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Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Oct 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court ACA decision on the Marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion. She argues that the Court's decision in King v. Burwell not only averted the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday ruled [judgement] in favor of Ecuadorian villagers seeking to enforce a multi-billion dollar judgment against the Chevron Corporation. In 2011, the 30,000 villagers secured [JURIST report] a $17.2 billion judgment in an Ecuador court against Chevron for environmental damage to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]

7 Apr 2015
by Christopher Dellana

Legal battles have flared up over the issue of net neutrality in the past decade. In the US, the FCC is the independent government agency that oversees communications among the several states and with other countries. The FCC was responsible for the 2002 determination [PDF] that internet modem service, as … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Timothy Jost of Washington & Lee University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University School of Law discusses how interpreting the ACA in King v. Burwell affect Medicaid and CHIP recipients ... An important issue flagged in the March 4 Supreme Court oral argument in King v. Burwell has until now been largely ignored. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Sep 2014
by Geoffrey Hoffman of University of Houston Law Center
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey Hoffman, of the University of Houston Law Center, discusses the problems that the immigration court creates for unaccompanied alien children...The law is no stranger to paradoxes, contradictions and strange coincidences. Immigration courts however present a special case of legal paradox. As an attorney representing immigrants in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Akshat Tewary of Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Akshat Tewary of the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary discusses Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability in reference to SEC v. Citigroup... The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that could debilitate the ability of the judiciary to serve as an independent … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Chevron Corporation [official website] on Tuesday filed [text, PDF] for reimbursement of attorneys' fees against Attorney Steven Donziger [official website] and others in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Chevron prevailed earlier this month in its lawsuit against Donziger for fraud and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that US courts could not be used to collect $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees that previously resulted in an Ecuadorian court's judgment against Chevron [corporate website]. Judge … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron [corporate website] to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction [RT report] from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron [corporate website] after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French court on Monday acquitted French oil company Total [corporate website], its CEO Christophe de Margerie [WSJ profile] and several other defendants on corruption charges in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Arlington v. FCC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that courts must apply the Chevron [opinion] framework to an agency's interpretation of a statutory ambiguity that concerns the scope of the agency's jurisdiction. The provision at issue, 47 USC § 332(c)(7) [text] … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an Iraqi government lawsuit accusing numerous business entities of conspiring with Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to disrupt the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive], thereby … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Wednesday pertaining to jurisdiction. The first, Arlington v. FCC [transcript, PDF], addresses whether Chevron USA v. NRDC [opinion] allows a federal agency to determine its own jurisdiction. The provision at issue, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ciara Torres-Spelliscy of the Stetson University College of Law discusses the proposed statutory and regulatory reforms that could curb the rising levels of spending by corporations in political campaigns...The US has just gone through its most expensive election ever. The projected price tag for the 2012 federal … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Vermont Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, text] a challenge to a proposed energy project to construct wind turbines in the Lowell Mountain Range. The challenge was filed by the Lowell Mountain Group [Lowell Mountains News backgrounder] and the towns of Albany and Craftsbury, and claims … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted seven new cases [order list, PDF]. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co. [docket; cert petition, PDF], the court will review the scope of a Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] patent [text] on genetically-modified seeds that utilizes Roundup Ready [official profile] … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Justice M.B. Shah Commission of Inquiry [official website], an Indian judicial committee investigating illegal mining practices, issued a report Friday that indicted Digambar Kamat, the former Chief Minister of the state of Goa [official website], for permitting illegal mining in the state during his 12 year tenure as … [read more]

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