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Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [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]


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]


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]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] President Obama, on Sunday, ordered an assessment of whether intelligence reports from US Central Command (Centcom) [official website] were changed by supervisory military personnel before formal submission to present a more optimistic picture of the American military campaign against the Islamic State (IS). Over the last few weeks, the … [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 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Five judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] issued an opinion [order, PDF] stating that the circuit's decision to uphold the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text] was "clearly and gravely wrong." The federal government argues that if the religious … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California on Tuesday agreed [settlement, PDF] to restrict its controversial practices of solitary confinement. The class action lawsuit was brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website], which alleged that approximately 3,000 prisoners were kept in isolated conditions in which they were alone for 22 hours a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that employers may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception for moral reasons, rather than restricting the ability to refuse to those with religious objections. The case was brought by an anti-abortion group called … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]


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
edited by Cassandra Baubie

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]


Features
21 Mar 2015
by Sarah Steers

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]

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