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Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Dutch Council of State [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] more cuts in gas production. The court came to this decision after stronger and more frequent earthquakes occurred in the Netherlands as a result of extraction. The Groningen [BBC backgrounder], the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, pdf] on Wednesday prohibiting the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official websites] from enforcing regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing, also knows as "fracking." The … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Netherlands court ruled on Wednesday that a Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil joint venture must pay homeowners for property damage caused by gas drilling related earthquakes. The Dutch Safety Board [official website] has warned [Reuters report] several times in the past few years that natural gas production … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Scotland banned the growing [press release] of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in an effort to preserve its "clean, green status" announced Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead [official profile] on Sunday. The government seeks to use the recent European Union (EU) [official website] rules [EPN report, JURIST report] which allowed … [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
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Mexican Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress [AP report] 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peña … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Kingdom Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Thursday in favor of The Guardian [official website], deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Maryland's House of Delegates [official website] approved [legislative materials] a bill [HB449 text, PDF] Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott [official website], won a contentious judgment [text, PDF] in the UK High Court [official website] on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing [official website] told the Scottish parliament [statement] that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate the effects of the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission [official website], concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up [press release] by Prime Minister David Cameron [official website], recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to decide Scotland's … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation [BBC report], where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK [advocacy websites] in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament [official website] unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum [JURIST report]. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Cortes Generales [official website, in Spanish], the bicameral parliament of Spain, on Thursday rejected [official press release, in Spanish] a proposed referendum that would have allowed the Catalonia region [official website] to vote on whether the autonomous community should become an independent state or remain a part of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF], in a 105 to 18 vote [minutes, text]. The final vote in favor of the bill came after a detailed consideration of the bill by parliamentary committees. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Thursday struck down [press release, PDF] The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act of 2013 [text, PDF], which allowed same-sex couples to marry within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The court ruled by unanimous decision that the act cannot operate concurrently with … [read more]

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