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Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum: Does the Alien Tort Statute Reach Human Rights Violations Occurring Abroad?

Jan 30, 2013 By: Mark P. Chalos

Kiobel, pending in the US Supreme Court, arose from alleged human rights violations in Nigeria. The victims’ families filed suit in the U.S. under the Alien Tort Statute against the oil companies for their alleged role in the atrocities.

E-Discovery in Cross-Border Litigation, Part V

Jan 30, 2013 By: Daniel Garrie

This series of blog posts will address the increasingly common cross-border litigation and how the response to electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) differs among civil and common law jurisdictions.

University’s disciplinary sanctions for mortuary sciences student’s Facebook posts did not violate free speech protections

Jan 30, 2013 By: Craig Pederson

It is very important to think before you post. A mortuary sciences student at the University of Minnesota posted to Facebook several times about her dissection of a human cadaver during a laboratory class.

A safeguard against government tyranny? Don’t expect a court to bite

Jan 30, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A common purpose of the Second Amendment submitted by gun rights advocates is that an armed citizenry is a safeguard against tyranny. This argument wouldn’t hold water in court.

Suing “Satan and his servants”

Jan 30, 2013 By: Legal Solutions

Plaintiff would not be granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis in civil rights action against Satan and his servants, …

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jan 29, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

The new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Here are some highlights from the past week:

Evolution of Legal Technology: The inevitable transition to paperless

Jan 29, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Along with the rest of the world, the legal profession is seeing a transition to a paperless environment. The sooner you make the transition, the easier your life will be.

Bilateral Investment Treaties: Mitigating Political Risks to Foreign Capital Investments

Jan 29, 2013 By: Andrew Pieper

When companies make significant capital investments in foreign countries, they accept any risks to the ongoing political stability—or the occurrence of instability—in those countries.

E-Discovery in Cross-Border Litigation, Part IV

Jan 29, 2013 By: Daniel Garrie

This series of blog posts will address the increasingly common cross-border litigation and how the response to electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) differs among civil and common law jurisdictions.

Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions and Exceptional Lawyers

Jan 29, 2013 By: Alexa Sherr Hartley

If you have room for improvement, there is nothing like a heaping bowl of feedback to help you bridge the gap between your achievement and your goals.