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Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Governments must commit themselves to further action to globally improve housing conditions and urban development, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha [official profile] said [press release] Thursday. Farha made the statement as she was discussing her latest report [text, PDF] on the implementation of a … [read more]

Student Commentary
7 Oct 2015
by Lawson Huyhn of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawson Huynh from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the second author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Huyhn discusses the impact a recent Supreme Court case might have on patentability of mobile … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. The report [press release] states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] gave final approval Friday to a $970.5 million settlement for shareholders of the insurance giant American International Group (AIG) to settle claims [NYT documents] that shareholders were misled about the subprime mortgage exposure … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] approved [opinion, PDF] a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" which … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday urged Israel [report] to investigate alleged violations committed by its forces during the recent wars in Gaza to ensure justice. Israel's latest attacks in the Gaza Strip, the third in only seven years, resulted in more than 2,100 deaths. … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday revived [order, PDF] a whistleblower's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website]. In a unanimous decision, the court vacated and remanded a lower court's grant of summary judgment [order, PDF] to JPMorgan, which had effectively … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech [text] before the UN Human Rights Council [official website] Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co [corporate website] and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Aug 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Citigroup, Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal inquiry into mortgage-backed securities sold by the bank prior to the country's financial crisis. The deal, which involves one of the largest cash penalties [NYT report] ever paid to settle such allegations, includes [WSJ report] a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Akshat Tewary of Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Akshat Tewary of the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary discusses Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability in reference to SEC v. Citigroup... The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that could debilitate the ability of the judiciary to serve as an independent … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] Wells Fargo & Co's [corporate website] contention that the bank's participation, along with other national banks, in a $25 billion settlement with the US government over foreclosure abuses [JURIST report] should … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged [press release] Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House [background materials] is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating the scourge of anti-Roma violence." … [read more]

Student Commentary
7 Apr 2014
by Kristen Swift of Widener University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Kristen Swift, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses Merck & Co.'s NuvaRing settlement and the company's corporate governance policies...Recently, Merck & Co. made a major splash across headlines by offering NuvaRing plaintiff's a $100 million dollar settlement proposal. Is this settlement offer reflective of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Richard Falk [Al Jazeera profile], the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on [press release] the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing … [read more]

Student Commentary
22 Mar 2014
by Melissa Brumer of Fordham University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Melissa Brumer Fordham University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the differences in settlement amounts between recent contraceptive lawsuits and argues that Merck may be getting out much more cheaply than its competitors...On Friday, February 7, 2014, Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) announced its agreement to … [read more]

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]

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