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Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The National Executive Board of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) [official website] on Monday voted [press release] to amend its leadership policy to effectively allow openly gay individuals to serve as leaders and employees of the organization. The organization clarified that adult leaders could still be chosen based on … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a $5.1 million fraud judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan [corporate website] (BCBSM). Hi-Lex [corporate website], a car parts manufacturer, sued BCBSM for carrying on in bad faith regarding its Administrative … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [text, PDF] on Saturday that the federal government plans to give married same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples when filing for bankruptcy, testifying in court or visiting family members in prison. These benefits would allow same-sex couples to be … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday issued an order [order, PDF] enjoining the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [official website] from requiring that the Little Sisters, a Roman Catholic order, fill out a formal government document in order to secure exemption from the Patient … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] approved a deal on Wednesday between the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] and JPMorgan Chase [corporate website] to settle the criminal charges of failure to report … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] entered into a deferred prosecution agreement [text, PDF] with JP Morgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] on Tuesday, which stipulates the bank will pay $1.7 billion to the US government for its role in the Bernard … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Obama administration announced [press release] Monday that the Social Security Administration (SSA) [official website] will begin processing payments to surviving spouses of same-sex married couples [JURIST backgrounder]. In a brief statement, Press Officer LaVenia LaVelle said, "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Department of Education [official website] announced [press release] on Friday that for the purposes of applying for and receiving federal student financial aid, the federal government will now recognize all legal same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder]. In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling in US v. Windsor … [read more]

4 Oct 2013

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has developed since it first passed in 1974. Some of the most pressing and evolving issues today pertain to marriage statuses under ERISA, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, if any, on ERISA and the several ongoing litigations pertaining to the intricacies … [read more]

4 Oct 2013

At the height of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Roosevelt requested legislation to aid Americans in times of economic need. On August 14, 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The original Act provided benefits to workers upon retirement at age 65, and based the amount on … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Department of Labor (DOL) [official website] on Wednesday issued guidance [text] explaining that all legally married same-sex spouses in the US can now participate in employee benefit plans overseen by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) [official website]. The guidance states that the terms "spouse" and "marriage" … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday has again stopped the government from enforcing a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] passed last year. The law was also suspended for 120 days [JURIST report] in October so the court could consider the civil liberty implications of the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve [official websites] are expected next week to issue a cease-and-desist order to JPMorgan Chase & Co. [official website] to improve its systems and procedures for monitoring transactions and risk. While It is not yet expected that … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Philippine House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III [House profile] announced [Philippine Daily Inquirer report] on Friday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official website] had quietly signed into law on the 21st of December a bill which will make contraception, birth control, sexual education, and maternal care universally available … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that HSBC Holdings [corporate website], one of the world's largest banking institutions based in the UK, and HSBC Bank USA [corporate websites], a federally chartered banking corporation based in Virginia, have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth S. Gallant of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law says that the incidences of documented and alleged child abuse by scoutmasters in the Boy Scouts of America provide a vivid illustration of why some conflict of laws doctrines are … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday supended a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] that became effective last week. The suspension [AP report] will be for 120 days while the court considers whether provisions of the law violate civil liberties. With the suspension, the court also … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official profile] on Wednesday signed a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF; press release] to prevent various electronic offenses including forgery, fraud, identity theft and child pornography. The new crimes are grouped into two sections: Internet Crimes and Commercial Crimes. "Among the punishable acts under … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Two suspected war criminals have been arrested in Canada after the federal government announced Thursday it would seek the aid of its citizens in tracking down 30 individuals suspected of war crimes or crimes against humanity. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason … [read more]

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