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Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine the requirements of the Truth in Lending Act [15 USC § 1635]. The Jesinoskis refinanced their house with Countrywide Home Loans in 2007, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted the first two cases [order list, PDF] of the 2013 term on Tuesday, including one on campaign finance [JURIST backgrounder]. In McCutcheon v. FEC [notice of appeal, PDF; case materials] the court will consider whether the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) [text] … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday refused the request for a stay in Hedges v. Obama [docket; JURIST report] that would have temporarily blocked enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) [text, PDF]. A group of reporters and advocates filed [JURIST report] an … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday extended a stay [opinion, PDF] on a lower court order that barred enforcement of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. The Second Circuit's order allows certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act … [read more]


Professional Commentary
27 Sep 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, argues that the new wave of lawsuits regarding the NDAA stem from the poor detention policies of the US...This week, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will consider whether to stay US District Judge Katherine … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Judge Raymond Lohier of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered a stay [order, PDF] of a permanent injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that blocked portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [text, PDF], allowing for their enforcement pending appeal. The … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Monday filed a motion for an emergency stay [text] in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] in an attempt to lift last week's permanent injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] of portions of the National Defense Authorization … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Friday filed an appeal of this week's order by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] that permanently enjoined [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] a law allowing US authorities to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of having … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday permanently enjoined [opinion, PDF] a US law that allows authorities to detain certain suspects indefinitely if they are found to have aided al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces." Section 1021(b)(2) … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School says that the government's unwillingness to clearly define which activities would make someone a 'covered person' under section 1021 of the NDAA likely resulted in a US District Court ruling that the section was unconstitutional...The case of Hedges v. … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors on Friday asked Judge Katherine Forrest of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to lift an injunction [opinion, PDF] she placed earlier this month on sections of the National Defense Authorization Act [text, PDF] that allow for the indefinite military … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Oct 2011

Andrew Cali-Vasquez, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the sixth article in a ten part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development under the direction of Professor Leonard Baynes. Andrew writes on credit default swap position limits … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A series of interviews with US veterans of the Iraq war shows a pattern of systematic human rights abuses, according to a new report [text] in The Nation [media website]. The magazine calls the investigation, which yielded thousands of pages of typed testimony, "the first time so many on-the-record, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a lawsuit Tuesday to prevent two members of the Missouri Public Service Commission [official website] from gathering information about whether Missouri consumers' telephone records were released to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] in connection with its domestic surveillance … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] USA Today reported [USA Today article] Friday that its inside sources at BellSouth and Verizon are unable to "document a contractual relationship" between the two phone companies and the National Security Agency, or document that "the companies turned over bulk calling records" for the alleged NSA phone records database … [read more]

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