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Legal News
2 days ago
by Miracle Jones

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said Wednesday that it would explore legal action [press release] to keep the Ferguson City Council [official site] from making changes to an agreement to reform its police department and municipal operations. The announcement came after the the city council in Ferguson, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST]The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday heard [day call] the cases of Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods and Heffernan v. City of Paterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounders]. In Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods [argument transcript] the Court will examine whether the citizenship of a trust for purposes of diversity … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Three book authors and their advocacy organization, the Authors Guild [advocacy website], challenged Google's massive book-copying and search project before the US Supreme Court [official website]. The petition [PDF] alleges that Google, in cooperation with various university libraries, took essentially all the books off shelves and scanned them rather than … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged both parties to the Burundian conflict yesterday upon the resumption of talks [UN report] between Burundian stakeholders that continued dialogue between the parties is needed to prevent a relapse into the decades of civil war. Recent violence stemming from … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] in an opinion [text, pdf] made public on Tuesday, decided that two shareholder class actions against Facebook Inc. [corporate website], alleging that the company hid concerns about its growth, could proceed. The shareholders allege [Reuters report] … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2015
by Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

District Judge Edward Chen [official profile] for the Northern District of California [official website] last Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's policy for reimbursing out-of-state hospitals that care for California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients is unconstitutional. Hospitals in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona sued the California Department of Health Care Services [official … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court in Japan lifted an injunction on Thursday against allowing two nuclear reactors to reopen. Japan ordered closed all of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011. A group of residents filed an injunction to keep the nuclear reactors closed [JURIST report] in Takahama … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [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
1 Dec 2015
by Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses the recent Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act...Over the past few years, Congress made many attempts to pass cyber threat data sharing legislation. Until this year, these prior attempts had all been unsuccessful. However, in April … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Stockholm's district court on Friday, ruled against [press release, in Swedish] forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer, a file sharing and streaming website, respectively. The plaintiffs, Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, filed suit against Bredbandsbolaget, the second … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2015
by Xiaoying Zhang of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Xiaoying Zhang of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law discusses how patent ownership disclosure should be regulated... On June 4, 2013, the White House issued five executive actions designed to increase the transparency of the patent system, ensure the highest-quality patents, reduce abusive patent litigation and … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US regulators on Tuesday imposed a fine of up to $200 million on auto part manufacturer Takata [corporate website] for failing to disclose the defect of millions of their airbags to regulators in a timely manner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] levied a base fine … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Lockhart v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the mandatory minimum for a child pornography sentence, as found in 18 USC § 2252(b)(2) [text], applies when the … [read more]

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