Grammatically speaking, the whole "sentence" looks a bit sloppy to me.
There's a straightforward sentence that should terminate with a full stop after "issues". That's followed by another sentence which, stripped of the irrelevant extra words, would be...
This time around those [major issues] include the case about [whatever it's about].
In short, the subject of the clause/sentence is "that" (but it should have been "those" anyway, because it refers back to "major issues"), and the verb is "includes" (but it should have been third-person-plural "include").