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Federal judge approves final settlement in Wells Fargo investment case
August 19, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank also awarded attorneys f....... [more]

How US Government Surveillance Threatens Attorney-Client Privilege
August 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist G. Alex Sinha of Human Rights Watch discusses US government surveillance and the attorney-client privilege American lawyers have been concerned for some time that the legally protected space for attorney-client communications is shrinking. But recent reports detailing massive....... [more]

Federal judge rules New Mexico city hall must remove Ten Commandments monument
August 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) o....... [more]

Federal appeals court hears oral arguments for six cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage
August 6, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday for six lawsuits challenging same-sex marriage bans in four states. The panel heard arguments on Kentucky's ban in the consolidated cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear; Michigan's ban in DeBoer v. Snyder; Ohi....... [more]

Missouri votes on state constitutional amendment for "right to farm"
August 6, 2014
Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and stat....... [more]

UN official: violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam
August 1, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received credible....... [more]

Airline advocacy groups challenge increased fees by TSA
July 31, 2014
Airlines for America (A4A) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, asking the court to review an Interim Final Rule promulgated by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The petition alleges that in the rule....... [more]

Federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings over subsidies for healthcare exchanges
July 24, 2014
Two federal appeals courts in the US issued conflicting rulings within hours of one another on Tuesday, as the federal court system continues to grapple with the legal ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most recent legal debate with the PPACA surrounds the....... [more]

Federal appeals courts split on health care subsidies
July 22, 2014
Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such subsidies are only available through state....... [more]

Federal appeals court postpones execution over drug secrecy
July 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were vio....... [more]

Circuit Split on Concealed Carry Permit Requirements
July 17, 2014
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the S....... [more]




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