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Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal [official website]. A House legal committee voted 10-2 [AP report] to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan [SCOTUSblog materials] that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment [text, PDF] to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text] in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service [advocacy website] filed a federal lawsuit [press release] Tuesday on behalf of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners alleging that the state and prison officials had failed to adequately accommodate the prisoners' heightened communication needs. The complaint [text, PDF], filed in the US District Court … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official profile] on Friday will release details [The Hill report] about the creation of a new advisory committee in efforts to improve conditions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] as he visits a VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will consist of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in San Francisco County Superior Court [official website] on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California State Constitution [text] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue [press release] that it was … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court [official website] denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution [press release], and that his life would have been … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court [official website] denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari [order lists, PDF]. Two … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill [text] on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require [Reuters report] two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement [press release] Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network [advocacy website] in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates with … [read more]


Features
20 Dec 2014

The extent to which the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant employee is the subject of Young v. United Postal Service. The case began [PDF] in 2006, when Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, became pregnant. Her doctor advised her that she should not be … [read more]

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