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2009-05-12 18:24:00

Gene Patents Stifle Patient Access To Medical Care And Critical Research NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit today charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer stifle research that could lead to cures and limit women's options regarding their medical care. Mutations along the genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, are...

2009-05-08 15:52:00

Special Rapporteur Calls For Law Against Racial Profiling And End To Juvenile Life Without Parole NEW YORK, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report made public today, the United Nations independent expert on racism urged the U.S. to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system and end the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also called on Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) and create a bipartisan...

2009-04-28 15:55:00

Government Cannot Claim State Secrets To Deny Torture Victims Day In Court NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal appeals court today ruled that a landmark American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role in the Bush administration's unlawful extraordinary rendition program can go forward. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court dismissal of the lawsuit, brought on behalf of five men who were...

2009-03-12 14:34:38

A 17-year-old Indiana girl is seeking a federal court injunction to force her school to allow her to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom. The Lebanon High School senior's attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said in court filings that the girl, a lesbian, does not wear dresses because she feels they indicate a sexual identity that is not her own, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday. The girl, who was not identified by name in the lawsuit, is asking a federal court to...

2009-01-15 12:13:00

Taxpayers Have A Right To Know About Allegations Of Fraud Against The Government, Say Watchdog Groups NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The overreaching secrecy provisions of a whistleblower law prevent the public from learning about serious allegations of fraud against the United States government, according to a complaint filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia on behalf of themselves, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and OMB Watch....

2008-12-18 15:03:00

Groups' Letter To President-elect Calls For Return To American Justice System When Prison Camp Is Closed NEW YORK, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four leading civil liberties and human rights organizations today urged President-elect Obama to implement "an unqualified return to America's established system of justice for detaining and prosecuting suspects" when he fulfills his pledge to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and military commissions. In a letter delivered to the...

2008-12-05 12:57:00

Sweeping Executive Power Claims Challenged In Al-Marri Case WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Supreme Court today agreed to review the Bush administration's claim that it can indefinitely imprison a legal resident of the United States without charge or trial. The case was filed on behalf of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who has been detained in solitary confinement at a Navy brig in South Carolina since June 2003. Al-Marri asked the Court to reverse a federal appeals court...

2008-08-22 00:00:19

The City of Lake Forest and the Lake Forest City Council entered into a stipulated agreement to dismiss a lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court brought by three day laborer organizations - La Asociacion de Trabajadores de Lake Forest, the Colectivo Tonantzin and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network - represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). During a June 20, 2008, settlement conference with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato, the ACLU agreed to dismiss the City and...

2008-07-31 03:00:37

By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--A Palm Beach County judge this week dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against local education officials over the county's high school graduation rate. Circuit Judge Jonathan Gerber ruled that the ACLU, on behalf of parents and students, had no right to sue the School Board and Superintendent Art Johnson over a state constitutional requirement to provide students with "a high quality...

2008-07-26 15:00:27

By John Ellis, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jul. 26--Even as U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger signed off Friday on a $2.3 million class-action lawsuit settlement between Fresno and more than 200 of its homeless residents, it was clear that hard feelings linger between him and Mayor Alan Autry. Autry's name emerged as Wanger discussed legal fees in the case, which the mayor previously had described as "exorbitant." Wanger noted that the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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