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A federal judge in Texas early this week refuses to lift an injunction blocking the Obama administration’s immigration policy to defer deportations for illegal immigrants living in the United States. Andrew Hanen, a U.S. district judge, shot down a request by the Obama administration to lift his previous ruling which... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Legal Radar
Several art activists filed a federal suit against New York City and claimed their First Amendment rights were being violated during last year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art protest. The plaintiffs utilized mobile video projectors to show political messages and images. NYC police officers, who were present during the protest, seized... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Legal Radar
The tobacco industry won’t have to include messages on their packaging indicating of them lying to American public, according to a federal court of appeals ruling in Washington, D.C. The federal court of appeals last week ruled that tobacco firms are required to inform their consumers that cigarettes are made... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Legal Radar
Several police officers who have been charged for the death of Freddie Gray were recently indicted by a jury. The latest in the case have led to protests and riots all over Baltimore. It also sparked another nationwide debate over police force. Gray, 25 years old, died on April 19,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Legal Radar
The Supreme Court made a ruling in favor of Tony Henderson, an ex-U.S. Border patrol agent, who was convicted on a 2006 felony and sought to sell his firearms that involved personal guns and several old weapons. The court made a unanimous decision early this week saying that once a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Legal Radar
Lawmakers in Illinois recently passed a bill that would allow public employee pension funds to spill investments in firms participating in Israel Boycotts. Early this week, the bill passed the Illinois House of Representatives. The Illinois State made the approval on a 49-0 vote last month. Sponsors are seeking counteracting... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Legal Radar
Manhattan prosecutors will likely have a retrial of a New Jersey resident who was charged with the disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979. Cyrus Vance Jr., a District Attorney, announced of the retrial early this week after the initial trial left the jury hanging early this month. 54-year old Pedro... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Legal Radar
Manhattan prosecutors will likely have a retrial of a New Jersey resident who was charged with the disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979. Cyrus Vance Jr., a District Attorney, announced of the retrial early this week after the initial trial left the jury hanging early this month. 54-year old Pedro... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Legal Radar
A federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco early this week overturned last year’s ruling that demanded Google to remove a YouTube video, in which an actress was seen to have made anti-Muslim statements. A majority of the 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Legal Radar
Texas Republicans are pushing hard in legislation to prevent local officials from issuing gay marriage licenses in the state, launching a strike against a possible court ruling next month from the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling may or not declare same sex marriage legal. Such measure from Cecil Bell, a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Legal Radar
Just recently, a federal lawmaker is making a proposal to ban bankruptcy trustees from attempting to claw back tuition funds from universities (and in some instances, college students) --- a legal strategy that may arise in a bankruptcy case. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, brought a bill that would... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Legal Radar
Early this week, the Supreme Court in Sweden shot down Julian Assange’s appeal of a pre-detention trial order of a 5-year old alleged sex crimes probe. Assange is the living founder of WikiLeaks. The SC in Stockholm maintained its lower court rulings by requesting a detention of Assange, indicating no... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Legal Radar
A police officer from Raleigh who spilled a Starbucks coffee on his lap couldn’t convince the jury of North Carolina that the coffee firm should be liable for the incident. Lieutenant Matt Kohr, sought as much as $750,000 from Starbucks, but in the end, the jury made a 10-2 decision... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Legal Radar
Since the massacre in 2012 at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, advocates of gun-control are working hard to seal loopholes found in the current background-check laws. Not all efforts were deemed successful. Gun-rights advocates believe that such measures are a burden and won’t do much to halt crime. But... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Legal Radar
A federal Court of Appeals made a ruling early this week saying that the police won’t require a warrant to track mobile devices of suspects, overturning a decision in a previous privacy case. The 11th U.S. appeals court in Atlanta felt the government never violated any privacy rights regarding an... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Legal Radar
A multi-page complaint was released by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which charges Mr. Skelos, the highest ranking Republican Senate in the State, and his son, with two counts of extortion, two counts of conspiracy, and two counts of gratuities and bribes. The complaint indicates a scheme of extorting... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Legal Radar
Joe Arpaio, an Arizona Sheriff, who filed a suit against Obama’s immigration policies were met with an icy reception early this week at the federal Court of Appeals. It appears reviving the case will be unlikely. Arpaio filed the suit late last year, shortly after the Obama administration made the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Legal Radar
In the previous year, the House of Representative set out strong support for patent reform, especially on measures made to cut back on patent suits. Early this year, the House brought back a bill, the Innovation Act, and just this Wednesday, the Senate backed up the bill with support from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Legal Radar
Early this week, the United States Supreme Court will listen to arguments regarding Oklahoma’s lethal injection issue, which in the past few years involved the use of a midazolam, a sedative. The issue that Justices faced early this week was whether midazolam, as a lethal injection component, is in violation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Legal Radar
Early this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear out a case that may make it a little easier for plaintiffs to enforce class action suits against Internet firms who are in violation of privacy laws and consumer data. The case involves a suit against people-search website Spokeo Inc., regarding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Legal Radar
The Supreme Court early this week appear divided on one of the biggest civil rights cases in the country’s history: whether the U.S. constitution gives gay couples the right to marriage. Questions from the justices indicate that they were divided on the issue. Justice Anthony Kennedy has the controlling vote.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Legal Radar
A 64-year old tech worker from Florida recently filed an age discrimination suit against the Google early this week. He claims the search engine giant passed on him during an interview due to his age. Robert Heath indicated in his complaint that Google shot down his job application for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Legal Radar
The obstruction of justice conviction of Barry Bonds was overturned just recently by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled his answer before the grand jury years ago wasn’t material to the government probe on the distribution of steroids. Bonds, a professional baseball player, was indicted in 2007... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Legal Radar
Early this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to look into an insider-trading conviction of an ex-director for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, Rajat Gupta. The justices didn’t leave any comment on their rejection of Gupta’s appeal on his 2012 conviction for carrying out lucrative insider tips regarding Goldman to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Legal Radar
With the FBI suspecting an illegal World Cup betting ring from within several Caesars Palace Villas in Las Vegas, their agents last year arrived at a clever idea to get inside one of them. With assistance from the hotel’s WiFi contractor, the FBI agents interrupted the internet service of guests,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Legal Radar