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Legal news from Monday, January 24, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST, the 501(c)(3) legal news and research non-profit headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, invites candidates to apply for the position of JURIST Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for managing JURIST's corporate and external operations and reports to JURIST's Board of Directors. The Executive Director works closely and creatively in an innovative and rapidly-developing institutional …

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by Megan McKee

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Ortiz v. Jordan that a party may not appeal an order denying summary judgment after a full trial on the merits. Petitioner Michelle Ortiz was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer in prison and then placed in solitary confinement in retaliation for …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Thompson v. North American Stainless that a third party can sue his employer for retaliation. Eric Thompson was fired from North American Stainless (NAS) after the company learned that his fiancee, Miriam Regalado, had filed an action under Title VII …

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by Ann Riley

EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) annual report published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human rights, such as dialogue and cooperation, without adopting concrete policies or pressuring violators to change. …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases Monday and summarily reversed a Ninth Circuit decision in a California parole case. In Howes v. Fields [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court granted certiorari to determine the scope of Miranda rights in jail. The case involves a Michigan man, Randall Fields, …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Chase Bank v. McCoy that Chase was not required to provide a cardholder with a change-in-terms notice before raising the interest rate on his credit card. The case required the court to determine whether an interest rate increase constituted a "change in …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Three Indonesian soldiers accused of torturing Papuan detainees received prison sentences Monday of less than one year. Citing lack of evidence, a military judge convicted the men of the lesser crime of insubordination instead of torture. He sentenced one of the men to 10 months imprisonment, one to nine months and the third to …

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