Justiceline: February 28, 2013

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  • While a landmark civil rights law was having a bad day in court yesterday, civil rights leader Rosa Parks became the first black woman to be honored with a life-sized statue at the Capitol.
  • Also before the Supreme Court yesterday was another very significant case that received relatively little attention. In American Express v. Italian Colors, the justices are once again considering the limits of forced arbitration clauses in contracts that limit individuals’ and companies’ access to the court system.
  • The high court issued a significant ruling on Tuesday, rejecting an attempt to challenge the federal wiretapping law because the secretive nature of the surveillance meant the plaintiffs could never prove the law applied to them.
  • And a federal appeals court held that a group of activists aiming to stop Japanese whalers are equivalent to “pirates,” whether or not the whalers are hunting whales for research, as international law permits, or for food.