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Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
July 24, 2014
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three i....... [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]

New York governor signs bill legalizing medical marijuana
July 7, 2014
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed the Compassionate Care Act into law, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. The bill legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transport or administration of medical marijuana by a designated caregiver for a c....... [more]

Second Circuit Undermines Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability
July 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Akshat Tewary of the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary discusses Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability in reference to SEC v. Citigroup... The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that could debilitate the ability of the judiciary to serve....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses two counts against Rengan Rajaratnam in insider trading trial
July 2, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday dismissed two securities fraud counts against Rengan Rajaratnam, the brother Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the now defunct Galleon Group. US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that a reasonable jury would n....... [more]

New York high court strikes down cyberbullying law
July 2, 2014
The New York Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 Tuesday that a criminal cyberbullying statute enacted by the Albany County Legislature violated the First Amendment. The defendant, a 15-year-old high school student, was criminally prosecuted under the law after he "anonymously posted sexual information about....... [more]

New York top court rules towns may ban fracking
July 1, 2014
The New York Court of Appeals ruled Monday that towns can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, within their town lines. In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that prohibited gas drilling....... [more]

New York City to provide lawyers for poor immigrants facing deportation
June 27, 2014
New York lawmakers have approved funding for a program to provide lawyers to indigent residents facing deportation hearings. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project was created last year but was only funded at $500,000. Wednesday's vote by the New York City Council expands funding to $4.9 milli....... [more]

New York top court upholds ruling blocking sugary drink ban
June 26, 2014
The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 Thursday that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its powers as a regulatory authority by banning the serving of large portions of sugary drinks. The Portion Cap Rule bans the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, although this does not apply to conveni....... [more]

SEC files lawsuit to enforce insider trading subpoenas issued to Congress
June 21, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York hoping to compel Congress to comply with subpoenas it received requesting information on an insider trading case the commission is investigating. The subpoenas ask fo....... [more]

Free Exercise vs. Establishment of Religion
May 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ... The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government-established....... [more]




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