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Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] According to a 300-page judicial report [text, PDF] released Thursday, the poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was "probably approved" by President Vladmir Putin [official website]. In his report, Sir Richard Owen noted that Litvinenko's crossings with Putin began during his time working for the KGB where … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The California District Court for the Northern District [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] Apple's [official website] motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung [official website] for infringing upon three software patents [Apple Insider report]. The patents involve data detector, "slide-to-unlock," and predictive text input software on certain older … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in eight new cases for this term. In McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Supreme Court is asked to decide the meaning of "official action" under the fraud statutes used to convict former Virginia governor … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Germany's Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that a Facebook [corporate website] feature is unlawful. Confirming two lower court decisions, the court ruled that Facebook's "friend finder" feature constitutes advertising harassment. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 when the Federation of German … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] TransCanda [official website] on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against the US Government in federal court challenging President Barack Obama's decision to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. TransCanada filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] claiming that Obama lacked … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Israel's Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday reduced the prison sentence of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [Knesset profile] from six years to 18 months. Olmert was convicted in March 2014 and sentenced [JURIST report] to six years imprisonment on several charges dealing with bribery. The ruling by the court … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the government cannot refuse to register trademarks that might be considered disparaging or offensive. The ruling sided with the Asian-American rock band The Slants, who tried to register the name as a trademark. The … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Samsung and Apple [corporate websites] released a joint statement [statement, PDF] Thursday with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] saying that Samsung will pay Apple $548 million by Dec. 14 for infringing Apple's patents. Samsung also stated that it expects reimbursement if it … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] filed a personal privacy violation complaint [text, PDF] on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] against Google [corporate website]. The complaint outlines that the default "sync" setting of Chromebooks [product website] sold to schools allows Google to track and maintain … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2015
by Xiaoying Zhang of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Xiaoying Zhang of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law discusses how patent ownership disclosure should be regulated... On June 4, 2013, the White House issued five executive actions designed to increase the transparency of the patent system, ensure the highest-quality patents, reduce abusive patent litigation and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church [RT report] stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the fifth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Kim discusses how courts should determine whether a government or state action is promoting a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] has ordered [text, PDF] a US House of Representatives committee and a former staffer to cooperate with an insider trading investigation into a health care policy leak. Judge Paul Gardephe ordered the enforcement … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Nov 2015
by Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the recent Volkswagen scandal where the car maker installed software to alternate the measurement of emission of nitrogen oxide... Is this the end of Volkswagen? Since Friday, September 18, 2015 Volkswagen has been under fire for cheating … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama made the case [remarks] for overhauling the nation's sentencing laws on Tuesday in front of top law enforcement officials at the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police [official website] Conference and Exposition. The president argued that placing large numbers of nonviolent drug offenders in … [read more]

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