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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]

Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Wednesday against Aereo [corporate website], an online service that streams and records publicly broadcast television programming without paying the broadcasters. In American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court held that Aereo performs petitioners' works publicly within … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that POM Wonderful can go ahead with a federal false advertising lawsuit under the Lanham Act [text]. Pom Wonderful sued Coca-Cola Co. [corporate websites] for allegedly deceiving consumers about the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether an Ohio law that imposes penalties for making knowingly false statements about political candidates violates the right to … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether a hedge fund could subpoena banks for information about Argentina's non-US assets following the country's default on … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Authors Guild [advocacy website] filed an appellate brief [text] on Friday, renewing its complaint that Google [corporate website] is violating copyright laws with its mass book digitization project. The brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website], claims that Google's "Library Project" … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday issued a unanimous ruling in Lexmark v. Static Control Components holding [opinion, PDF] that Static did not lack standing to assert a Lanham Act claim in defense of a copyright infringement action brought by Lexmark. The case revolved around the use … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh [official website] of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google [corporate website] for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege [Reuters report] that … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Mar 2014
by Joseph J. Vacek of University of North Dakota School of Aerospace Sciences

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph J. Vacek of the University of North Dakota School of Aerospace Sciences argues that the recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge of the NTSB that struck down the FAA's ban on the commercial use of drones for procedural reasons raises a larger issue concerning the … [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]

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