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Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure [text, PDF] in March 2014. This measure was created to … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Hungary must end its crackdown of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] in a new report [text, PDF] Monday. The report claims that the Hungarian government has engaged in "public smearing, criminal investigations, office raids and the seizure of equipment, and a politically … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Facebook failed in its attempt to dismiss [order, PDF] a lawsuit that claims it scans users' private messages for the names of websites and adds "likes" for the users to each website for targeted advertising purposes. The original lawsuit [complaint] was filed in December 2013 in the US District … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of California gun dealers filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in federal court Monday challenging a state law that limits their right to advertise. According to California Penal Code section 26820 [text] it is unlawful for a gun dealer to display an advertisement outside of its store windows. … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban [BBC profile] on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote [Guardian report] on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] filed a lawsuit [press release] against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] in … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] on Tuesday called for strict regulation [text, PDF] of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states [NYT … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida [official website] on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. [corporate website], awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Mar 2014
by Shanshan Liu of American University Washington College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Shanshan Liu, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2015 explores the legal analysis surrounding current antitrust litigation in regards to online search engines and monopolization...The field of antitrust litigation has focused on the settlement between the world's largest search engine, Google Inc. (Google) and the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ronald Sievert of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in national security and international law argues that when weighed against the minimal privacy interests impacted, government metadata surveillance programs produce a net gain … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal law [text] that prohibits corporate and campaign advertising on public radio and television. In a 9-2 ruling the court held that such advertisements threatened the educational missions of public media, and … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations [text] to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol, or any flavored cigarettes which could be considered "gimmicks." An EU press release [text] outlined the changes, which include graphic warnings that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A superior court judge in California ruled [decision, PDF] Tuesday that a class of plaintiffs cannot recover any money against the tobacco company Philip Morris USA [corporate website]. The plaintiffs in the case argued [PM press release] that Philip Morris violated California's false advertising laws by using the terms … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] State secretary at the Justice Ministry of Hungary Robert Repassy announced on Thursday that the government is proposing new constitutional amendments to reduce criticism over its 2012 constitutional amendments [BBC backgrounder]. Repassy stated that the amendments would contain [AP report] new rules on the recognition of religious groups, as … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday reversed [judgment, PDF] a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2003 law [text, PDF] regulating the promotion of tobacco products. The 2003 law requires shops that sell tobacco to display health warnings and limit the size of advertisements. … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), also known as the McCain-Feingold Act, is a federal law that amended FECA, changing the nature of campaign finance, specifically in the realm of soft money. FECA had previously been amended to limit individual contributions and expenditures by individuals and groups. As … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

In addition to the legislative acts highlighted above, the Taft-Hartley Act was adopted over the veto of US President Harry S. Truman in 1947. The law was aimed at curtailing the political actions and influence of labor unions in US federal elections. Specifically, the Act amended the National Labor Relations … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in one new case [order list, PDF] on Monday. In DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg held Monday in a 9-8 vote [judgment; press release, PDF] that a ban on an advertisement by an animal rights group did not violate freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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