny issues facing Facebook is its 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. and British lawmakers demand answers from Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg," 18 Mar. 2018 Christy Lopez, a professor at Georgetown University, discusses a new study that contests attorney general Jeff Sessions’ views on consent decrees for city police departments., "New Study Shows Effectiveness of Consent Decrees (Audio)," 25 May 2017 William Pauley III said overseeing such a settlement, known as a consent decree, wasn’t the proper role of the court. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Federal Judge Scotches Deal Over Conditions in City’s Public Housing," 14 Nov. 2018 So, in the previous case, which was similar to the Comcast/NBC one, there was a consent decree, it’s still enforced. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim talks antitrust on Recode Decode," 1 Sep. 2018 In 2017, the department entered a consent decree with the federal government requiring the police department to enact a series of sweeping police reforms. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The latest viral video of Baltimore police shows that the department’s reform efforts have a long way to go.," 13 Aug. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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