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Legal news from Monday, June 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases for next term. In Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether §207 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) "effects an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to a private entity." …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday limited shareholders' class action suits for securities fraud. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., the court declined to overturn its 1988 decision in Basic Inc. v. Levinson. Halliburton Co. has faced numerous lawsuits concerning allegations the company put out seriously misleading …

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by William Hibbitts

The Federal Court of Malaysia on Monday declined to hear an appeal challenging Malaysia's ban on non-Muslims using the word "Allah" to refer to God. The case was brought by the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on behalf of the Herald, a Catholic newspaper based in Malaysia. Before the ban, "Allah" was frequently used …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday limited the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases while still leaving the agency free to do so in most cases. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the court was considering whether the EPA permissibly …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Loughrin v. United States that prosecution under the federal government's anti-bank fraud statute does not require proof that a defendant intended to defraud a financial institution. Kevin Loughrin used stolen checks to steal just over $1,000 from a local Target store, but there was no …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced two Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison and a third to a 10-year term. Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were found guilty of reporting false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced to seven years while Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 …

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