U.S. Legal Industry Adds 1,500 Jobs in April

By |2011-07-29T22:30:21+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

The legal industry reversed a losing streak in April by adding 1,500 jobs after two straight months of decline, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly employment report shows.

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Supreme Court rules on breach of contract suit involving state secrets

By |2011-07-29T11:48:41+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in General Dynamics Corp v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder] that when the court dismisses a valid prima facie affirmative defense to the governme...

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Federal judge upholds Ohio law limiting 'abortion pill'

By |2011-07-29T10:40:42+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday upheld an Ohio law [2919.123 text] that limits the use of the "abortion pill," overturning a 2006 injunction [JURIST report]. The law requires that the use of the pill, RU-486 [FDA guidelines], conform with federal guidelines, which currently do not allow the pill to be used after seven weeks of pregnancy. Judge Susan Dlott originally placed an injunction on the law [opinion,...

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Somali pirate pleads guilty in US court

By |2011-07-29T06:33:46+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] A Somali man pleaded guilty [FBI press release] to charges of piracy and hostage taking on Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] for overtaking a yacht containing four American citizens. The Am...

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Supreme Court grants securities fraud class certification without proof of loss causation

By |2011-07-29T04:58:14+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that, though a party to a private securities fraud action mus...

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Supreme Court rules securities company not liable to investors for misstatements

By |2011-07-29T01:02:31+00:00July 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Janus Capital Group v. First Derivative Traders [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a service provider cannot be held primarily liabl...

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Justice Scalia Takes On Congress, a Favorite Target

By |2011-07-28T23:04:36+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not the sort who leaves people wondering what he really thinks, especially when it comes to members of Congress. In two opinions Thursday, Scalia disparaged lawmakers as sleepy and lazy. (No word on whether he al...

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Federal judge approves Google Buzz privacy settlement

By |2011-07-28T22:38:23+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] Tuesday approved a settlement agreement [text, PDF] in a privacy lawsuit against Google [corporate website] over its Buzz [website] social networking ...

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Federal judge allows environmental groups' lawsuit against ExxonMobil

By |2011-07-28T22:08:32+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday permitted two environmental groups to sue a Texas refinery owned by ExxonMobil Corp. [corporate website] for failing to enforce federal environmental standards. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas [advocacy website...

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Wyoming high court rules same-sex couple can divorce

By |2011-07-28T22:04:47+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The Wyoming Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion] Monday that a same-sex couple married in Canada can get a divorce in Wyoming. The couple was legally married in Canada in 2008 and began divorce proceedings in Wyoming, where the couple resides. A district court determined it did not have subject-matter jurisdiction to adjudicate an action to dissolve a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] because Wyoming state statute defines marriage as "a civil contract between a male and a female...

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