Alabama legislature passes Arizona-style immigration law

By |2011-07-28T20:52:31+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 56 text; materials] expanding restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The House voted 67-29 and the Senate voted 25-7 to pass the bill that includes measures comparable to those passed in Arizona [JURIST report] last year. The bill permits police officers to detain a person stopped for a traffic violation if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" the person is in the country illegally. The officer must...

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Boies, Olson Video: "The freedom to marry is a constitutional right as recognized in Loving v. Virginia."

By |2011-07-28T19:15:21+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In a video released on the eve of the latest round of oral arguments in the ongoing challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies draw a parallel between their case and the landmark Supreme Court case Loving ...

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New York AG sues US government for failure to study fracking impact

By |2011-07-28T17:27:09+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The New York attorney general on Wednesday filed a complaint [text, PDF] against the US government for failing to investigate the risks of hydraulic fracturing [EPA backgrounder], or "fracking," a controversial technique used to release natural shale gas. The complaint seeks to compel a number of federal agencies to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [EPA materials] by investigating the environmental impact of fracking and making the findings available to the public prior to adopting a proposal...

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Minnesota governor vetoes bills restricting abortion rights

By |2011-07-28T15:17:54+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton [official website] vetoed a pair of bills [veto HF 201; veto HF 936] Wednesday that restricted state funding for abortions and banned them altogether after 20 weeks. Dayton vetoed Chapter 59 [text] of Minnesota House File 936, which would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks based on "substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization." In Dayton's veto he said, "imposing civil penalties and making...

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Supreme Court Sets High Bar for Finding Induced Infringement

By |2011-07-28T12:18:58+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In the war between tech companies and the so-called patent trolls who sue them, the Supreme Court on Tuesday handed defense lawyers a powerful tool, raising the standards for finding that a defendant has induced infringement.

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Mack Trucks Settles Class Action for $525 Mil.

By |2011-07-28T11:23:37+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Mack Trucks and its corporate parent, Volvo, have agreed to pay $525 million to settle a class action brought by more than 9,300 Mack retirees to challenge threatened reductions to their lifetime health benefits.

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Former Weil Bankruptcy 'Star' Leaves for Claims Trading Business

By |2011-07-28T02:04:20+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Shai Waisman, a former business finance and restructuring partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and one of the top legal billers on the Lehman bankruptcy case, has left Weil to join claims trading operation Claims Recovery Group LLC, according to sources.

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DLA Piper's Lateral Hiring Binge Continues With 4 More Hires

By |2011-07-28T01:18:16+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

The world's largest law firm by attorney headcount continued to grow this week. DLA Piper added four more partners on Wednesday, including two practice group leaders from White & Case in New York and two IP and technology partners from Pillsbury Winthr...

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Missouri lawmakers approve late-term abortion ban

By |2011-07-28T00:52:17+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[JURIST] The Missouri House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday gave final approval [press release] to legislation [HB 213 materials] that would ban abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure, passed by a vot...

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Alito Owned Stock, Voted in Case Involving Disney's ABC

By |2011-07-28T00:39:17+00:00July 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says it was "a mistake" for him to take part in a 2008 high court case over curse words on television involving ABC and other networks when he owned stock in ABC's parent, Walt Disney Co., at the time.

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