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5 Dec 2015
by Kristen Kakascik

States are having a difficult time passing proposed legislation requiring manufacturers to label products containing GMOs. There is an outcry from the food producing industry to stop the implementation of laws that require GMOs to be labeled. Manufacturers throughout the country are outwardly against legislation requiring GMOs to be … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company [transcript, PDF] to determine whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official backgrounder] preempts a Vermont statute in setting minimum standards for employee health care services. The US Court … [read more]

18 Nov 2015
by Alexander Figuly

Laws requiring the labeling of food products created from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been an important topic of discussion to individuals in the health and food industry for nearly as long as GMOs have existed. However, despite the attention GMOs have received both historically and in recent years, there … [read more]

15 Nov 2015
by Cristina Correnti

The term "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs) describes food with genetic material that has been manipulated through genetic engineering. This process isolates desirable genes from certain species and inserts them into another, creating plants that may look like traditionally bred species but have added characteristics that do not occur naturally. The … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] legislation [text] that provides terminally ill patients the right to die. Brown stated, "[t]he crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist James G. Hodge, Jr. of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University discusses the significance of the outcome of Wollschlaeger II and its impact on the public's health... Without question significant access to guns and ammunition implicates major public health risks. There were 33,636 … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The California State Legislature [official website] on Friday approved the End of Life Option Act [ABX2-15] by a vote of 23-14. The measure would allow doctors to provide terminally ill patients with and aid-in-dying drug that a patient takes with the purpose of ending his or her own life. … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Monday stayed an order from the Rajasthan High Court [official website] that would have made the practice of Santhara [Hindustan Times report], or voluntarily fasting to death practiced by the Jains [BBC backgrounder], a crime. The Rajasthan High Court said that there … [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
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a French court's decision allowing Vincent Lambert the right to die, stating it did not violate article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert was in a car accident seven years ago … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 May 2015
by Allen Rostron of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [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]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]

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