December 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison. The lawsuit comes after an August report by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage inmates at the facility. ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced policy changes to the US-Cuba relationship. Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to reestablish diplomatic relations and to review Cuba?s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. He also announced "steps to increase travel, comme... ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. The case involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Company, LLC v. Owens that a defendant seeking removal to federal court must indicate only a plausible allegation that the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold. The notice need not contain evidentiary ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in four cases. In Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank the court will decide whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. In Kimble ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases concerning time bars for filing claims against the US government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). In United States v. Wong the court heard arguments on whether the six-month time bar for filing suit in federal court under ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Gelboim v. Bank of America Corporation the court heard arguments on whether and in what circumstances the dismissal of an action that has been consolidated with other suits is immediately appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Warger v. Shauers that a party seeking a new trial may not use one juror's affidavit of what another juror said in deliberations to demonstrate the other juror's dishonesty during voir dire. During voir dire in a personal injury suit, a potential juror pledged ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that employees are not entitled to overtime pay for the time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift security screening procedures. The plaintiffs are warehouse workers at various sorting facilities connected to ...[read more]

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