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Chief Justice refuses to stay drug patent ruling
April 19, 2014
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for a stay on the lower court ruling. The appeals court's ruling made Teva's Copaxone drug available to be produced in a generic form. Teva sought to have this delayed until the Supreme Court is able to hear....... [more]

UN: Argentina jail violating rights of prisoner with disabilities
April 17, 2014
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) found on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only correct the current sit....... [more]

Federal judge overturns North Dakota abortion law
April 17, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the f....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban on painkiller Zohydro
April 16, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this d....... [more]

Alaska lawmakers pass bill restricting Medicaid payments for abortions
April 14, 2014
The Alaska State House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill sets forth specific medical circumstances under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill defin....... [more]

Arkansas AG to appeal ruling striking down 12-week abortion ban
April 13, 2014
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Friday that he appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Last month US District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the state law is unconstitutional and that abortions ca....... [more]

Appeals court extends stay blocking new restrictions on use of abortion drugs in Arizona
April 9, 2014
A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday to continue to block new regulations on the use of abortion medication while a case against them plays out in court. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the Arizona rules last week. Attorney General Tom Horne asked the court to allow....... [more]

US AG expresses concern about digital currency abuse
April 9, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday expressed concern before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies, which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. Holder note....... [more]

Straight to the Heart: Does Merck & Co.'s $100 Million Dollar NuvaRing Settlement Offer Reflect Failed Corporate Governance Policies?
April 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kristen Swift, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses Merck & Co.'s NuvaRing settlement and the company's corporate governance policies...Recently, Merck & Co. made a major splash across headlines by offering NuvaRing plaintiff's a $100 million dolla....... [more]

Alabama Senate approves abortion bill requiring guardian consent
April 4, 2014
The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that requires a parent or guardian's approval before a minor can have abortion. Under the law, a minor wishing to get an abortion without parental consent must prove in court that she cannot consult her parents, and the court can appoint a guardian ad l....... [more]

Federal judge to decide on constitutionality of Alabama abortion law
April 3, 2014
Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Wednesday set a trial date of May 19 to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law passed last year requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges. The Women's Health and Safe....... [more]




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