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Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Sep 2015
by Harrison Thorne of UCLA School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Harrison Thorne of UCLA School of Law discusses the possible implications that a recent decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit might bear on internships ... Employees are entitled to many benefits, including minimum wage, overtime wage, social security tax contributions, insurance (disability, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A three-judge panel on the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court's decision and ruled in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Tuesday, upholding a five-year long rule that limits how much investment managers can contribute … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] the indictment of US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) [official website] for his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy. Fattah, along with four of his associates, were charged in a 29-count indictment including crimes such as bribery, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Oskar Groening, a former Nazi SS officer known as the "accountant of Auschwitz," on Monday appealed the four-year jail sentence imposed on him [JURIST report] last week. Groening's attorney has submitted an appeal in the German Federal Court of Justice [official website], arguing that the Luneburg court that convicted … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 75-year-long policy prohibiting individuals, corporations or firms working under federal contracts from contributing to the campaigns of federal candidates, parties and committees. Plaintiffs in the case, three individuals who have … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog materials] that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In a unanimous vote on Friday, Pakistani lawmakers [official website] passed a resolution [text] to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, despite pleas from Saudi Arabia for aid in the form of warships, aircraft and ground troops. Saudi Arabia is leading the campaign against Shia Houthi rebels in … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement [text] calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope and content … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The state of Ohio [official website], along with several universities, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] Monday challenging taxes imposed on the state through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF]. … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett [docket] on collective bargaining agreements for retirement healthcare benefits. The case was brought by retired employees of an M&G Polymers-owned plant, who sued the company when it was announced that retirees would … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday will hear oral arguments [hearing list, PDF] for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF; press release] Thursday. According to the report, the influx … [read more]

20 Dec 2014

Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act in its original form did not offer explicit protections to pregnant women, so the Pregnancy Discrimination Act … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law [text] states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] approved [opinion, PDF] a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" which … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official websites] of the country's human rights records. The … [read more]

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