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Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Washington state may force pharmacies to provide emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B. The decision overturns as 2012 ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law [text, PDF] requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Thursday dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring universal background checks for all gun transfers, including noncommercial, online or gun show sales. In November voters passed Initiative 594 [text, PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito [official profile] issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act [text]. The religious groups petitioned … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST [FAQ] was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2015. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [professional website], the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring … [read more]

21 Mar 2015

The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website] on Friday said it is considering appealing [press release] a ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website], which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance [PDF, Ordinance No. 49] that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2015
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on marriage for same-sex persons ... In Caspar v. Snyder, decided on January 15, 2015, Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday vetoed [text, pdf] gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS § 6120 [text] states "No county, municipality or township may in any … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Dec 2014
by Cliff H. Mason II of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, examines police procedure in the wake of several high profile police-involved deaths and discusses new qualifications aimed at raising the standards for police recruits...What if your grandfather was gunned down standing in his own garage? … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court [official website] on Monday refused to rule [order list, PDF] on a challenge to New York City Administrative Code § 20-816 [text, PDF], which requires non-profit crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff. The ordinance requires that pregnancy service … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) [advocacy website] filed a motion [text, PDF] Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper [news websites] asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] to unseal … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Alliance Defending Attorneys (ADF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday challenging [press release] a city of Pittsburgh ordinance [text, PDF] that creates numerous protest-free zones. The ordinance specifically states that one may not "knowingly congregate, patrol, picket or demonstrate in a zone extending 15 feet from any … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Jul 2014
by Renee Mattei Myers and Redeate Dessalegn of Eckert

JURIST Guest Columnists Renee Mattei Myers and Redeate Dessalegn of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC discuss the effect of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on employers and employees... In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court held the Department of Health … [read more]

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