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Legal News
1 day ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] South Africa's Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday heard the case [case materials] against President Jacob Zuma [official website] over expensive home renovations. The charges come after the president made more than 20 million dollars in home upgrades. In 2014, the state watchdog agency suggested that he pay back … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] on Thursday released a statement [press release] finding that Julian Assange [BBC profile], founder of the controversial website WikiLeaks [website], has been arbitrarily detained in the UK since 2010. Assange was initially arrested in December of 2010 stemming from rape … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] over allegations of selling fetal tissue, instead indicting [indictments, PDF] two activists responsible for releasing videos that spurred the allegations. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that Center … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an unaccepted settlement offer to a lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit does not end the legal challenge. The class action suit dealt with unsolicited text messages sent from the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that daily fantasy sports websites in which players pay to participate are considered gambling and are therefore illegal in the state. Paxton released an official advisory opinion [text, PDF] in which he stated that fantasy sports leagues and online … [read more]


Student Commentary
20 Jan 2016
by Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the ninth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Prager discusses the influence of the upcoming decision from NLRB regarding student athletes... The "student-athlete" … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against anti-abortion activists. The organization claims criminal misconduct by the activists who produced undercover videos [BBC report] discussing the handling and sale of fetal tissue at … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in the cases of Bank Markazi v. Peterson [transcript, PDF] and Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], plaintiff Deborah Peterson, representing hundreds of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks, brought suit … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] TransCanda [official website] on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against the US Government in federal court challenging President Barack Obama's decision to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. TransCanada filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] claiming that Obama lacked … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] Monday for the criminal prosecution of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other US government officials for their participation in torture programs following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The report found that the Obama administration faces no legal … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A UN human rights expert on Monday advised [press release] Nigerian officials to halt mass, unlawful evictions and demolitions in the region of Badia, Lagos, exoressing concern over the homelessness resulting from a lack of adequate housing and compensation to victims. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha [profile], an expert on the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Northern Ireland still faces significant challenges 20 years after the violent period known as "the Troubles" [BBC backgrounder], UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff [official profile] said [statement] Wednesday. The Special Rapporteur focused on transitional justice in Northern Ireland and addressed three major concerns: the need for new efforts to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Tyson v. Bouaphakeo [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] differences among plaintiff members can be ignored for the purposes of a class action lawsuit when damages will be … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Daniel Crane of University of Michigan School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Daniel Crane of the University of Michigan School of Law discusses the rulings surrounding NCAA athlete amateurism... On September 30, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed in on the growing controversy regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association's … [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]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The response to ride-sharing has varied across states. The responses range from proposed nomenclature changes publicized on social media by the Associated Press Stylebook, to stronger oversight aimed at compelling compliance with state laws regarding inspections and other market regulations. A principal legal obstacle in the ride-sharing debate is how … [read more]

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