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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
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [order, pdf] on Wednesday prohibiting the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [official websites] from enforcing regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing, also knows as "fracking." The … [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
28 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] California's State Water Resources Control Board [official website] on Tuesday approved rules [press release, PDF; materials] that will limit how people, governments and businesses can use water during the state's drought, promoting deep conservation efforts in the process. The rules include forcing cities to limit watering on public property … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A Swedish court [official website] on Thursday put a stop to a wolf hunt 12 hours before it was scheduled to begin in Varmland and Orebro. On appeal brought by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) [advocacy … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly [advocacy website], filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that developed … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the Roadless Rule [text] can be heard because it falls within the statute of limitations. This decision overturns the ruling by the US District Court of the … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] In defiance of an International Whaling Commission [official website] non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific whaling programs … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Gllobal environment crime [press release] is financing criminal activity and threatening global development, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL [official websites]. The 108-page report, entitled "The Environmental Crime Crisis," details the ways in which illegal trading of charcoal, timber … [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
8 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] signed into law [press release] on Friday a $956 billion farm bill [text, PDF] providing expanded crop insurance and other benefits for the agricultural sector. The bill passed the Senate [New York Times report] last week with a bipartisan vote. Beyond expanding federal … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the government of Kenya to respect the rights of the Sengwer indigenous people, who are facing eviction from their native home in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya. Kenyan authorities … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) [official website] in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos [CIA backgrounder]. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) [advocacy website] are modern-day pirates, clearing the path for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. The decision overturns a lower court ruling … [read more]

Student Commentary
22 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Samantha Peaslee, University of Denver Strum College of Law Class of 2015, explores the recent lawsuits surrounding fracking in the state of Colorado and how the outcome could impact the oil industry throughout the entire state...Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has gained significant media attention over the last … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Mintzes of EARTHWORKS examines the ways the federal government actually regulates fracking and discusses two case studies in states where industry advocates turn federalism on its head...The 113th Congress, especially the US House of Representatives, will use their oversight responsibilities this term to conduct hearings on … [read more]

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