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Legal news from Thursday, February 6, 2014
by Matthew Pomy

On Wednesday, a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that a law banning the formation of graduate student unions was unconstitutional. Judge Mark Goldsmith found that the law violates the Michigan constitution's "change of purpose" clause. The law was rushed through the statehouse having several …

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by Matthew Pomy

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled a new state budget on Wednesday that would allocate state funds to be used to cover Detroit workers' pensions, currently the subject of controversy in the city's bankruptcy proceeding. The plan sets aside $17.5 million annually for 20 years from funds the state received in a settlement with …

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by Peter Snyder

Attorneys for the State of Utah seeking to overturn a federal court decision that struck down a state ban on gay marriage filed a brief on Tuesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In December a judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah struck down …

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by Amy Mathieu

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped former mayor Michael Bloomberg's appeal on Friday to the judge-ordered reform of New York's stop-and-frisk program. Police Commissioner William Bratton supported de Blasio's decision to drop the appeal. Bratton believes that the policy has caused distrust between the people of …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a response letter Thursday declining to define “Natural” in the context of food labeling. The letter was in response to three cases involving allegations of false advertising of food products; more specifically, whether food products containing bioengineered ingredients may be labeled as “Natural,” “All Natural” or “100% …

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by Cynthia Miley

Human Rights Watch claimed Wednesday that the execution-style killing of four Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) counter-terrorism forces members is the latest indication of a systematic murder campaign amounting to crimes against humanity. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), a group that was recently disavowed by Al Qaeda [JURIST …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday entered into agreements with the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to dispose of chemical weapons within the country. The announcement of the agreement came from Russian officials and was also announced on Syrian television and radio stations. It comes only a …

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