April 1, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two bankruptcy cases. In Harris v. Viegelahn the court must decide "whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the former Chapter 13 trustee ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc., seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals in wastewater treatment. ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector ...[read more]
May 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the court to reverse its decision that struck down a law requiring residents to show good cause to carry a concealed firearm. Earlier this month the court ruled that the ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Harris, Willamette University College of Law, Class of 2014, discusses the many institutional problems faced by foster children with behavioral health issues...Approximately 35 percent of children and teens enter foster care with significant dental and oral health ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia certified a class action lawsuit on Friday challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. "The amended proposed class ... meets the requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation," US ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a collective bargaining case as well as a laches case on Tuesday. In Harris v. Quinn the court heard arguments on whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a private organization as their exclusive ...[read more]

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