JURIST legal news archive...

Aaron Hernandez, OJ Simpson and the Evolution of Justice for the NFL?
April 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernan....... [more]

Vietnam veteran files suit against VA office
April 7, 2015
The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley Monk Jr., is a Marine....... [more]

Families of Sandy Hook victims sue shooter's mother's estate
March 15, 2015
The victims' families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre filed complaints on Friday against the Estate of Nancy Lanza, the deceased mother of gunman Adam Lanza, alleging that she carelessly gave her son access to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle he used in the shooting. The lawsuits claim t....... [more]

Connecticut Supreme Court rules 17-year-old cannot refuse chemotherapy
January 9, 2015
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 17-year-old is not mature enough to reject chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The teen, Cassandra, and her mother refused chemotherapy after two initial treatments because they believe chemotherapy is a poison causing more harm than good and woul....... [more]

Families of Newtown shooting victims file lawsuit against gun distributor and store
December 15, 2014
Families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Connecticut Monday, alleging that the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting were negligent. The lawsuit names manufacturer Bushmaster, f....... [more]

FBI report: mass shootings occurring more frequently in US
September 25, 2014
According to an FBI report released Wednesday, the number of mass shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically. The study focused on 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013, including the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]

Vietnam veterans with PTSD file lawsuit in federal court
March 3, 2014
Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint, which names the US Army, Navy a....... [more]

Federal judge upholds Connecticut gun control law
January 31, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the state's new gun control law, while still acknowledging the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. The new law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in De....... [more]

Supreme Court rules in ERISA disability benefits case
December 16, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued that her claim was timel....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Connecticut gun control lawsuit
December 3, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's new gun-control law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The lawsuit was brought by the Connecticut-based firearms trade assoc....... [more]