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Legal news from Wednesday, December 5, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied a request for a rehearing on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulations that require tobacco companies to display graphic images on their packaging. In a 2-1 decision issued in August, the … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys for the federal government on Monday filed a motion [text, PDF] with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma [official website] to dismiss a complaint challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt [official website] had … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday struck down two state laws, HB 2780 and HB 1970 [opinions], limiting abortion rights for physicians and patients for unconstitutionality. The first law [HB 2780 text] mandated that physicians must require that any patient seeking an abortion undergo an ultra-sound, whereby … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur [official website] on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967 Richard Falk called on Israel [press release] Wednesday to fully implement and continue to support the recent conflict-ending ceasefire agreement with Palestinians in Gaza. Falk concluded a week-long … [read more]

[JURIST] An Arizona judge ruled [text, PDF] Monday that Arizona's medical marijuana law is constitutional and instructed the state to permit dispensaries to open. Judge Michael Gordon of the Maricopa County Superior Court [official website] rebuffed arguments from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne [official website] that federal laws barring the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Israeli court has approved the nation's first same-sex divorce even though the country does not officially recognize same-sex marriage. The court ruled Sunday that the couple, who were married in Canada and live in Israel, should be recognized as married and should be allowed to sever the relationship … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] addressed the growing issue of global business' role in gross human rights abuses in a statement [text] on Tuesday. In addressing the Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, Pillay detailed the importance of taking steps to implement the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal rule requiring mobile-data providers to offer roaming agreements to other providers on "commercially reasonable" terms. In April 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] adopted the data roaming … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] on Tuesday refused to issue an injunction [text, PDF] to block a pending law preventing mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Claiming that the challenge to the … [read more]

[JURIST] Iranian lawyer and prominent human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ended a 49-day hunger strike in protest of her prison conditions and a travel ban imposed on her family. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern [press release] for … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] Tuesday. In Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether a 180-day statutory time limit for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] released a unanimous opinion Tuesday in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] on the Federal government's immunity under the Takings Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Fifth Amendment [text]. The decision held that the government does not … [read more]

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