The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, which will determine if the government is able to initiate review proceedings for patents. Return Mail Inc. had filed a patent infringement suit against the US Postal Service (USPS). USPS initiated a review proceeding with the Patent Trial [...]

News & Commentary

The New York City Commission on Human Rights released a guidance document on Monday detailing the implications of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), which protects New Yorkers from hair-based discrimination. The Commission stated that anti-black bias and racism includes discrimination based on characteristics that are associated with being black. This manifests in [...]

READ MORE

An Appeals Court in Turkey on Tuesday upheld the convictions of 14 employees of Cumhuriyet, a Turkish news outlet that has been critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The defendants—including journalists, a cartoonist, executives and accountants—were sentenced in April to prison terms between four and eight years “on charges of acting on behalf of a terrorist group [...]

READ MORE

Human Rights Watch called Monday for a greater response against cow protection vigilante groups in India. Between May 2015 and December 2018, 44 people were killed and 280 injured in attacks by militant Hindu groups against those linked to beef consumption in the country. Most of the victims are Muslim minorities, from indigenous communities or [...]

READ MORE

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Maryland’s bid to revive a 2017 law aimed at reining in prescription drug costs. The law, aimed specifically at the practice of price gouging by pharmaceutical companies, was enacted after several high-profile price increases. In particular, Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015 increased the price of its anti-parasitic [...]

READ MORE

Judge Thomas Wingate of the Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky on Monday denied secretary of state candidate Carl Neff’s request to appear on the 2019 Primary Election ballot under the nickname “Trump,” saying it would give an unfair advantage. The decision upholds Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ position that Neff offered the nickname “in [...]

READ MORE

A 16-state coalition filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday, requesting the court to issue a judicial determination that Trump’s national emergency declaration over the southern border wall is unconstitutional. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit, saying Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border is unlawful and constitutional. “Unlawful [...]

READ MORE