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Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Jul 2015
by Christopher M. Kieser of Pacific Legal Foundation

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian Hodges and Christopher Kieser discuss the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Horne v. Department of Agriculture...On June 22 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled [PDF] in favor of Fresno-area raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, concluding that a program requiring raisin … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [SCOTUSblog materials] that a program requiring California raisin growers to hand over a percentage of their harvest to the government violated the takings clause [LII backgrounder] of the Fifth Amendment. Under regulations citing … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [transcript, PDF] over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Apr 2015
by Griffen Thorne of Loyola University Chicago School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 [PDF] ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions throughout the State and which will remain … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. The report [press release] states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact [text, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed Friday to rule on same-sex marriage, granting certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court consolidated appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld bans [JURIST report] in those states. The court … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Tuesday approved legislation [press release] that gives governments increased power in deciding whether to "restrict or ban the cultivation of" genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new legislation has come "in response to Europeans' growing concerns about GMOs," and is aimed at "further reducing … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit [brief, PDF] on Thursday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] accusing the group of failing to comply with a court order to strengthen storm drain pollution regulation. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) [advocacy websites] … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] European Union [official website] politicians on Tuesday approved [press release] a plan [EU backgrounder] allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule [text] can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105 [text, PDF], a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed [Reuters report]. Supporters of the measure argued [Denver … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) [official website] is looking to modify H.B.No.490 bill [text, pdf], a water quality and agriculture-related bill that is currently pending in the state legislature. As stated in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission's bill analysis [text, pdf], one of the main provisions of the bill … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment [text; PDF] to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and state … [read more]

Legal News
10 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] a bill [HB 112 materials], requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) [FDA backgrounder]. This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Ristino of the Vermont Law School argues that an array of environmental, economic and political factors have broken down the traditional coalition behind the farm bills' passage in the past, but in its wake shifting policy objectives and broader interest in the bill have emerged that … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] signed into law [press release] on Friday a $956 billion farm bill [text, PDF] providing expanded crop insurance and other benefits for the agricultural sector. The bill passed the Senate [New York Times report] last week with a bipartisan vote. Beyond expanding federal … [read more]

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