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Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Belgian court on Thursday found the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive] not guilty of copyright infringement and electronic communications abuse. According to the Mechelse court [official website, in Dutch], the prosecution failed to prove [Standaard report, in Dutch] that co-founders Gottfrid … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment [text, PDF] that patent holders still cannot charge royalties after the expiration of a patent. The decision, written by Justice Elena Kagan [offical profile], reaffirmed the court's holding in Brulotte v. Thys … [read more]


Features
10 Jun 2015

The Patriot Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself, approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counterterrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting certain … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Commil USA, LLC., v. Cisco Systems, Inc. [SCOTUSblog materials] that a "good faith" belief of a patent's invalidity is not a defense to a claim of induced patent infringement under 35 USC §271(b) [text]. Commil USA, which holds … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] Apple's smartphone patent victory against Samsung but remanded the case to the lower court to reduce the damages that must be paid to Apple [corporate websites]. The court upheld the district court's determination … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] on Wednesday upheld [decision] sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre-election violence and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and extensive media coverage have … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited [AP report] to Spain … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [judgment] six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases regarding federal patent law on Tuesday. In Commil USA, LLC v Cisco Systems, Inc. [transcript, PDF], the court must decide whether the federal circuit erred in holding that a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid constitutes … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday adopted [press release] four new resolutions, one of which creates [text] a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held [opinion, PDF] in a 7-2 decision that a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) [official website] may be sufficient to establish issue preclusion in a patent dispute. The case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. [SCOTUSblog docket] … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] ruled [memorandum and order, PDF; injunction, PDF] Monday that Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the decision will not take effect until March 9 and has immediately been appealed to the US Court of Appeals … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to disclose … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Feb 2015
by Brian Eisner of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Eisner, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eleventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Eisner discusses the California's School Success and Opportunity Act and transgender equality...Imagine you … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Tuesday that appellate review of factual matters in a patent dispute must apply the clear error standard of review, not a de novo standard. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. [docket], the court held that the US … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed last Friday to add three cases [order list, PDF] to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [cert. petition, PDF] involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Young v. United Parcel Service [transcript, PDF] the justices considered whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act [EEOC backgrounder] requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations to … [read more]

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