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Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Big Brothers) [official website] will pay $1.6 million as a result of accusations of false claims for Federal grants awarded from 2009-2011. The DOJ contends that Big Brothers failed to … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Friday, in three separate opinions, overturned several charges for three Pennsylvania State University [official website] administrators accused of playing a role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The defendants argued that a former lawyer of the university, Cynthia Baldwin, should … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US House of Representatives [official website] approved legislation [HR 3231] Monday that would expand rights of unpaid interns in the federal government. Currently, unpaid interns are not classified as employees, leaving them unprotected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act [text]. This bill only involves unpaid interns in the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Ugandan authorities are using intimidation and force against journalists, radio hosts and activists, limiting the possibilities that the upcoming presidential election in February is fair and unbiased, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [press release] Sunday. The report [text] claims that journalists have been suspended after … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Congress on Wednesday sent a bill [HR 3762] to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text] to President Barrack Obama [official profile]. The repeal bill is one of the first pieces of legislation against the ACA to reach Obama's desk in the past five years. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed numerous structures in residential areas that may amount to violations of international humanitarian law, according to a new briefing [report] published by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. In six attacks occurring between September and November … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Dec 2015
by James Tugee of University of Pittsburgh
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist James Tugee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the potential impact of major changes to foreign businesses registering in Kenya... Kenya enacted the Companies Act No. 17 of 2015 [PDF] on September 11, 2015, to replace the Companies Act Cap. 486 (1948) [PDF]. Among … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2015
by Robert I. Field of Drexel University Kline School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Field of the Drexel University Kline School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding the latest challenges to the Affordable Care Act ...The barrage of lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shows no signs of abating, even in the wake of two major US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill [press release] that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain New Jersey driver's licenses. The bill, considered by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee [official website], would allow such immigrants to get a license if they are able to satisfy [North … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Nanping Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Fujian found in favor [Xinhua report] of two environmental groups on Thursday under a new environmental law. The court ordered defendants to restore destroyed vegetation and pay compensation for the damage that resulted from of an illegal mining expansion. This was the first … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] an eminent domain action against the small coastal city of Margate, New Jersey. The residents of Margate have stalled attempts by Christie to construct protective sand dunes along the coast; which were proposed by the executive office … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a same-sex spouse is not entitled to his husband's full pension benefits in the event of death. John Walker worked for Innospec but retired in 2003, two years before same-sex civil partnerships were recognized in the UK. In … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights [official website] on Tuesday expressed deep concern [press release] over human rights abuses committed by the World Bank [official website], going as far as to call the World Bank a "human rights-free zone." Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston accused the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The EU has not done enough to address media abuses in Hungary, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] said in a report [materials] Tuesday. The international free press advocacy group stated in its report "Balancing Act" that, despite the EU's efforts to be a global leader in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist James G. Hodge, Jr. of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University discusses the significance of the outcome of Wollschlaeger II and its impact on the public's health... Without question significant access to guns and ammunition implicates major public health risks. There were 33,636 … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by William Hibbitts

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday invalidated [opinion] the copyright claim to the lyrics of the song "Happy Birthday." The court considered the question of whether Warner/Chapelle Music, inc. [corporate website], as the successors of Summy Co., had a … [read more]

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