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Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] on Wednesday signed into law the bill known as SB 1304 [materials] which includes the Law Enforcement Body Worn Camera Act, establishing sweeping regulations for police officers' use of body cameras while on duty. The bill will require Illinois drivers to pay an … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] French officials on Tuesday ordered the trial of two senior executives for Uber Technologies [official website] on allegations of maintaining an illegal taxi service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal [LinkedIn profiles], general managers for Western Europe and France respectively, were detained on Monday for alleged violations of a French … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The California Labor Commission [official website] has ruled that drivers for the personal transportation service Uber [official website] are considered employees, not contractors. The ruling, which was handed down on June 3, only became known to the public [Reuters report] on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in state court … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] issued a pre-trial order Monday accepting another court's finding of racial profiling by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official profile]. Hearing a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice [official website] (DOJ), US District … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

An appeals court in New York [official website] on Wednesday granted a law license [opinion] to an immigrant who was brought to the US illegally as a child. Cesar Vargas was brought to the US from Mexico by his mother when he was 5 years old. He attended college and … [read more]

Professional Commentary
7 May 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the benefits of religious freedom to liberty protections ... Listening carefully to objections to state religious freedom laws, two assumptions emerge that are demonstratively false. Those who assert them should weigh their implications carefully and reconsider their opposition to … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Apr 2015
by Griffen Thorne of Loyola University Chicago School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 [PDF] ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions throughout the State and which will remain … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over the increased violence and human rights abuses committed in Mali. Bandits, Islamist armed groups and pro-government militias have reportedly threatened the security of civilians in the central and northern Mali, with little or no action from … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Self-defense products company TASER International Inc. [corporate website] on Friday announced that Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be receiving an order of cameras which will be worn by officers to record their actions in the field. Under the sales agreement, TASER will deliver 700 body cameras, costing an estimated … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers [Huffington Post report], were … [read more]

Student Commentary
17 Jan 2015
by John Acosta Jr. of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist John Mario Acosta Jr., Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses and evaluates several methods of force used by police ... Throughout recent history police officers have been scrutinized for the things they do. Even today not much has changed. The evolution of technology has brought … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Jan 2015
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses the lawsuit filed by district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles regarding the safety of Uber ... On Tuesday, December 9th, district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Uber, … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judge David Campbell for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion] Maricopa County officials may not enforce two Arizona identity-theft laws used to convict hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers. The court ordered an immediate halt [LAT report] to the state's enforcement … [read more]

20 Dec 2014

The extent to which the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer to accommodate a pregnant employee is the subject of Young v. United Postal Service. The case began [PDF] in 2006, when Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, became pregnant. Her doctor advised her that she should not be … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Tuesday ordered Maricopa Country sheriff Joe Arpaio [official profile] to undergo the same training as his deputies to assist in the prevention of racial profiling and unlawful detention in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office … [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
8 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday blocked [opinion, PDF] an Arizona policy barring certain immigrants from obtaining a driver's license. The decision reversed a ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website], which had denied … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Departmental Appeals Board of Health and Human Services (DAB) [official website] on Friday revoked a National Coverage Determination (NCD) [December HHS Summary] barring Medicare payment for gender reassignment surgeries. The revoked NCD was issued in 1981 [HHS index] and refused to pay [advocacy backgrounder] for surgery as a … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Friday ordered the permanent reinstatement of hormone treatments for a transgender Ohio prison inmate who complained about losing her breast tissue, growing facial hair and suffering other related symptoms after treatments were stopped. … [read more]

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