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Legal News
21 hours ago
by Alonso Diaz

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] on Thursday found that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] violated [report, PDF] federal law through its handling of multi-year lease costs for its offices. CFTC was authorized by Congress to enter into multi-year leases, but it was obligated to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC discusses how technology can help with disparities in justice...The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. This has major implications for how justice is defined. The rich can afford big law firm prices, while the poor can qualify for … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] on Thursday issued a unanimous recommendation to seek criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for failing to end the government's rice subsidy program, which allegedly cost the nation billions of dollars. The rice subsidy program … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [text, PDF] a lower court that struck down the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks are permitted to charge businesses for debit card transactions. The lawsuit was initiated by a coalition of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2014
by Walter Weber of
edited by Michael Muha

JURIST Guest Columnist Walter Weber criticizes the US Supreme Court for what he sees as departures from established rules of law...The Constitutional litigators are already familiar with the abortion distortion factor. As Justice O'Connor described it, "no legal rule or doctrine is safe from ad hoc nullification by this [c]ourt … [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
4 Dec 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Wednesday fined [press release] eight international financial institutions €1.7 billion for having engaged in illegal cartels. They were all involved in cartels relating to interest rate derivatives. Some participated in a cartel that was denominated in euro currency while some participated in … [read more]

Legal News
2 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] Regulation II (Debit Card Interchange Fees and Routing) [text, PDF] of the Federal Reserve [official website], which held that the maximum interchange fee a bank can receive from a … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Monday in Bowman v. Monsanto [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that a farmer who buys patented seeds may not reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] holds a patent [text] on genetically-modified … [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
29 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday remanded [opinion, PDF] a rule [text] that would have limited positions on derivatives for 28 commodities, saying that the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] must resolve ambiguities to determine if … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Jul 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In the second entry of a two-part series, she argues for changes in social policy to address food security... The dramatic population growth in developing countries raises concerns about particular social issues, such as family … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] British legislators on Thursday approved a parliamentary inquiry into the country's banking industry. The 330 to 226 vote [Reuters report] came two days after Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] announced [Bloomberg report] that he would initiate the parliamentary inquiry into the industry following the imposition of a $450 … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dmytro Vorobey is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned at the district prosecutor's office and the district court in Novomoskovsk, Ukraine. In the second entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Jay Sekulow and Edward White of the American Center for Law and Justice say that the federal government does not have the authority to enforce the individual mandate, and because the mandate is not severable from the ACA, the entire law should be deemed unconstitutional...The case of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] on Monday filed charges [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) [corporate website] alleging that the bank was involved in an illegal futures trading … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Wall Street organizations International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) [official websites] on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging a regulation [complaint, text] implemented by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] that limits speculative trading. The CFTC adopted a Position Limits … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Oct 2011

Andrew Cali-Vasquez, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the sixth article in a ten part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development under the direction of Professor Leonard Baynes. Andrew writes on credit default swap position limits … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Wednesday blocked [opinion, PDF] a New York City ordinance requiring non-profit pregnancy centers to disclose whether they provide abortion [JURIST news archive] services or emergency contraception. The law [Local Law 17 § 20-816] requires facilities meeting … [read more]

Student Commentary
5 Jul 2011

Nicholas Battaglia, Albany Law School Class of 2012, is an intern in the school's Health Law Clinic. He argues that the partisan affiliations of the judges coupled with strong legal arguments will result in more successes for the government in the health care litigation...The constitutionality of the Patient Protection and … [read more]

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