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Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] More than a year after Qatar's government promised reform for migrant workers, little to no improvement has been made [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday. The government announced in November [JURIST report] that the kafala sponsorship system, which currently limits the rights of foreign workers, is … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Qatar government [official website] on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced [Al Jazeera report] the initiative by stating, "[w]e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Jenna Decker

[JURIST] Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] on Tuesday called for strict regulation [text, PDF] of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states [NYT … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida [official website] on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. [corporate website], awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 May 2014
by Aaron Spencer of Temple University Beasley School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Spencer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events . . .The First Amendment begins, "Congress shall make no … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [report, PDF] released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of migrant domestic workers … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Feb 2014

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses some of the alleged human rights abuses occurring in connection with preparations for international sporting events ...As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia draw to a close, many eyes are on the athletes competing for the … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [official website], Farida Shaheed [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Meredith Kurz, Hofstra University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its effects on ERISA benefits...In 2010, with a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, President Barack Obama successfully passed his signature piece of legislation, the Patient … [read more]

18 Oct 2013
by Kyle Webster

The modern implications of redistricting methods are heavily debated. The current system in many states of having single-party controlled legislatures create the districts has led to strong criticism. Many observers cite this as one of the primary reasons for the increasing partisanship within government, both federally and in the individual … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations [text] to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol, or any flavored cigarettes which could be considered "gimmicks." An EU press release [text] outlined the changes, which include graphic warnings that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A superior court judge in California ruled [decision, PDF] Tuesday that a class of plaintiffs cannot recover any money against the tobacco company Philip Morris USA [corporate website]. The plaintiffs in the case argued [PM press release] that Philip Morris violated California's false advertising laws by using the terms … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in one new case [order list, PDF] on Monday. In DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied a request for a rehearing on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulations that require tobacco companies to display graphic images on their packaging. In a 2-1 decision issued in August, the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Friday published its reasons [text, PDF] for dismissing a lawsuit brought by several large international tobacco companies challenging the labeling requirements of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (TPP Act) [materials]. The court originally dismissed the challenge [JURIST report] in August … [read more]

Legal News
24 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that tobacco companies do not need to print graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking on cigarette packages. In a 2-1 decision, the DC Circuit struck down a Food and Drug Administration … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Hampshire [official website] on Tuesday revoked class action status [opinion, PDF] in a lawsuit challenging the labeling of "light" cigarettes. The plaintiff, Karen Lawrence, filed the lawsuit in 2002 alleging that Philip Morris, Inc. [corporate website] deliberately misled consumers to believe that "light" cigarettes … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Professional and college sports leagues filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] against the state of New Jersey Monday trying to enjoin a new law that would legalize sports gambling. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision to impose restrictions on cigarette makers for violating federal racketeering laws. The appellate court said that the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] … [read more]

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