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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]


Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [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
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] French officials on Tuesday ordered the trial of two senior executives for Uber Technologies [official website] on allegations of maintaining an illegal taxi service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal [LinkedIn profiles], general managers for Western Europe and France respectively, were detained on Monday for alleged violations of a French … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case that deals with the rights of small-business-owning veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website]. In 2006, Congress passed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The California Labor Commission [official website] has ruled that drivers for the personal transportation service Uber [official website] are considered employees, not contractors. The ruling, which was handed down on June 3, only became known to the public [Reuters report] on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in state court … [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
5 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A top EU legal adviser stated [opinion] on Thursday that unemployed EU migrants are not automatically entitled to social benefits during their first three months in a different EU country. The recommendation came from the advocate general of the Court of Justice [official website]. Germany had asked the court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marriage is the case of Constitution, tradition and time. We witnessed during the oral arguments … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 May 2015
by Caroline Mala Corbin of University of Miami School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a substantial burden on religious … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 May 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh their implications carefully and reconsider their opposition to … [read more]


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

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
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun [media website] calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Iran on Thursday agreed in principle to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) [press release], creating significant restrictions on its nuclear program for at least a decade in return for a reduction of international economic sanctions. Just three days after the self-imposed deadline [JURIST report] for a preliminary … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by Roxane Peyser of Law Office of Roxane Peyser

JURIST Guest Columnist Roxane Peyser of the Law Office of Roxane Peyser in Lyons, Colorado discusses the issues in question concerning challenges to Colorado's legalization of marijuana...The requirement that a plaintiff have standing is derived from Article III of the Constitution, limiting federal courts to adjudicate actual cases and controversies. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An Argentinian appeals court on Thursday dismissed charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [BBC profile] for conspiring to insulate Iranian officials' from prosecution over their alleged participation in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The charges were filed by prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US military on Wednesday charged [official website] former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably … [read more]

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