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Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] may use a report [text, PDF] on menthol cigarettes. The tobacco companies argued [JURIST report] that the report was written by experts with … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Germany's Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that a Facebook [corporate website] feature is unlawful. Confirming two lower court decisions, the court ruled that Facebook's "friend finder" feature constitutes advertising harassment. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 when the Federation of German … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [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]


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

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The company that manufactures American Spirit [corporate website] cigarettes is the subject of a new class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF]. The lawsuit, filed by a Florida law firm Wednesday against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and its parent company Reynolds American, Inc. [corporate websites], claims that the company's marketing … [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
5 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Easter District of New York [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Long Island town's law preventing day laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. In ruling, Judge Denis Hurley stated, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Google filed a response Thursday to the European Commission (EC) [official website], rejecting EU antitrust charges that Google structures its search results to favor its own services over those of rivals. The EU's investigation [press release] of Google over various antitrust violations has been ongoing since 2010. The EU … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] announced on Wednesday that it plans [press release] to fine AT&T Mobile [corporate website] 100 million dollars for their actions in slowing internet speeds after "unlimited data" users reached a certain limit. The FCC claims that AT&T slowed down internet speeds for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] announced Tuesday that food manufacturers will be given three years to remove all partially hydrogenated oils [press release] (PHOs), the main ingredient in artificial trans fat, saying they are no longer "generally recognized as safe." After June 18, 2018 no … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday will hear oral arguments [hearing list, PDF] for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who … [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
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law [text] states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must … [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
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]


Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] denied [order, PDF] on Monday a request by Citizens United [advocacy website] for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law [text]. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns out, … [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]

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