April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved two measures that, if signed into law, will require state abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical centers and require women to wait 48 hours after receiving counseling before being able to get an abortion. The measures have been sent to Republican ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted of appointing a lawyer ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on Wednesday urged the international community to prepare itself for the "massive displacement and humanitarian crisis" that could come as a result of civilians fleeing the fighting in Yemen, stating that they ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt may join a lawsuit that seeks to compel the state of Missouri to unseal details on its execution methods. This decision reverses a lower court ruling that found that the magazine publisher did ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two bankruptcy cases. In Harris v. Viegelahn the court must decide "whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the former Chapter 13 trustee ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that Alabama's redistricting plans did not improperly rely on race to determine voting districts. In a close 5-4 decision, the court found in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the decision of the US District Court for ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday after facing death threats for the representation of his ex-client. Lawyer Samiullah Kahn Afridi was shot while returning to his Peshawar home. Two Pakistan militant groups, Taliban faction ...[read more]

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