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Legal news from Monday, May 18, 2015
by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Henderson v. United States that individuals convicted of felonies may transfer firearms to independent third parties or have them sold. The court reversed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled that through constructive possession [Cornell …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Harris v. Viegelahn that a debtor who converts to Chapter 7 is entitled to return of any postpetition wages not yet distributed by the Chapter 13 trustee. Petitioner Charles Harris, after filing a voluntary petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and continuing to pay under that plan …

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by Ashley Hogan

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate the …

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by Sarah Boehme

Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al-Barrack began after he gave a speech in October 2012 in which …

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by Taylor Brailey

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from filing a new …

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by Sarah Boehme

A French court on Monday cleared two police officers accused in the 2005 deaths of two teenagers outside Paris that sparked weeks of riots throughout the country. The court in Rennes ruled that officers Sebastien Gaillemin and Stephanie Klein were not responsible for the deaths of 15-year-old Bouna Traore and 17-year-old Zyed Benna that occurred …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Tibble v. Edison International that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary duty claim over investments does not necessarily run from initial selection of investments. The fiduciaries in this case offered higher-cost retail class mutual funds to plan …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by mandating a credit for taxes paid on …

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