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Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) [28 USC § 2401(b)] are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong [SCOTUSblog backgrounders], the justices ruled [AP … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases [JURIST report] concerning time bars for filing claims against the US government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) [28 USC § 2401(b)]. In United States v. Wong [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] petitions for panel and en banc rehearing of its decision upholding California's law [text, PDF] prohibiting licensed therapists from utilizing sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), also known as conversion therapy. The plaintiffs in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] California's law [SB 1172, PDF] prohibiting licensed therapists from counseling minors with the intent to convert their sexual orientation from gay to straight. Two federal judges have split on the issue, with one … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] regarding the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford [JURIST news archive] and his Ponzi scheme. Judge Robert Scola stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a suit by victims of the Bernie Madoff [JURIST news archive] Ponzi scheme against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. The Madoff victims had argued that the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday in Millbrook v. US [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) [28 USC § 1346] and exceptions [28 USC § 2680(h)] to it, waive the immunity of prison guards who commit intentional torts that are within … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Levin v. United States [JURIST report] that the intentional tort exception in the Gonzales Act [10 USC § 1089 text] does not immunize individual government medical personnel against battery suits. Thus, instead of suing the entire … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. The first, Levin v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] concerned whether the Gonzales Act [10 USC § 1089 text] properly immunizes government medical personnel against battery suits. The Gonzales Act allows … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Saturday signed into law [press release] a bill [SB 1172; Senate backgrounder, PDF] that bans therapy intended to change the sexual orientation of minors. California is the first state to pass a law banning this type of therapy. The bill was supported … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] added six cases [order list, PDF] to its docket on Monday, including a rare grant of certiorari in two pro se cases. In Levin v. United States [docket], the court will consider whether 10 USC § 1089 [text] properly immunizes government medical personnel … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The California State Assembly voted 51-21 on Tuesday to ban reparative therapy intended to change sexual orientation in minors. The bill [SB 1172, PDF], authored by state Senator Ted Lieu, seeks to provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from allegedly deceptive, harmful therapies, while also … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) [official websites]. In its … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Interior (DOI) [official website] alleging that the DOI arbitrarily decided only to allow Microsoft [corporate website] to compete for a contract to overhaul its e-mail system. According to the lawsuit, filed Friday in the … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Hui v. Castaneda [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that Public Health Service (PHS) officers or employees are immune from Bivens actions for harms arising out of constitutional violations committed while acting within the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, a legal adviser with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and co-founder and Associate Editor of Global Brief, Canada's first international affairs magazine, says that in order for the ICC to be fully effective in protecting human rights and bringing an … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2009
by Eszter Bardi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a $50 million lawsuit against the US for the 1998 executive order authorizing a missile strike against a Sudan pharmaceutical plant issued by former president Bill Clinton [official profile]. The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Human rights figures and political leaders around the world hailed Thursday's executive order [text; JURIST report] by US President Barack Obama closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive] detention facility. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Navi Pillay [official profile] welcomed the decision [statement; video] to close the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that a physician who was accused of writing illegal prescriptions could pursue claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution against the federal government. The court held Tuesday that a provision of the … [read more]

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