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Legal News
7 Jul 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday ruled in favor of Merck & Co. [corporate website] in a lawsuit filed by the state of Louisiana over reimbursements for the prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. Louisiana had argued that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion filed on behalf of the Nigerian government seeking to formally observe the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) [association website], a small business lobby group, joined a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Friday challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive]. The NFIB joins 20 states in a legal battle that began in March … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Mobile phone maker HTC [corporate website] filed a complaint [press release] Wednesday against Apple [corporate website] with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] to freeze the importation and sale of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. HTC, based in Taiwan, has accused [ET report] Apple of infringing five patents, … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] on Wednesday apprehended alleged Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in New South Wales. Vasilijkovic, also known as Daniel Sneeden, had been on the run since March 30 after the High Court [official website] ordered his extradition … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament [official website] approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website]. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev "leader of the nation," grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal [NAKT report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai [Xinhua backgrounder] province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested [AP … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai [Xinhua backgrounder] province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested [AP … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A top Chinese official on Thursday appealed [Xinhua report] to the nation's judges, urging them to be impartial when issuing rulings. Speaking in front of a national meeting of high court presidents in the Shaanxi Province [official website,], Central Committee of the Communist Party of China [official website] official … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The Iraqi Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) [official website] on Monday ordered a manual recount of Baghdad province ballots cast in the March 7 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], following fraud allegations. The election commissioner for the IHEC informed the public that the Baghdad recount would begin immediately [Al … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] US District Judge James Selna on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] a May 13 pre-trial conference for the consolidated litigation against Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website, JURIST news archive] surrounding the company's auto safety failures. The court found that, "[b]ecause this docket involves both personal injury actions and actions for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] US district court judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time [transcript, PDF] Thursday to approve a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] against the government in a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST news archive] brought for its alleged mismanagement of American Indian trust funds. The delay, the third since … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Australia confirmed Monday that it will accept three Cuban asylum seekers currently held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Migrations Operation Center. The center, utilized [CIP report] by the US military after the recent Haitian earthquake [JURIST news archive] to house mainly Haitian asylum seekers, is not affiliated … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers were weighing a constitutional bill Friday that would greatly limit the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari [official website], reversing the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive]. If passed by both houses of parliament, the 18th Amendment Bill … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The German government is considering accepting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to interviews [text] published this week by Der Spiegel magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official profile], Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle revealed a possible … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Internet auction house eBay [corporate website] is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Thursday sentenced [DOJ press release] a computer hacker to 20 years in prison for his role in the one of the largest identity theft cases in US history. Judge Patti Saris also ordered Albert … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A Rwandan opposition politician pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to the 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder] and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Joseph Ntawangundi, an aid to Hutu opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, was convicted in absentia [New Times report] in 2007, and originally sentenced to 19 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's government is failing to curb torture [press release] by law enforcement officers, according a report [text, PDF] released Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, which tracks Kazakhstan's progress in the area of human rights from the period of its adoption of the Convention Against Torture … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday denied [opinion, PDF] a petition by former attorney general John Ashcroft [JURIST news archive] to reconsider its decision that Ashcroft is not entitled to absolute and qualified immunity in an unlawful detention case. By declining to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday unanimously approved a bill [bill; S. 1789] to reduce sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL; official profile], is intended to bridge the gap between crack and powder cocaine sentencing … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted [H Res 1031 materials] Thursday to impeach federal judge Thomas Porteous [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website]. The case will now proceed to the US Senate [official website] where a two-thirds majority … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Thursday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will eventually face justice [prepared remarks] in The Hague. Speaking in London before the British House of Commons [official website], Judge Sang-Hyun Song [official profile] addressed controversy … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] judge on Monday accused the Venezuelan government of aiding two rebel groups in a plot to assassinate members of the Colombian government in Spain. Judge Eloy Velasco charged [indictment, PDF, in Spanish] six members of the Basque separatist group ETA [GlobalSecurity … [read more]

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