A Louisiana judge has overturned an order that had required a blog to remove a satire about a “rogue giraffe” attack that never really happened.The Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, La., had sought an injunction after a blog called the Hammond Action News wrote that the giraffe had killed tour guide Dizzy Dimarco, identified as a member of Ponchatoula Speed Quilters and Sam’s Club in a later obituary on the website.“Dimarco was pronounced dead upon arrival at Lallie Kemp Hospital, then again at North Oaks after relatives demanded a second opinion,” the blog said.On Monday, Judge Beth Wolfe dissolved the TRO that had been issued by another judge and ordered payment of attorney fees to the blog author, Nicholas Brilleaux, according to the Associated Press and the Citizen Media Law Project. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed an amicus brief arguing the story was protected by the First Amendment.The wildlife center had received calls from concerned … [Read more...] about Blog Wins Ruling in Dispute Over ‘Rogue Giraffe’ Satire
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On 7 July, 2017 Supreme Court stayed the final judgment passed by the Nainital Bench of Uttarakhand High Court in Mohd. Salim v State of Uttarakhand dated 20 March, 2017 that gave recognition to the “legal status as a living person/legal entity to Rivers Ganga and Yamuna r/w Articles 48-A and 51A (g) of the Constitution of India”. The order came upon hearing the Special Leave Petition of State of Uttarakhand against the verdict. The one sentence order reads: “In the meantime, the operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed.” The Bench of 44th Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud heard the petitioner’s counsel in the absence of the counsel for the respondents mentioned as ‘caveator-in-person’.The misreporting of the order by media provided an incorrect impression that Supreme Court has pronounced that Ganga and Yamuna rivers are not living entities. In a legal context wherein Paris … [Read more...] about Aren’t Rivers Juristic, Legal Persons And Living Entities?
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEThe Senate is scheduled to take up the much-anticipated Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation (S. 2262) early this week, potentially coupled with another vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. It remains unclear what form a Keystone vote would take, with supporters aiming for a binding provision rather than a sense of the Senate resolution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who filed for cloture on the efficiency package late in the day May 1, was optimistic last week that the chamber could strike a deal on a pipeline vote. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) said yesterday that he expects the Senate to vote on the efficiency measure tomorrow morning, followed by a standalone Keystone XL vote.Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) remain mum about what amendments will get a vote, but two are drawing major attention. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has indicated his intention to attach an amendment requiring members of Congress and their staffs to … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – May 5, 2014
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEEnergy issues garnered attention on the international front as well as here at home last week.Delegates at last week’s climate talks in Bonn continued to take steps to prepare for a 2015 climate treaty. The next round of meetings will take place in June, setting up for the annual Conference of Parties negotiations at the end of the year in Peru.In Congress, the Senate Climate Action Task Force held an all-night session on the Senate floor March 10 to highlight the importance of acting to address climate change. Over in the House, Energy and Commerce subcommittees held a joint panel to debate the question of whether carbon capture and sequestration technology has been adequately demonstrated, even though it is not produced at a commercial scale.With Congress in recess this week, leaders in both houses are beginning to craft agendas and plans for the spring. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that he plans to revive his economic agenda, … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update — March 17, 2014
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEThe House and Senate chambers, quiet for over a month, resumed regular business today. ML Strategies has produced a post-Labor Day outlook. Congress has several issues to address now that it is back in session including the appropriations process, the debt ceiling, the extenders package, and the grand bargain. Energy and environment issues may crop up as riders to these topics, such as the Keystone XL pipeline and the Renewable Fuel Standard. The nine major energy issues of note are Shaheen-Portman, the National Helium Reserve, the consideration of the proposed liquefied natural gas export terminals, the Keystone XL pipeline, the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Interior Department’s fracking rule, President Obama’s climate action strategy, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and the President’s Power Africa initiative. For a broader overview of the congressional to-do list, please see the … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Weekly Update – September 9, 2013