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Legal News
4 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday urged nations affected by the Zika virus to review their laws and allow women access to contraceptive devices and abortion [press release]. The commissioner reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to a condition involving … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday released a report [text] outlining serious flaws in the Iranian electoral system which they say are damaging prospects for free and fair parliamentary elections on February 26th. The report states that this is due to Iranian authorities not allowing the majority … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

US President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday vetoed a bill [HR 3762] that would have repealed his signature health care law. The president explained [press release] that the proposed bill "would not only repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text], but would reverse the significant progress we … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Congress on Wednesday sent a bill [HR 3762] to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text] to President Barrack Obama [official profile]. The repeal bill is one of the first pieces of legislation against the ACA to reach Obama's desk in the past five years. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state legislature does have the power to use advisory ballot measures. The decision will allow lawmakers to place a nonbinding question on ballots to ask voters whether they feel there should be a new amendment to the US … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday announced [remarks] executive actions on gun control [WH fact sheet]. The plan would require those in the business of selling firearms, including those selling firearms at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks, thus closing the infamous "gun show … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] in an opinion [text, pdf] made public on Tuesday, decided that two shareholder class actions against Facebook Inc. [corporate website], alleging that the company hid concerns about its growth, could proceed. The shareholders allege [Reuters report] … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

District Judge Edward Chen [official profile] for the Northern District of California [official website] last Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that California's policy for reimbursing out-of-state hospitals that care for California Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients is unconstitutional. Hospitals in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona sued the California Department of Health Care Services [official … [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]


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
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2015
by Xiaoying Zhang of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Xiaoying Zhang of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law discusses how patent ownership disclosure should be regulated... On June 4, 2013, the White House issued five executive actions designed to increase the transparency of the patent system, ensure the highest-quality patents, reduce abusive patent litigation and … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Colombian government should prioritize the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities above corporate interests, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Wednesday. According to AI, the armed conflict in the country has caused members of these communities and peasant farmers to lose their lands, resulting … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Guiena's Constitutional Court on Saturday validated the reelection of President Alpha Conde [BBC profile] amid allegations of fraud and rigging. Conde won the election, which took place on October 11, by a majority vote of 57.84 percent, giving him a second five-year term in office. Opposition leaders and candidates, … [read more]

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