Kentucky sues opioid manufacturers

The state of Kentucky on Wednesday sued [complaint, PDF] several opioid manufacturers alleging that they “trivialized, mischaracterized, and failed to disclose” the “serious risk of addiction” inherent in the use of the high strength pain killers. The state claims that including Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals [corporate websites] “undermined evidence that opioids

Federal regulators fine Wells Fargo $1 billion for unfair lending practices

US judge sentences Liberian war criminal to 30 years for immigration fraud

New York governor gives paroled felons right to vote by executive order

Federal judge finds Kansas Secretary of State in contempt of court

A federal judge on Wednesday found [order, pdf] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach [official website] in contempt of court for violating a preliminary injunction regarding registering voters in his state. Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson of the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] ordered Kobach to allow some potentially ineligible

Blue sky thinking and beyond at Harvard Law hackathons

In the technology world, a hackathon is well known as a get-together of programmers to share ideas and create software. As part of the “HLS in the Community” bicentennial event, HLS brought the hackathon concept to the legal space. Instead of writing code, alumni and other professionals worked together on April 20 to hack out

Ohio Supreme Court upholds state’s death penalty law

The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled [opinion PDF] on Wednesday that the state’s death penalty statute does not violate the Sixth Amendment’s [text] guarantee of “the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury[.]” Maurice Mason, a former death row inmate, unsuccessfully challenged the role given to the judge during the sentencing

Texas appeals court rules revenge porn law violates First Amendment

A Texas appeals court ruled [opinion] Thursday that the Relationship Privacy Act [text], which prescribes criminal and civil penalties for defendants who disseminate pornographic visual material featuring former significant others without consent, is overly broad and it violates First Amendment rights of third party individuals who are not original parties in the romantic relationships. The

Massachusetts high court upholds limits on charter schools

UN and African Union agree on human rights collaboration

The UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the African Union [official websites] agreed on Tuesday to cooperate [communiqué, PDF] on numerous human rights goals in an effort “to explore and develop joint approaches to preventing and addressing human rights abuses and violations.” The AU and OHCHR plan to “actively involve