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DC Circuit affirms habeas denial for Guantanamo detainee
December 4, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with al Qaeda-associated terrorist leader Abu....... [more]

Netherlands say Google violates data protection law
November 29, 2013
The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) on Thursday stated that Google is in violation of the country's data protection act. For a website to comply with the country's data protection act, it must have the "unambiguous" consent of users when using their personal information. Unambiguous consent me....... [more]

New Zealand judge rejects refugee status based on climate change
November 26, 2013
A New Zealand High Court judge on Tuesday held that two Kiribati citizens, could not be granted refugee status based on the effects of climate change on Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the island nation of Kiribati in 2007 and had three children born in New Zealand. A....... [more]

Berlin court rules Google violated data protection law
November 20, 2013
The Regional Court of Berlin on Tuesday held that 25 of Google's privacy policies and terms of service violate Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG), Germany's data protection law. The case against Google was filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), which challenged 13 privacy pol....... [more]

US senators introduce bill to limit frivolous patent lawsuits
November 19, 2013
US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at limiting frivolous patent lawsuits. The proposed legislation, known as the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, is designed to increase transparency in the US patent process and improve resources....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Google books copyright infringement case
November 14, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Thursday dismissed a class action lawsuit arising against Google over the company's unapproved scanning and uploading of copyrighted materials. The case revolved primarily around Google's Library Project, which uses a....... [more]

Federal judge: US should get mortgage firm data for banking probe
November 12, 2013
A federal judge on Monday recommended that e-mails and other data collected by a large due-diligence firm for Wall Street banks should be turned over to the Department of Justice (DOJ), a move that may determine which banks the government will bring to court for their part in the 2008 financial cri....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on faulty plea bargain advice
November 5, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, explaining that, in the context of a prisoner asking a federal c....... [more]

Lawsuit challenges online voter registration system in Minnesota
November 5, 2013
A lawsuit filed on Monday in the second judicial district court of Minnesota alleges that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie acted beyond his authority with the establishment of an online voter registration system in September. The petition was filed by a pair of conservative advocacy groups, Minnesot....... [more]

The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Regulating Corruption
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Dan Epstein of Cause of Action discusses the upcoming Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission...Last month, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a campaign finance case that legal commentator Jeffrey Too....... [more]

PPACA contraceptive mandate unconstitutional: DC Circuit
November 3, 2013
A divided three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) violates the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause. Before Congress passed the PPACA in 2010, t....... [more]




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