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Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The French government on Wednesday lifted the prohibition [press release, PDF, in French] on blood donations by gay men. French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights Marisol Touraine [official website, in French], announced [statement, PDF, in French] that "[d]onating blood is an act of generosity, citizenship, which cannot … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] on Thursday passed legislation [SB277] requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to do so. The measure ends exemptions among parents opposed to vaccination due to personal or religious reasons. California is now the largest state to mandate … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines [text, PDF] outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 227] that would prohibit parents of school children from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let the children remain unvaccinated. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [official websites], would continue to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US... The US public health … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care [official website] is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill [SB 422, PDF] that would limit the option for parents to receive non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. Sponsored by state Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward [official profile] (D-Portland), this bill seeks to amend … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [personal website] on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation [press release] requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," because "the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [text, PDF] a New York state rule [text, PDF] barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] issued a press release [text] Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted conflicts … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Angie Lin of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in assisted reproductive fertility … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law argues that patent trolls may be better understood when viewed as analogous to biological parasites, as both are naturally occurring phenomena that thrive by syphoning resources from hosts. Viewing patent trolls as parasites can help in setting realistic … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Ray Haluch Gravel Co. v. Central Pension Fund [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that, whether a claim for attorney's fees is based upon a statute, a private contract, or both, the pendency of a ruling on an award for fees and … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The government of Uganda is failing to hold senior officials accountable for corruption, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and Yale Law School's Allard K Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic [academic website]. The Ugandan government has reportedly also … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Sebelius v. Cloer [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that an untimely National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) [42 USC §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34, PDF] petition may qualify for an award of attorney's fees if it is filed … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments in Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Bartlett [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] Tuesday to consider whether design defect claims [Cornell LII backgrounder] can be brought when a generic drug does not present all the warnings the brand-name version of the drug does, … [read more]

Legal News
22 Feb 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that section 22(b)(1) [text] of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 provides blanket immunity to vaccine manufacturers from all tort actions filed in … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2011
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Harrington v. Richter [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the section of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) [28 USC § 2254 text] limiting federal review of state court decisions to decisions … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on compensation for injuries caused by childhood vaccines. The question is whether § 22(b)(1) [text] of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Sep 2010

Amy Pisani [Executive Director, Every Child By Two - Carter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization]: "In February of 2009 a special vaccine court exonerated vaccines in the debate over the causes of autism. The three Special Masters ruled that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR), given in combination with thimerosal-containing vaccines, does not cause, … [read more]

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