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Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that an insurer cannot recover equitable relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official website] for settlement funds a participant has already spent. The court found that nontraceable assets are not recoverable under 502(a)(3). This decision overturned the … [read more]


Student Commentary
16 Dec 2015
by Alyssa Lebron of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyssa Lebron of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the seventh author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lebron discusses the long-term effects of concussions and the need for federal regulation in contact … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company [transcript, PDF] to determine whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official backgrounder] preempts a Vermont statute in setting minimum standards for employee health care services. The US Court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday dealing with an Employee Retirement and Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) [text] fiduciary filing a lawsuit against a participant to recover overpayment. The court in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greek lawmakers approved a bill early Saturday morning containing new austerity measures and economic overhauls under its new bailout program. All but one of the 155 members of the leftist Syriza [party website], which now runs the government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], and the Independent Anel … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Sep 2015
by Devin Cohen of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Devin Cohen from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the first author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Cohen discusses the problems surrounding Veterans suffering PTSD and their right to receive military benefits...Individuals … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Greek Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a three-year bailout package for about 85 billion Euros ($93 billion) just days before the country is due to repay debt to the European Central Bank. Without a bailout package, Greece could default on the payment. The bill, which was passed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was found guilty Thursday of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets was sentenced to life imprisonment. He has also been deprived of his political rights for life and has had his personal assets confiscated. A year after Zhou's retirement in 2012, … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Tibble v. Edison International [SCOTUSblog materials] that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) [DOL backgrounder] fiduciary duty claim over investments does not necessarily run from initial selection of investments. The fiduciaries in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Illinois supreme court [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the 2013 Illinois Pension Law [98-599 text] that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang [BBC profile] was charged [press release, in Chinese] with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official [NYT report] to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head [BBC report] of the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases titled Kansas v. Carr [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], consolidating them for oral argument. These cases examine whether the Eighth Amendment [text] right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; transcript, PDF], the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that, after two years of litigation, Standard & Poor's (S&P) [corporate website] on Monday reached an agreement [settlement agreement, PDF] to settle a series of lawsuits [DOJ backgrounder, PDF] for $1.375 billion. The lawsuits accuse the credit … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett [docket] on collective bargaining agreements for retirement healthcare benefits. The case was brought by retired employees of an M&G Polymers-owned plant, who sued the company when it was announced that retirees would … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

A court in Singapore on Monday ordered blogger Roy Ngerng [blog] to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong [official profile] S$29,000 (USD $21,700) in legal fees and related expenses incurred after Lee won a defamation case against Ngerng in November of last year. In May of last year Ngerng penned … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Illinois judge on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit [official website] Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two bankruptcy cases on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website], consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. The two cases, Bank of America, NA v. Caulkett and … [read more]

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