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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
22 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [SCOTUSblog materials] that a program requiring California raisin growers to hand over a percentage of their harvest to the government violated the takings clause [LII backgrounder] of the Fifth Amendment. Under regulations citing … [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
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Federal Reserve [official website] bailout of AIG [corporate website] in 2008 exceeded its authority but did not award any damages. The suit was brought by former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg and claimed that the Federal … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 on Monday in Baker Botts v. ASARCO [SCOTUSblog materials] that law firms representing those undergoing bankruptcy proceedings cannot recoup fees incurred when defending the fees they originally charged their client. Under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules [11 USC §330(a)(1) text], lawyers … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Privacy software company Disconnect [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition [official website]. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion [judgment, PDF] (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog materials] in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch [corporate website]. The question before the court was whether an employer … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing [official profile] called [press release] Tuesday on the Serbian government to take immediate action to improve the current housing crisis that has left many Serbian citizens without adequate housing. While Serbia boasts a high rate of homeownership due to … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday ordered Serbia's justice ministry to return Vojislav Seselj [JURIST news archive], ailing alleged war criminal, to his detention cell immediately. Seselj had been held in The Hague on charges of leading ethnic Serbs to persecute non-Serbs … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The parents of Michael Brown [JURIST news archive] filed a civil lawsuit [complaint] Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri [official website]. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [transcript, PDF] over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday initiated [press release] antitrust proceedings against Google [corporate website] accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negatively … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday asked [order list, PDF] for the Obama administration's position on an appeal [docket] by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' … [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
30 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that Serbian leader Vojislav Seselj violated conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague. Seselj, who was released in November for medical treatment in Serbia, was … [read more]

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