US District Judge Robert Pitman for the Western District of Texas Wednesday blocked a Texas law that would prohibit large social media platforms from censoring users based on their viewpoints. This law was set to take effect Thursday.  House Bill 20 prohibits social media platforms from censoring users’ digital expression based on viewpoints or geographic [...]

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Two elections workers from Fulton County, Georgia filed a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against The Gateway Pundit, a popular far-right website that allegedly spread false accusations that the workers committed mass voter fraud. The lawsuit specifically names The Gateway Pundit’s owner Jim Hoft and his brother Joe Hoft, a contributor to the site. Among other [...]

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Following the reimposition of US sanctions on Iran on May 8, 2018, a Swedish bandage maker, Mölnlycke, decided to halt shipments to Iran, and this decision has affected patients in Iran who are affected by a severe and life-threatening rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Many patients in Iran, where an estimated 800 to [...]

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Abstract: Ideas of Natural Law were crucial in drafting the US Constitution. These seminal ideas were made known to document “framers” largely by way of William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. The Commentaries represent the truest philosophic origins of America’s legal system. In these dissembling times of recurrent political manipulation, Blackstone’s work warrants [...]

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Thursday approved a $9 million settlement agreement with Uber for the company’s failure to report data on sexual harassment and assault. The approved settlement agreement is between CPUC’s Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division, Uber, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. In its 2019 US Safety Report, Uber [...]

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Thursday that it would begin re-implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, a Trump-era policy also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers. The announcement follows an August US Supreme Court order requiring the MPP to restart over the Biden Administration’s objections. The Remain [...]

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A dispute between the Chief Justice of Nepal and other members of the country’s Supreme Court and bar has been going on for weeks now. With the independence of Nepal’s judiciary in question, both the judicial system and its services have been affected. Recently, the procedural rules of the top court were amended to introduce [...]

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Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the Taliban takeover. Here, a Staff Correspondent for JURIST in Kabul comments on newly-announced pay scales for civil servants that reduce the remuneration of virtually all positions.  For privacy and security reasons, we are withholding our Correspondent’s name. The [...]

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Five major publishing companies have filed a lawsuit against Shopify over pirated learning materials like PDFs of ebooks and test materials. Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning, Elsevier, McGraw Hill and Pearson Education allege that the e-commerce platform failed to remove listings and stores that violate each publishers’ trademarks and copyrights. Their complaint, filed Wednesday in the US [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law banning all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This case arises out of a lawsuit between Jackson Women’s Health Organization—the only abortion provider in the state—and the state of Mississippi. Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed [...]

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