May 27, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced a settlement with the Cleveland police department, which has agreed to adopt stringent standards over how and when its officers can use force. The results of a DOJ investigation announced in December found a pattern of "unreasonable and ...[read more]
May 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Commil USA, LLC., v. Cisco Systems, Inc. that a "good faith" belief of a patent's invalidity is not a defense to a claim of induced patent infringement under 35 USC 271(b). Commil USA, which holds a patent for technology that allows wireless devices to move ...[read more]
May 23, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
On Saturday Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by national referendum. The results showed that 62.1% of voters were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The traditionally conservative Catholic country surprised the international community and moved from ...[read more]
May 23, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
More than a year after Qatar's government promised reform for migrant workers, little to no improvement has been made, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The government announced in November that the kafala sponsorship system, which currently limits the rights of foreign workers, is to be ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives ...[read more]
May 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Obama administration on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended by a task-force created in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]

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