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Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] European Union Advocate General Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo on Monday advised [opinion, in French] the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) [corporate website] has engaged in abusive practices that contravene EU antitrust laws in connection with a lawsuit filed by Greek drug wholesalers against GSK. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2008
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Beleaguered investment bank Bear Stearns [corporate website] was hit with two major lawsuits Monday in the wake of its announced acquisition [press release] by JPMorgan Chase [corporate website]. The first suit [complaint, PDF], filed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], alleged that … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2008
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Tuesday filed a complaint [PDF text; SEC litigation release] accusing former Refco Inc. CEO Phillip R. Bennett of committing civil fraud in connection with allegations that he reported false information about the futures trader's financial health. The civil fraud … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2008
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Wayne County Employees' Retirement System (WCERS) [official website] on Monday filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery [official website] challenging the decision of the Yahoo! [corporate website] board of directors to repudiate an unsolicited takeover offer made February 1 by Microsoft [corporate website] for the Internet … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2008
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a controversial trial court judgment in favor of a plaintiff class of cattle ranchers claiming that defendant meat-packing companies underpaid them based on erroneous price data provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Tuesday ruled [DOC text, in French; press release] that Belgian police violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text] by searching the home and office of German journalist Hans Martin Tillack [Stern blog] in 2004 after … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Iraq will join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) [materials] and become a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website], according to a Monday statement from the office of Iraqi President Jalal Talibani [BBC profile]. According to the statement, the Presidency Council of Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Iranian Supreme Court [official website] has ordered a new probe in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened, a representative of the court said Tuesday. Kazemi died under suspicious … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A UK judge Tuesday sentenced Manfo Kwaku Asiedu [BBC profile] to 33 years' imprisonment for his role in the July 21, 2005 failed bomb attacks on London's transit systems [JURIST news archive]. Earlier this month, Asiedu pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to a charge of conspiracy to cause explosions and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Japanese government on Tuesday began fingerprinting and photographing foreign visitors, pursuant to an anti-terror bill [BBC report] that was approved by Japan's upper house of parliament [JURIST report] in May. If the government determines that a visitor poses a terrorist threat or if they refuse to comply with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday agreed to a $30 million settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [materials; DOJ backgrounder] charges against Chevron [corporate website] in connection with the oil company's alleged involvement in a scheme to exchange illegal payments to Iraqi officials under … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari in Richlin Security Service v. Chertoff (06-1717) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case where the Court will consider whether paralegal services can be recovered at the market rate when determining the payment of attorneys' fees. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Representatives of 26 members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) [official website] met Tuesday in Maldives to work on a draft resolution on climate change to be presented at the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (UNFCCC) [official website] in December. AOSIS, a coalition of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Malaysian government is drafting legislation that will make it more difficult to hire foreign workers in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, according to Tuesday media reports. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho [official website] told the Star that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Former chairman and CEO of mortgage finance company Freddie Mac [corporate website] Leland Brendsel agreed to a consent decree [press release; stipulation and consent order, PDF] Tuesday to settle administrative charges filed by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website], which maintains government oversight of Freddie … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] James Edward Steph, a former oil executive of a subsidiary of Willbros Group Inc. [corporate website], pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to charges of conspiracy relating to a scheme to bribe Nigerian officials heading the country's state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) [corporate website]. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A federal jury sitting in San Diego Monday convicted former US defense contractor Brent Wilkes of 13 felonies, including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy, in connection with bribes he paid to disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile]. Wilkes pleaded not guilty to all charges, but the jury … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] AT&T [corporate website] and the US Department of Justice [official website] reached a consent decree [press release] Tuesday under which the telecommunications giant agreed to sell assets in seven rural US markets in exchange for DOJ approval of AT&T's acquisition of Dobson Communications Corp. [corporate website] and the withdrawal … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday appealed the sentences [JURIST report] imposed on war crimes convicts Mile Mrksic and Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profiles; ICTY case backgrounder], who were convicted in connection with the killings of over 200 Croatian prisoners of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Iraqi cabinet Tuesday approved a draft law [JURIST report] that would strip foreign security contractors of immunity from Iraqi prosecution granted under Order 17 [PDF text] passed by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) [official website]. The draft law now goes to the Iraqi parliament. According to government spokesman … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge against the September 10 deportation of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] to Saudi Arabia. Pakistani authorities arrested Sharif on corruption and money laundering charges [JURIST report] and then expelled him shortly after he … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Eleven plaintiffs, including the R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) [trade association website] have sued [press release] the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent a rule change that would allow Canadian cattle over 30 months old and beef products from such cattle to be imported into the country … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ranking Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official websites] on Monday sent a letter [PDF text] to White House counsel Fred Fielding demanding the Bush administration's compliance with subpoenas [press release] for information about the warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A defense lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in Western media as "Chemical Ali," has told JURIST that he expects to file a petition Wednesday against the planned execution of al-Majid. In the application, Giovanni Di Stefano [firm website] will argue that the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Corporate Officers & Directors Assurance Ltd. (CODA), a subsidiary of ACE Bermuda [corporate website], has filed a petition in a New York trial court requesting an order compelling former Tyco International [corporate website] CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski [JURIST news archive] to pay the insurer approximately $1.97 million. CODA provided … [read more]

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