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11 Mar 2014
by Neil Devlin

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals [official website] has ordered [text, PDF] the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to pay the City of New Orleans [official websites] $10.8 million in connection to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] in 2005. The decision, issued last week, comes in response to a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law reveals the history behind recent changes to law and policy which will affect the involvement of military forces with civilian domestic law enforcement...Weeks prior to the devastating Boston Marathon bombings, and months after the disastrous effects of Hurricane … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Congress of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [text, PDF] to protect the rights of more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The bill was praised [press release] by the UN Refugee Agency [official website] on Friday. If the bill is signed into law, … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Newton, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the fifteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He argues that state legislatures should enact laws to compel prison officials and … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] is not liable for damages caused by canal breaches that occurred during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Plaintiffs claimed that the impact-review requirement of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] is liable to a number of Louisiana property owners for its inadequate work on a shipping channel that caused billions of dollars in … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2011
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] A federal judge of the US District Court of the Central District of California [official website] on Friday held [summary judgment, PDF] that the city of Los Angeles violated the Americans With Disabilities Act [text] by not accounting for people with disabilities in the city's emergency disaster planning. Judge … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF; press release ] Friday accusing the government of committing human rights violations against the victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The group criticized the response of officials at the local, state, and federal levels for being overly … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Feb 2010

Kristine Long, Pitt Law '11, relates the findings of Anna Kavalauskas and Silpa Swarnapuri, Pitt Law '12, who looked into the measures taken to facilitate adoption proceedings for 54 Haitian orphans relocated to Pittsburgh...In January, Haiti was struck by an earthquake which devastated the nation and brought attention and aid … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that several contractors responsible for dredging the Mississippi River, which some claim exacerbated damage from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], cannot be held liable since the contractors were acting under Congress' express authorization. The … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2009
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday found [text, PDF] the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] negligent in its operation and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO) [USACE backgrounder]. Damages nearing $720,000 were awarded to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that 14 victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] have standing to sue companies for allegedly contributing to global warming [JURIST news archive], which they claim played a role in increasing the severity of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Ed Richards of Louisiana State University Law Center says that in the midst of current concerns about the spread of the H1N1 virus (popularly known as "swine flu"), passing more and stricter public health laws will neither strengthen the public health system nor effectively contain the spread … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Friday denied [order, PDF] a motion by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] to dismiss a lawsuit [materials] brought by Louisiana homeowners for damages suffered as a result of flooding … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A number of advocacy, rights and philanthropic groups filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF; ACLU press release] Friday with the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [official website] arguing against the classification of some charitable groups as terrorist organizations without due process. The brief, filed … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling [opinion, PDF] that dismissed a suit resulting from Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] brought on behalf of the US against eight flood insurers. The original suit, brought by Realtor Branch Consultants … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] State and national housing advocates filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release, PDF] Wednesday arguing that Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina recovery program, Road Home Louisiana [program website], discriminates against African-American homeowners. The federally-funded program awards grants to homeowners in the lesser of the following two amounts: the pre-storm … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] Officials from Germany's ruling coalition announced [CDU press release, in German] Monday that they would draft an amendment to the German constitution to allow the military to aid local police forces during emergencies. Under Article 35 of the German Basic Law [text, PDF], the government may deploy the military … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A New Orleans judge on Wednesday threw out indictments against the so-called "Danziger Seven" [advocacy website], police officers accused of murder in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. District Judge Raymond Bigelow ruled that prosecutors had violated state law by revealing grand jury testimony to a witness … [read more]

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