March 27, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The February decision from the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters declaring the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas a terrorist organization was annulled on Friday. The initial decision was based on lawsuits alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Kansas and Arizona on Wednesday filed notice of an appeal to the US Supreme Court asking that federal elections officials force residents of their states to prove US citizenship before registering to vote. In November the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the two states cannot ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held in a 7-2 decision that a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may be sufficient to establish issue preclusion in a patent dispute. The case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. centers around the similarity of a trademark ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Judge Callie Granade of the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on Monday refused to stay her order to a probate judge that he must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This new order states that the Probate Court of Mobile County must comply with her ruling in ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was convicted in 2013 of paying for sex with an underage exotic dancer and then abusing his power to cover up the crime. However, last year an appeals court overturned the conviction ...[read more]

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