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Legal news from Monday, June 19, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to review Gill v. Whitford, a partisan-gerrymandering case from Wisconsin. The state is appealing the decision of a three-judge panel for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, which struck down a redistricting map that was created by the state's Republican-controlled legislature …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court held on Monday that California courts lack specific jurisdiction to hear the claims brought against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS). BMS manufactures and sells Plavix, a prescription drug that prevents blood clots by thinning the blood. Nearly 700 plaintiffs, only 86 of whom are California residents, filed eight separate complaints in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 4-2 Monday in Ziglar v. Abbasi that Muslim men detained in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks cannot sue top US officials. The three consolidated cases center on the arrest and detention of Middle Eastern men illegally present in the US when they were arrested for immigration violations. The …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court held on Monday in Packingham v. North Carolina that North Carolina's statute § 14-202.5, which banned sex offenders from using commercial websites accessed by minors, violates the First Amendment. The statute was implemented to protect young adults from predatory practices often employed by sex offenders who target minors. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Matal v. Tam that a law prohibiting disparaging trademarks is a violates the First Amendment. The Lanham Act provides that no trademark shall be refused registration on account of its nature unless, inter alia, it "onsists of ... matter which may disparage ... persons, living …

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