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Legal News
2 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 days ago
by Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the tenth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Reyes discusses why warrantless searches of cell phones by the police may not be the best … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] struck down [press release, in Spanish] language in a Jalisco state law on Tuesday defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ruling effectively ends the same-sex marriage ban in one of the largest states in the country … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Monday in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [official website] in the case of FERC v. EPSA [SCOTUSblog materials], upholding a 2011 rule regulating the market for wholesale demand response. Demand response is a program in which … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected a bid to block [order, PDF] the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials]. A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit issued an order denying an application seeking to stay the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] may use a report [text, PDF] on menthol cigarettes. The tobacco companies argued [JURIST report] that the report was written by experts with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [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]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

UN human rights experts called [press release] Monday for a review of the UK's draft Investigatory Powers bill [text, PDF]. They fear that the present draft of the bill could threaten freedom of expression and association. The bill is intended to govern how UK authorities monitor suspects under surveillance. In … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] US-based tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo submitted evidence [text] on Friday of possible conflicts that may arise from the UK government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF]. Should the bill pass, tech companies would be required [Verge report] to perform bulk data collections of all user … [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 Shriram T. Eachambadi

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi [official website], a recent recipient of the prestigious European human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, has suffered fainting spells and deteriorating health [Sydney Morning Herald report] owing to the lengthy hunger strike he initiated more than 20 days ago. According to Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday issued an order [text, PDF] preserving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regulations [text, PDF] that limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision comes after the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated [text, PDF] a lower court ruling that found that a DC gun law requiring a concealed carry permit outside of the home may violate the Constitution. The appeals court found that the judge who … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC discusses how technology can help with disparities in justice...The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. This has major implications for how justice is defined. The rich can afford big law firm prices, while the poor can qualify for … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings were opened against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] on Wednesday for allegations of violating fiscal laws and manipulating finances. Rousseff's political enemy and speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Portuguese] accepted a request [JURIST report] from opposition lawyers to begin the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] filed a personal privacy violation complaint [text, PDF] on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] against Google [corporate website]. The complaint outlines that the default "sync" setting of Chromebooks [product website] sold to schools allows Google to track and maintain … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] unanimously on Tuesday that a Turkish court order blocking access to YouTube [media website] violated [press release, PDF] Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance imposed … [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]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday heard oral argument in a challenge to a Federal judge's authority to issue a ruling that struck down modifications to firearm possession laws in the District of Columbia. The attorney representing the District of … [read more]

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