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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]

Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye [official profile] spoke out [press release] on Thursday against governments and international organizations who lack protection for whistleblowers. Kaye believes that there are numerous whistleblowers who withhold information that should be made public because of intimidation from government officials and … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The advocate general of the European Court of Justice [official website] proclaimed [opinion; press release, PDF] on Wednesday that the copious amount of EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies violates EU's data protection and rights to privacy laws. The Luxembourg court's advocate general Yves … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Aug 2015
by Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy discusses the controversy surrounding Japanese corporate governance practices...A third-party investigative report released on July 20, 2015, found that Toshiba Corporation had padded its profits by $1.2 billion (1.5 billion yen) over the past six years. The … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former UK bank trader Tom Hayes [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. Following a unanimous jury verdict, Judge Jeremy Cooke [official profile] sentenced Hayes to 14 years in prison for attempting to rig the London interbank offered rate (Libor) [WSJ market data]. Hayes, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Saroj Nair of University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Saroj Nair, LLM Student at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses Iran's international obligation with regards to its nuclear efforts and argues that Iran complies with its obligation under binding treaties and the Joint Plan of Action...Another condemnation for Iran! Or is it? The … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that unless a disclosure is specifically prohibited by law, the code of Prohibited Personnel Practices [text] can bar an agency from taking action against an employee who intentionally divulges sensitive … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [FOIA portal]. The court will not … [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
22 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A French appeals court ruled Monday that Swiss bank UBS [corporate website] must deposit a guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in an investigation of charges for aiding in tax evasion for wealthy French customers. In July UBS was put under formal investigation for allegations of laundering the proceeds of … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) [official website] last week overturned [ruling, PDF] a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown was a presented with a bill [SB 1135, text] on Tuesday to ban sterilization of female inmates in California after the California Senate [official websites] unanimously voted to pass the law. The bill bans any form of sterilization in a correctional facility for the purposes … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes [AP report] $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Apr 2014
by Jia Li of Indiana University Maurer School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Jia Li, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how it may potentially interact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.ERISA §510 is an anti-retaliation provision that prevents employers from interfering with the rights of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Mar 2014
by Zachary Heiden of American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cutting v. City of Portland … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Lawson v. FMR LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the whistleblower provision 18 USC § 1514A [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Sarbones Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) [text, PDF] protects employees of private contractors and subcontractors performing work for a … [read more]

25 Feb 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Settlements with the US Department of Justice The US Department of Justice announced on November 19, 2013 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. had agreed to a record-setting $13 billion settlement over its risky mortgage practices that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis. News of … [read more]

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