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Legal News
11 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Scotland banned the growing [press release] of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in an effort to preserve its "clean, green status" announced Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead [official profile] on Sunday. The government seeks to use the recent European Union (EU) [official website] rules [EPN report, JURIST report] which allowed … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Mary Ellen Signorille and Kate T. Robinson of AARP Foundation Litigation discuss the implications of the US Supreme Court's future ruling in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance...Every RISA-covered employee benefit plan must establish a process for internal appeals of adverse benefit determinations. Whenever a plan administrator rejects … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane, of the Syracuse University College of Law, argues that the world should remember the 1930's in crafting a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria ...Appeasement in the face of tyranny never works. Consider the 1930's, when the international community, (and a spineless League of … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Lawsuits challenging the enforcement of ACA have argued that the law violates various portions of the Constitution, most notably the Commerce Clause (Art. 1, Section 8, Clause 3), the Tax and Spending Clause (Art. 1, Section 8, Clause 8), the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, clause 2), and the Tenth Amendment. … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

The withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq was a complicated issue for both the Iraqi and US governments. The long, unpopular Iraq War drew sharp domestic criticism in the US — leading to legislative and legal efforts to force the end of the conflict. In Iraq, the new government … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Newton, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the fifteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He argues that state legislatures should enact laws to compel prison officials and … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathryn Young, University of Virginia School of Law Class of 2013, argues that gambling can effectively increase states' revenue and should be viewed outside of its negative connotations...The recent New Jersey law [PDF] condoning sports betting at the state's casinos and racetracks has sparked much debate about … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law examines the role of Alternate Judge El Hadji Malick Sow in Charles Taylor's trial and recent conviction and discusses the implications of Sow's decision to publicly disagree with the unanimous verdict issued by the Special Court for … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond Gilpin, Director of the Center for Sustainable Economies at the United States Institute of Peace, says that the UN piracy resolution will only have a meaningful impact on ending maritime crime if it is complementary, coordinated and comprehensive...Maritime insecurity in the Horn of Africa has attracted … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling invalidating the Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act [Act 105 text], which prohibited the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] from providing transgender inmates with hormone treatment. The district … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion text] Thursday that a state ban on online gambling [text] is constitutional. Washington resident Lee Rousso gambled online in the past and wanted to continue doing so, arguing that a new statewide ban on online gambling violates the Dormant Commerce Clause, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Apr 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Sanford of the University of Washington School of Law says that although challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are valuable for inspiring dialogue within and outside the legal community, they are unlikely to succeed in the face of decades of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Jun 2009

Robert Applebaum [Founder & Executive Director of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com]: "The US Supreme Court has recently granted certiorari to United Student Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, agreeing to consider whether student loans may be discharged in bankruptcy under the limited circumstances wherein the creditor fails to object to a discharge plan which includes … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Apr 2008

Aleksandar Momirov [lecturer, Erasmus University]: "In what has been perceived as an astonishing judgment by many, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Ramush Haradinaj and Idriz Balaj of all charges, while finding the third co-accused in the Haradinaj et al. case, Lahi … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Jan 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist David Scheffer, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), now at Northwestern University School of Law, says that a US troop surge in Iraq could provoke the very atrocities its supporters claim it would prevent, and that a better strategy for saving the lives … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that the 24-year prison sentence handed down for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling leaves us all disappointed, not necessarily in the sentence, but in the corporate conduct that led to Enron's collapse and the huge losses that … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] US President Bush on Friday signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 [HR 4411 summary; JURIST report], a bill attached to a larger port security measure [Reuters report] late last month by Congress, making it illegal for banks or credit card companies to process transactions involving Internet … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] BetOnSports PLC [corporate profile] and its chief executive are among four corporations and 11 individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud for allegedly accepting illegal sports bets online. The indictment, returned on June 1 but only unsealed Monday, also … [read more]

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