May 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The High Court of Kanartaka, on Monday cleared former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, of all corruption charges on appeal. In the judgment, Justice CR Kumaraswamy wrote that the lower court ruling "sufferfrom infirmity, and is not sustainable law." Monday's decision will allow... ...[read more]
May 4, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank that a bankruptcy court's order denying confirmation of a debtor's proposed repayment plan is not a final order that the debtor can immediately appeal. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion for a unanimous court. In the opinion, the ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
February 28, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up the litigation process in military ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in hopes of ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that, after two years of litigation, Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Monday reached an agreement to settle a series of lawsuits for $1.375 billion. The lawsuits accuse the credit rating firm of defrauding investors and sending out inaccurate ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Federal courts overturned the same-sex marriage bans in Texas and Mississippi, while another federal court upheld Louisiana's ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani, of the ACLU of Georgia, discusses a recent controversy surrounding a mosque in Georgia ... Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. the court heard arguments on (1) whether the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's (TTAB) finding of a likelihood of confusion precludes Hargis from relitigating that issue in ...[read more]

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