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Legal news from Monday, June 24, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Supreme Court on Monday released two opinions that narrow the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, holding that an employer will only be held vicariously liable for an employee's discriminatory conduct if the employee's behavior ends in a tangible employment action against the victim; and that employees bringing Title …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday in United States v. Kebodeaux that the federal government can compel a convicted sex offender to register with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006 (SORNA) even if the offender completed his sentence before SORNA was enacted. In an opinion …

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by G. Redd

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday affirmed the conviction of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, rejecting his argument that wiretap evidence was used improperly to convict him. Rajaratnam was convicted in 2011 on 14 counts related to insider trading and sentenced to 11 years in …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Bartlett that generic drug design defect claims that turn on the adequacy of a drug's warnings are preempted by federal law under PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing. Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-1 Monday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that the appeals court did not apply the correct standard in upholding a ruling for the university in an affirmative action challenge. Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to review the president's recess appointment power. In NLRB v. Noel Canning [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide: (1) whether the president's recess-appointment power may be exercised during a recess that occurs within a session of the Senate or is instead limited to …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution to strengthen efforts to end impunity for sexual violence affecting not only large numbers of women and girls, but also men and boys. The resolution emphasizes more consistent and rigorous investigation and prosecution of sexual violence crimes as a central aspect …

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