Legal news from Saturday, May 10, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, striking down both the Arkansas General Assembly Act 144 of 1997 and the 2004 Amendment 83 of the Arkansas State Constitution [text, PDF]. Reviewing not only … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] a challenge to new Environmental Protection Agency [(EPA) official website] standards for manufacturing plant air pollutant output. The petitioners had requested review of a final rule by the EPA regarding minimum … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that programming interfaces in Oracle's Java technology can be protected under US copyright law, allowing Oracle to pursue its legal case against Google [corporate websites]. The litigation arose four year ago when Oracle sued … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion] Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the Office of General Counsel [official website] will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order … [read more]

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] a bill [HB 112 materials], requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) [FDA backgrounder]. This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO … [read more]

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