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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

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]


Professional Commentary
17 Nov 2014
by Kenneth Englade of

JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth Englade, discusses military justice system in the context of the Haditha incident in 2005 ...Nine years ago this week a squad from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was returning from a routine re-supply mission on the outskirts of Haditha in western Iraq when it … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Oct 2014
by Jason Birriel of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Birriel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the third article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Birriel discusses the issues with mandatory judiciary retirement provisions and possible alternatives...In the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURSIT] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday dismissed [order, DOC] the case of Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], a dispute involving the time allowed to file lawsuits claiming false information during the sale of securities. The dismissal means that the decision … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Jul 2014
by Victor Sanchez Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Sanchez Williams of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the constitutionality of the debt limit statute and why it needs to be eliminated ... Partisan conflict has brought our nation to the brink of catastrophic debt default three times since 2011. Markets … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Wednesday in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that employees of Fifth Third Bank [corporate website] can proceed with a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duties over an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). As part of the benefits … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in Clark v. Rameker [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that funds held in inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are not "retirement funds" for bankruptcy purposes. Section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code [text] exempts tax-exempt retirement funds from the bankruptcy estate. In … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a $5.1 million fraud judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan [corporate website] (BCBSM). Hi-Lex [corporate website], a car parts manufacturer, sued BCBSM for carrying on in bad faith regarding its Administrative … [read more]

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