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Legal News
6 days ago
by Devin Montgomery

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that it has imposed a record $105 million penalty against Fiat Chrysler [corporate website] for its failure to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. Defective suspension systems could … [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
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday said that the SAFE Justice Act, a US criminal justice reform bill introduced in June, could better protect prisoners' rights and increase fairness in federal prison sentencing. The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] on Thursday determined [press release] that Fiat Chrysler [official website] failed to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. It is reported [AP report] that the Chief of the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The US Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) [official website] has found that the response by the Ferguson, Missouri police department escalated riots after Michael Brown's death last summer. The findings were in a draft report [St. Louis Dispatch report] obtained by the St. Louis Dispatch Tuesday. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] An Egyptian court sentenced 30 members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] on Monday to life imprisonment on charges of violent behavior. The largest case concerned 17 out of the 30 defendants and included charges stemming from attempts made on the lives of protestors in Mansoura. Of the 17, … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended [text, PDF] by a task-force created [executive order] in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some types of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [offical website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [UN report] over attacks in Mali in which members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) [advocacy website] were specifically targeted, resulting in numerous casualties. So far, the UN has reported … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution [text] as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States [opinion, PDF] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] a challenge to North Carolina voting restrictions that opponents claim were intended to impede Democratic voters from casting ballots. The 2013 North Carolina law [bill, PDF] includes provisions that require photo identification, as well as … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by Roxane Peyser of Law Office of Roxane Peyser

JURIST Guest Columnist Roxane Peyser of the Law Office of Roxane Peyser in Lyons, Colorado discusses the issues in question concerning challenges to Colorado's legalization of marijuana...The requirement that a plaintiff have standing is derived from Article III of the Constitution, limiting federal courts to adjudicate actual cases and controversies. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2015
by Eric Berger of University of Nebraska College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Berger, of the University of Nebraska College of Law, considers whether the US Supreme Court is ready to finally invalidate bans on same-sex marriages on the national scale and tries to predict what issues the US Supreme Court would address in such decision ...The US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Oregon Governor Kate Brown [official profile] on Monday signed a new law that makes Oregon the first state in the nation to institute automatic voter registration. House Bill 2177 [text, PDF], informally called the Motor Voter legislation, will use data from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students … [read more]

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