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7 Far-Reaching Findings in Dutch Climate Legal Victory

Kelly Rigg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Kelly Rigg

In April I wrote about a landmark Dutch lawsuit on climate action that, if successful, would put the world's governments on notice. Today the Hague District Court ruled in favor of the Urgenda Foundation and its nearly 900 co-plaintiffs. The court's findings are extraordinary and could set precedent in cases around the world.

Patriots Punished in Northern Cyprus: A Modern Day Political Occupation

Olena Kagui | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, a Turkish-Speaking Cypriot couple, were charged for hanging the Cyprus Republic's flag outside their home and shop in Famagusta in June 2013. They were arrested and put in jail on June 21st 2013 and their original trial was postponed until June 11th 2014.

Lawyer: The Illinois Supreme Court Has a Lot of Work on Its Hands With Pension Reform Law

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The seven justices have been tasked with judging whether or not the state's failing pension systems can be saved by adopting the 2013 pension reform law. The law, which would dial back some of Illinois' public pension system benefits, was found unconstitutional in a lower court. Now, the highest court in the state will have its say.

Plan B's Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama administration is trying to have it both ways on the "morning after" pill, and by doing so is taking a firm anti-scientific stand for irrationality. But Obama promised us all, in his first campaign, to do away with having politics dictate federal scientific policy.

Court Rules That Sex Offenders Are A-OK On Facebook

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 01.23.2013 | Technology

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by childr...

Man Charged With Shooting Wife, Chopping Her Up With Saw

AP | AMY FORLITI | Posted 01.10.2013 | Crime

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting his wife after an argument, sawing her body into pieces and hiding her remains in p...

Why a Dog is a Man's (or Woman's) Best Friend

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Kate Kelly

"A man's best friend is his dog." Dog lovers know this is true, but few know where the saying comes from.

One Teen's Fate: The Math of a 100-Year Sentence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.01.2012 | Crime
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that it is unconstitutional to sentence a minor to life without parole -- except for homicide -- cases like Rodrigo Caballero's fall under a gray area based on the wording of the law.

John Rudolf

Judge Grants George Zimmerman Bail | John Rudolf | Posted 06.20.2012 | Black Voices

A Florida judge has granted bail for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-ye...

Federal Appeals Court Reviews Georgia Firing Of Transgender Woman

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

ATLANTA — A former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change said she was encouraged Thursday after several federal appea...

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part II)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

The legal complications of the constructive nature of memory are clear: being an accurate eyewitness is far more difficult that we give it credit for.

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part I)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.30.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

Few moments in a courtroom are as compelling to a jury as seeing a confident witness point out a defendant and say, "that's the man I saw at the crime scene."

Tea Party, Labor Spend big in Wisconsin High Court Race

AP | By DINESH RAMDE | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pro-labor organizations and one of the country's largest tea party groups are pouring money into Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court e...

Toyota Asks Court To Dismiss Acceleration Lawsuits

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Toyota Motor Corp. has asked a federal court in California to throw out lawsuits over acceleration defects in its cars, saying many o...

Energy Companies Win Katrina Greenhouse-Gas Suit After Eight Federal Judges' Recusals | Mark Schleifstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

So many members of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have recused themselves from a rehearing of a lawsuit that charges energy companies with cont...

Possible Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Prompts White House To Ask Congress For $10 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The White House is asking Congress to approve $10 million for potential litigation costs arising from the oil spill in the Gulf of ...

TBN Harassment Lawsuit Settlemed: Christian TV Network, Gay Former Employee Reach Deal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A gay former engineer at the Christian broadcast giant Trinity Broadcasting Network has settled a civil lawsuit that alleged...

Joseph Collins Sentenced In Refco Fraud Case: Chicago Lawyer Gets 7 Years In Prison

AP | By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK — A Chicago lawyer has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a federal judge who said his excessive loyalty to Refco Inc. led him to h...

PepsiCo's $1.26 Billion Case: How Did This Happen? | Erin Geiger Smith|Oct. 28, 2009, 8:02 AM |8 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PepsiCo has been hit with a $1.26 billion judgment for failing to respond -- at all -- to a lawsuit. If someone sues you and you fail to show up, the ...

Landmark Human Rights Trial Bowoto v. Chevron to Begin October 27th

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

For the first time, a U.S. company could potentially be held liable in U.S. courts for gross human rights abuses committed in their overseas operations.

Women Accused Of Gluing Man's Penis To Stomach Must Stand Trial

AP | ROBERT IMRIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHILTON, Wis. — A man whose penis was glued to his stomach testified Tuesday that a motel tryst with a girlfriend involving a bondage fantasy tu...

Tort Liability

Eugene Volokh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Volokh

People should be free to leave their lovers, and even "flaunt[]" their new relationships, without a government agency deciding whether such behavior was "unreasonabl[e]".

Los Angeles City College "Sexual Harassment" Policy Preliminarily Enjoined on First Amendment Grounds

Eugene Volokh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Volokh

The professor apparently called the student a "fascist bastard" in front of the class for having supported Prop. 8 and refused to let the student finish the presentation.

Bowoto v. Chevron: The Oil Men and the Juju Man

Scott Gilmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Gilmore

What happens when an oil company gets its back to the wall in a human rights lawsuit? Like a cornered hound, it goes on the attack.

Bowoto v. Chevron: What's Really at Stake?

Daniel Firger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Firger

Since the state of the law is so unsettled on this point, the decision in Bowoto is likely to have a big impact on the way future human rights lawsuits are litigated. Chevron knows this, of course.