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Turkish president approves law tightening Internet control
September 12, 2014
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed in February that made it easier for authorities to bl....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Ohio false statements election law
September 12, 2014
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law, which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a campaign or nomination for....... [more]

Federal appeals court to reconsider health subsidies case
September 4, 2014
The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday threw out a July judgment that ruled subsidies that help individuals purchase insurance through the federal exchanges are illegal. The court granted an Obama administration request to have its full panel of judges rehea....... [more]

Louisiana same-sex marriage ban upheld
September 3, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern....... [more]

Federal appeals court questions NSA surveillance efforts
September 3, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday heard oral arguments about the National Security Agency (NSA) practice of collecting millions of Americans' phone records. The three-judge panel criticized the spy program, which was revealed more than a year ago. The lawsuit was brought by t....... [more]

Germany publishes new draft cybersecurity law
August 30, 2014
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior on Friday published its revised proposal for a new IT security law. The draft law seeks to protect the privacy of German citizens and improve the IT security of companies operating in the country by imposing new minimum security requirements on telecommuni....... [more]

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]




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