January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Virginia officials reached a $520,000 settlement Wednesday over attorney's fees with challengers of the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs are allowed to seek attorney's fees because they successfully challenged the marriage ban under a federal civil rights law. Two law firms ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A representative of Google signed an agreement Friday to rewrite the company's current privacy policy in response to pressure from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO brought an action for breach of privacy on behalf of more than 100 users of Apple's Safari browser who claim ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Supreme Court of Canada held on Friday that a worker's right to strike is constitutionally protected. The court's decision came after a challenge to the constitutionality of a Saskatchewan statute that limited the ability of "essential service employees" from participating in any strike action ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine Democrats joining the ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the scheduled execution of three death-row inmates in Oklahoma "pending final disposition of the case." This came after Oklahoma issued new protocol allowing for alternative drug combinations to be used in executions. One of the drugs used is midazolam, ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]

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