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Legal News
22 Apr 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Electronics manufacturer Samsung announced on Friday that it has filed patent infringement suits against Apple [corporate websites] in three different countries. The suits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, may be retaliation for infringement suits filed by Apple [JURIST report] against Samsung last week. The two companies are … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Idaho Governor CL "Butch" Otter [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [recently signed bills, PDF] a bill that would prohibit most abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill had passed the state legislature [JURIST report] earlier this month. The new law allows for limited … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The UN announced Friday that investigators would enter Libya next week to begin looking into alleged human rights abuses by both rebels and the armed forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The inquiry into the conditions in Libya had been approved by a unanimous vote … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The South Korean Constitutional Court [official website, in Korean] on Thursday upheld a law allowing the government to bring criminal charges against any member of the military who has sex with another individual of the same gender. The law, which allows for prosecution even in the absence of a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in the consolidated cases of Isiogu v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. and Talk America Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. [oral argument transcript, PDF] on whether, pursuant to the Telecommunications Act … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit by former assistant US Attorney Richard Convertino in which the former prosecutor accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] of violating the Administrative Procedures Act and his right to privacy. Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in JDB v. North Carolina [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a court should consider a juvenile's age when determining whether the individual is in custody for purposes of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday filed a brief [PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] contesting a request by plaintiff states to have the health care reform law [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] appeal heard by an en banc court. The states … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The South Dakota State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill [roll call] that would require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor to have an abortion. In addition to the waiting period, HB 1217 [legislative materials] would require that pregnant women receive consultation at a "pregnancy … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in two cases: one regarding the extent of immunity for a federal official and another regarding the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause. In Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], former US attorney … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday called on the Libyan government to stop the violence directed at protesters [statement, text] within that nation. Pillay's statement, directed at Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile], reminded the UN Human Rights Council of the repeated calls … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] in two cases: one determining whether a court may modify a sentence when the US Sentencing Commission [official website] has subsequently lowered the sentence range and the other examining the state of mind necessary for … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of US geologist Xue Feng [advocacy website], sentenced to eight years in prison for committing industrial espionage. The court's decision was immediately met with expressions of disappointment [official statement] by US Ambassador to China John Huntsman [official profile], who said … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked federal judge Roger Vinson to clarify his ruling [motion, PDF] to require states to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [text; JURIST news archive] during the pendency of the government's appeal. In the motion, the government … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Muse to 34 years in prison [FBI press release] for the 2009 hijacking of the vessel Maersk Alabama. Muse had originally pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in May … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Thursday used the death of a Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee to highlight what it claims are problems with the detention system [press release] currently used by the US for dealing with suspected terrorists. The detainee, Awal Gul, had been … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday called on the Mexican government to investigate possible complicity [press release] by government officials in the mid-December abduction of 40 Central American migrants. While details are somewhat unclear, the UN believes that Mexican officials stopped a freight … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in FCC v. AT&T [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether exemption 7(C) [DOJ backgrounder] of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552] applies to corporations. Under … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The appeal follows a July ruling [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2011
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday heard oral argument in two criminal cases, one involving law enforcement creating exigent circumstances for entering a home without a warrant, and the other interpreting a provision of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [18 U.S.C. § 924(e)]. In Kentucky v. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday issued summonses for six Kenyan citizens [press release] believed to be responsible for post-election violence in 2007 [JURIST news archive] that resulted in more than 1,000 deaths in that country. The six individuals include current Deputy … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that e-mail is entitled to Fourth Amendment [LII materials] protection. The 98-page opinion overturned the prison sentence of Steven Warshak, the founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals Inc. [corporate website], who was convicted on 93 … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was arrested in Austria on Friday pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Croatia. Sanader, who was elected to parliament after he stepped down from the prime minister position in 2009, stands accused of corruption, abuse of power and fraud for taking nearly … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari [order, PDF] in three cases related to the duty of generic drug manufacturers to list possible side effects on the labels of medicines they produce. The three cases, PLIVA Inc. v. Mensing [docket; cert. petition, PDF], … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The trial of eight men accused of killing Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] human rights activist Floribert Chebeya began in the capital city of Kinshasa on Friday. The eight accused men are all DRC policemen, but only five are currently before the court [Reuters report], as … [read more]

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