February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned for two weeks due to lack of eyewitnesses. Baher Mohamed and ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down part of the nation's anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law pertaining to lawyers, on the grounds that the legislation infringed on lawyers' duty to their clients. A unanimous court found that provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Greece's new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech before the Greek parliament stated that country's civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples. In 2013 the ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The London High Court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC, which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting NITC's request at a hearing on Monday. NITC ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Romanian Parliament on Wednesday voted to allow prosecutors to investigate prominent politician Elena Udrea on suspicion of corruption. A parliamentary committee voted 20-1 to launch a formal criminal investigation of Udrea, who is accused of taking bribes, making false statements and ...[read more]

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