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Legal news from Friday, August 16, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] on Thursday permanently blocked [order, PDF] an Oklahoma amendment banning courts from using international or Islamic law. The constitutional amendment [SQ 755, PDF] would have prevented Oklahoma courts from "look[ing] to the legal precepts … [read more]

[JURIST] A 2012 internal audit [materials] released by the Washington Post on Thursday revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] broke numerous privacy laws since 2008. Congress approved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act [text, PDF] in 2008, granting the NSA broad authority to conduct surveillance of Americans … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Court of Protection [official website] ruled Friday that a man with learning disabilities who does not possess the capacity to provide informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests." The man, known as DE, has already fathered one child with his girlfriend … [read more]

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] vetoed a bill [press release] on Thursday that would have mandated drug testing for some public benefit applicants in the state. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis [official website], a supporter of the bill [HB 392, materials], released a statement [press release] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Michigan's right-to-work law [PA 349 text], applies to civil service employees. PA 349 makes it illegal for employers to require employees to pay union dues, and is viewed by its opponents as a legislative attack on organized … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] three Vermont statutes [text, PDF; text, PDF; text, PDF] regulating the safety of nuclear power plants. The court held that state regulations were preempted by the Federal Power Act and the Atomic … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) [advocacy website] has filed a class-action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday against the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) [official website] challenging its policy requiring drug testing of residents in mixed-income developments. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern … [read more]

[JURIST] CACI International Inc. "CACI" [corporate website], a US military defense contractor, has filed suit against former detainees of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] seeking legal expenses after a group of four plaintiffs filed lawsuits [CCR materials] against CACI in 2009, accusing the company of crimes against humanity, sexual assault, … [read more]

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