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Legal news from Monday, June 10, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Peugh v. United States that there is an ex post facto violation when a defendant is sentenced under US Sentencing Guidelines promulgated after he committed his criminal acts and the new version provides a higher applicable Guidelines sentencing range than the …

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by G. Redd

Several US lawmakers called Sunday for a review of the government's surveillance activity in light of recent reports revealing phone and Internet monitoring. Lawmakers have also called for a criminal investigation into the activities of Edward Snowden, who came forward on Sunday as the whistleblower in the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance scandal. Snowden is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter that an arbitrator did not exceed his powers under §10(a)(4) of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) when he found that the parties' contract provided for class arbitration. Respondent John Sutter, a pediatrician, entered into a contract with petitioner …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction to review petitioners' takings claim. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order require raisin growers to turn over a percentage of …

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by G. Redd

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai demanded Saturday that all prisoners of war held by UK forces at Bagram Airfield be released into Afghan custody. The estimated number of detainees is more than 80. Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, confirmed that Karzai instructed National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta to ask the British …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether a court or the arbitrator determines if a precondition to arbitration has been satisfied in disputes involving a multi-staged dispute resolution process. The case involves a Bilateral Investment Treaty between the …

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