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California plastic bag ban halted by referendum petition
February 25, 2015
The implementation of California's plastic bag ban, which was set to go into effect in July, has been halted by a successful referendum petition. The trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance (ACPA) collected more than 800,000 signatures on their petition. A random sampling of these signatures....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Google antitrust suit
February 22, 2015
A federal judge for the Northern District of California on Friday dismissed a class action suit against Google for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to represent a class of Andr....... [more]

Reconsidering Vaccine Exemptions to Advance the Public's Health
February 19, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US....... [more]

Holt v. Hobbs and the Struggle over Religious Freedom
February 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven Smith, of the University of San Diego School of Law, discusses the significance surrounding the decision made in Holt v. Hobbs and our nation's commitment to religious freedom ...In Holt v. Hobbs, the US Supreme Court methodically applied the Religious Land Use and In....... [more]

California suit aims to permit doctor-assisted suicide
February 12, 2015
Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California Sta....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to NSA warrantless surveillance
February 11, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, cla....... [more]

California lawmakers to propose strict vaccination legislation
February 5, 2015
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," b....... [more]

"The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time": Transgender Equality and the Right to Choose Your Bathroom
February 2, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Eisner, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eleventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Eisner discusses the California's School Success and Opportunity Act and tr....... [more]

California lawmakers propose assisted suicide bill
January 22, 2015
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 bef....... [more]

Impediments to Justice and Recognition in the Khmer Rouge Tribunals
January 19, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Yvonne Y. Kwan, doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the politics surrounding the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunals ...Political narratives of pain and suffering are most often constructed by those who sanction the production and....... [more]

Safety of Uber Questioned in Lawsuit Filed
January 10, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses the lawsuit filed by district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles regarding the safety of Uber ... On Tuesday, December 9th, district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles filed a co....... [more]




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