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Student Commentary
5 days ago
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
21 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [text, PDF] a lower court that struck down the Federal Reserve's cap on how much banks are permitted to charge businesses for debit card transactions. The lawsuit was initiated by a coalition of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An Oklahoma state court judge on Thursday ruled the state's emergency contraception law [HB 2226, PDF] unconstitutional. The law requires [AP report] women younger than 17 to obtain a prescription and show photo ID in order to receive Plan B One-Step and other generic emergency contraceptive pills. Women 17 … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a 2011 state law restricting the use of chemical-abortions is unconstitutional, reaffirming the court's 2012 decision [JURIST report]. The law [HB 1970, text] imposes broad and stringent limitations on physicians when prescribing abortion-inducing medications to patients, and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] on Thursday, concluding that the state failed to prove proceeds of criminal activity in its money laundering charges against DeLay. A three-judge panel … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] An Oklahoma County District Court [official website] judge on Monday granted an injunction [docket] of Oklahoma House Bill 2226 [legislative history], a state law that requires minors to obtain a prescription for emergency contraception. HB 2226 was challenged by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice [advocacy website], amongst others, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [case information] in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226 [text, PDF], a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Today, there are 32 states in the US that require voters to present identification at the polls in order to vote, including 17 states that have passed laws requiring a photo ID. Voter ID laws have become increasingly controversial as the 2012 presidential election approaches, precipitating legal challenges in several … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued its final orders [order list, PDF] of the term Thursday, granting certiorari in two cases, and sending several controversial cases back to lower courts for reconsideration. In White v. Woodall [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider jury instructions in a … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday struck down two state laws, HB 2780 and HB 1970 [opinions], limiting abortion rights for physicians and patients for unconstitutionality. The first law [HB 2780 text] mandated that physicians must require that any patient seeking an abortion undergo an ultra-sound, whereby … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the Davidson County Chancery Court [official website] in Tennessee on Wednesday ruled that Tennessee's voter identification law [SB 16 materials] does not violate the state's Constitution [text, PDF]. Civil rights attorney George Barrett argued before the court that the requirement that residents show proof of ID … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The New York Fourth Appellate Division for the Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed a challenge [opinion, PDF] to the state's year-old Marriage Equality Act (MEA) [text, PDF], ruling that closed-door meetings between gay rights advocates and state senators did not violate the state's Open Meetings Law (OML) … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt [official profile] on Thursday appealed [text, PDF] a ruling [docket materials] that struck down an Oklahoma law [HB 1970 text] restricting how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients. Three weeks ago, a judge for the District Court of Oklahoma County invalidated the … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A judge for the District Court of Oklahoma County on Friday ruled [docket materials] that an Oklahoma law [HB 1970 text] restricting how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients was a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution [text]. The law required doctors prescribing abortion drugs to meet stricter … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Center for American Progress (CAP) [advocacy website] released a report [text] on Wednesday criticizing the tide of recently-passed state voter ID laws as an attempt by conservatives and lobbyists to "return to past practices of voter suppression to preserve their political power." The report details new restrictions on … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 409 text, PDF] to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a … [read more]

Legal News
31 Dec 2011
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Montana Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday to uphold a restriction on corporate independent expenditures related to state political campaigns and candidates. In the case, Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Montana, the high court affirmed a century-old ban on corporate spending, implemented by the 1912 … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] An Oklahoma state court judge on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction [docket materials] against a new Oklahoma law [House Bill 1970 text, RTF] that restricts how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients. Judge Daniel Owens of the District Court of Oklahoma County [official website] granted the motion … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and her son, Tarique Rahman [BBC profile], were charged with corruption Monday over alleged inappropriate donations. The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) [governing statute] brought the charges [AFP report] in connection with USD $1.05 million in donations to a … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The New Mexico Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday that environmental groups may intervene in state administrative hearings over greenhouse gas emissions standards. New Energy Economy (NEE) [advocacy website], a non-profit organization working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sought to intervene in a hearing before the New Mexico … [read more]

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