January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or less to live ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 17-year-old is not mature enough to reject chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The teen, Cassandra, and her mother refused chemotherapy after two initial treatments because they believe chemotherapy is a poison causing more harm than good and ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Addison Morris
Vojislav Seselj returned home to Serbia on Wednesday, following his temporary release from prison. The Serbian far-right ultranationalist leader has been in custody at The Hague since 2003, after he was accused of war crimes and recruiting paramilitary forces during the 1990s Balkan conflicts. UN ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
June 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand on Thursday approved a new regulation requiring packs of cigarettes sold in the Southeast Asian country to be 85 percent covered with graphic health warnings. The new graphic health warnings have 10 variations, including messages such as "smoking causes ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill allowing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act garnered bipartisan support and was passed by the State Assembly this ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the Cook County Clerk to immediately issue a marriage license to same-sex couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray and Ewert petitioned for an immediate marriage license due to Gray's battle with terminal ...[read more]
September 25, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Monday filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents who have cancer ...[read more]
July 30, 2013
by Endia Vereen
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse—and not the parents—of a deceased city lawyer should receive the proceeds of her firm's profit-sharing plan. Sarah Ellyn Farley and Jennifer Tobits were married in 2006 and soon... ...[read more]
February 15, 2013
by Max Slater
An Australian court ruled Friday that an American biotech company can patent a human gene linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The Federal Court of Australia held that Myriad Genetics, a US biotech firm, could patent the gene BRCA1 because the gene is not natural, but rather the product ...[read more]

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