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Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] announced Tuesday that food manufacturers will be given three years to remove all partially hydrogenated oils [press release] (PHOs), the main ingredient in artificial trans fat, saying they are no longer "generally recognized as safe." After June 18, 2018 no … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The lower house of the Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], Spain's national legislative body, overwhelmingly approved a law [text, PDF, in Spanish] Wednesday recognizing the abdication of King Juan Carlos and allowing for his son Prince Felipe [BBC profiles] to take his place. Following Juan Carlos's abdication on … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Spanish government on Tuesday approved [press release] a draft constitutional law that will facilitate the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. Spain's Council of Ministers submitted the proposed law to parliament, requesting that the House and Senate vote quickly on whether to make the draft part of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, argues that regime change in Syria will represent a profound geopolitical shift...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Senate of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday voted to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] on charges of violating the constitution through failure to declare his assets in a sworn statement. Renato was impeached on eight charges [JURIST report], but only one issue was brought to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino [BBC profile] called for public support Thursday to encourage impeachment proceedings against Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile]. Aquino warned that the fight against corruption depended on the result [AFP report] of the impeachment. Aquino invoked the "people power" revolution, which gives Filipinos the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Philippine Senate [official website] on Monday began the impeachment trial [press release] of Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] for violating the constitution and the public trust in connection with the trial of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who originally appointed Corona to … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A Philippines senior official was arrested on Tuesday amidst allegations that he was involved in illegal activities in connection with the 2007 congressional elections on the island of Mindanao. Former chief election official, Benjamin Abalos, surrendered and was taken into custody [NYT report] at a courthouse in the city … [read more]

Legal News
12 Dec 2011
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Philippine Congress voted Monday to impeach [press release] Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] for violating the constitution and the public trust in connection with the trial of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who originally appointed Corona to the Supreme Court. The impeachment … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The corruption trial of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was postponed Friday for health reasons. Sanader has suffered from coronary problems and is expected to undergo a medical examination [BBC report] in preparation for trial now scheduled to start next week. Sanader, who was elected to parliament after … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 May 2009

Audrey Silk [Founder, New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment]: "The DC Circuit Court of Appeals affirmation of most of District Court Judge Gladys Kessler's ruling in the case of US v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et. al. [PDF file] upholds ramifications that extend beyond the borders of the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
27 May 2009

J.B. Harris [Managing Partner, The Law Offices of J.B. Harris, P.A.]: "On May 22, 2009, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in large part one of the most damning verdicts ever rendered against the tobacco industry. US v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et. al. [PDF file]. Upholding the liability … [read more]

Professional Commentary
20 May 2009

Charles N. Davis [Executive Director, National Freedom of Information Coalition]: "The May 19 federal appellate court decision finding that the White House's Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act is an act of legal finery in bad need of a legislative fix.Indeed, the court's decision … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in federal court Monday challenging a Tennessee state law that requires convicted felons to pay "all outstanding legal financial obligations" before their voting rights are restored. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of three convicted felons who … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The trial of Rod Coronado [defense website], an environmental and animal rights activist charged [US DOJ press release, PDF] with one count of distributing information on explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction, began in California Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that in 2003 Coronado told an audience in … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A jury in California could not reach a decision on the third of a series of questions on a verdict form in the consolidated cases of two men who blamed their heart attacks on the painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive], leading Judge Victoria Chaney [FindLaw profile] of the Superior … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2005

In a JURIST Forum special, JURIST Contributing Editor William G. Ross, Professor of Law at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Alabama, reviews the first day of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts, and wonders about the baseball metaphor chosen by the nominee … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Anglican cleric Father Paul Williamson filed a last-minute legal objection to the marriage of Prince Charles [official website] to Camilla Parker Bowles [official website] at the civic offices in Windsor Saturday just before the couple's civil marriage ceremony [British monarchy wedding notice; official royal wedding press pack] in the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2004
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, Dow Jones & Co. has settled a defamation suit with Australian mining magnate Joe Gutnick. The suit arose out of an online publication of a story which portrayed Gutnick as a schemer given to fraud. This is considered a groundmaking case in … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2004
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A military lawyer has recommended that a Navy SEAL accused of abusing prisoners in Iraq should not be court-martialed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday. The lawyer instead recommended a nonjudicial punishment for the SEAL. The decision on whether to prosecute rests with the commander of the unit at … [read more]

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