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Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by Dwight Duncan of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Dwight Duncan of the University of Massachusetts School of Law discusses the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act...In 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country with his creative jurisprudence in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [PDF]. He joined the four conservative … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

A group of book sellers and publishers filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday challenging a new Louisiana criminal law that requires websites to implement age-verification systems to protect material that may be harmful to any minor. HB 153 [text, PDF], passed in June of this year, states, "Any person … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Lockhart v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the mandatory minimum for a child pornography sentence, as found in 18 USC § 2252(b)(2) [text], applies when the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]

2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Nov 2015
by Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the recent Volkswagen scandal where the car maker installed software to alternate the measurement of emission of nitrogen oxide... Is this the end of Volkswagen? Since Friday, September 18, 2015 Volkswagen has been under fire for cheating … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to review and overturn an appeals court ruling that the company conspired with book publishers to increase e-book prices. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had ruled [opinion, PDF] in June … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Apple asked [application, PDF] the US Supreme Court on Wednesday for extra time to appeal a decision which found the company had engaged in illegal "marketplace vigilantism" when it entered the e-book market. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] in June that Apple … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Department of Commerce [official website] on Friday agreed to allow limited crude oil trading with Mexico, easing a ban on crude exports that has been in place for 40 years. Members of the US Congress was informed by the Department of Commerce [official website] that it plans … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a California ban [AB 376 text] on the sale of shark fins, which makes it "unlawful for a person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" in the state. The plaintiffs … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday opened [statement of objections, PDF] formal proceedings looking into whether the Walt Disney Company [corporate website] and other prominent US film studios committed antitrust violations. The EC is extending the Disney proceedings that were already opened on January 13, 2014 to … [read more]

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

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]

Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] New records released [press release] by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) [official website] Wednesday revealed a confidential legal battle over Medicare over-billing that spanned three years between government officials and UnitedHealth Group [official website]. The dispute centered on a 2012 audit obtained through the Freedom of Information Act … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The European Commission [official website] said Thursday that they have opened a formal antitrust investigation [press release] into Amazon's e-books business. The investigation will focus on particular clauses in Amazon's contracts requiring publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors. Amazon has also added … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] South Korea and China on Monday signed a bilateral free trade agreement that will eliminate most tariffs between the two countries over the next two decades. After approximately three years of negotiations, Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick [official profiles] signed the agreement … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US government on Friday formally removed [press release] Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as a positive step toward restoring Cuba-US diplomatic relations. US President Barack Obama [official website] said in April that he would drop Cuba from the list. In December Obama and Cuban … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne [SCOTUSblog materials] that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday opened an investigation into potential antitrust violations in the e-commerce market with the scope of the investigation including a number of the world's largest technology and search companies. The commission seeks to identify any possible anti-competitive behavior [official press release] that is … [read more]

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