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Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday instructed Samsung Electronics [corporate website] to offer more concessions in their proposal to settle antitrust charges. Samsung has been charged [Reuters report] with breaching the EU's antitrust rules by engaging in patent lawsuits against the company's chief rival, Apple [corporate website]. Sumsung … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katzav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was allowed to leave the prison for 24-hours on Monday, marking his first furlough since his 2011 conviction for the rape of female employees in the 1990s. Katzav, who has consistently denied the charges, has served a quarter of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] on Friday annulled [press release, PDF] sanctions imposed upon eight Iranian banks and companies, finding them unjustified. The 28-nation group has frozen assets and banned travel since 2010 for Iranian citizens thought to be linked to the nation's nuclear development. Citing insufficient evidence, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday stressed [press release] the UK's obligation to ensure that investigative journalists are allowed protection from intimidation and punishment. Wednesday's statement comes as a reaction to the recent detention [NYT article] of David Miranda, partner of The Guardian [official website] journalist Glenn … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] California's law [SB 1172, PDF] prohibiting licensed therapists from counseling minors with the intent to convert their sexual orientation from gay to straight. Two federal judges have split on the issue, with one … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Treasury Department [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that the Treasury, along with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] will now recognize the marriages of all same-sex couples for federal tax purposes. This recognition is to take place for legally-married couples living in all states, including … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] An Iranian court of appeals on Sunday rejected the appeal of American pastor Saeed Abedini and refused to reduce his eight-year prison term in the Evin prison. Abedini was sentenced [JURIST report] in January by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran to eight years in prison … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A spokesperson for European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding [official websites] said Monday that Croatia [JURIST news archive] may face legal action for failure to comply with EU extradition law. Days before entering the EU on July 1, the Croatian government changed the country's laws to prevent extradition of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] European Union's High Representative Catherine Ashton [official profile] and other EU [official website] member states' representatives to condemn Saudi Arabia for recently convicting seven governmental critics of inciting protests through Facebook. The men were detained for a year and a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website], a Christian legal advocacy group, filed an emergency petition [text, PDF] on Saturday, stating that the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's [official website] recent decision lifting California's ban on gay marriage was not legal and was decided prematurely. This … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights in Sudan [official website], Mashood Adebayo Baderin, said Friday after his third visit to Sudan [BBC backgrounder] that the human rights situation in the country has undergone positive improvements, but expressed his concern about the ongoing hostilities [press release] in Darfur, Blue Nile … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Moroccan courts are relying too heavily on coerced confessions and delaying trial proceedings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday, calling for reform of the country's judicial system. The 131-page report, entitled "Just Sign Here: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco," examines … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] on Friday vetoed [press release] a bill [HB 950 text] intended to prevent payment discrimination and make it easier for women to obtain equal pay. The bill was passed by the Texas House on April 25 in a 79-50 vote, and by the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Kuwait's Constitutional Court [JURIST news archive] on Sunday dissolved the nation's 50-member parliament due to flaws in election procedures. In doing so, the court invalidated the results of the December election, deeming them unconstitutional. The court also upheld [BBC news report] a controversial electoral law imposing a "one person, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Trade Representative (USTR) [official website] can legally withhold classified documents regarding free trade negotiations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. US District Court Judge Richard Roberts ruled … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Chinese court in Huairou on Sunday sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud. The verdict is seen by many as severe and is widely believed to … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Col. Alberto Julio Candiotti, a former Argentinian military officer who was wanted for crimes committed during the country's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was arrested Thursday in Montevideo, Uruguay. Information for the whereabouts of the 68-year-old, who was residing in the city with his wife, was … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Friday urged [text, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] to delay the implementation of a decision that orders the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] to make the popular "Plan B" [official website] emergency contraceptive … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Tuesday approved S. 744 [text], an immigration reform bill. The bill, entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, is intended to help create a 13-year path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million current undocumented immigrants, contingent upon strengthening … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday signed the country's new constitution [text] into law, clearing the path to pivotal elections later this year. The new constitution limits future presidents to two five-year terms. The provision limiting presidential terms will not apply retroactively, so the … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate [official website] passed a bill [text] on Friday that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state, subject to strict regulations. The bill indicates that marijuana may only be used for specified medical conditions, and is intended to be regulated through dosage … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Portugal's Parliament [official website] voted Friday to approve a law allowing same-sex married couples to adopt their partners' children. The Parliament also voted on Friday to reject the Left Bloc and Green Party's [official websites, Portuguese] proposal to grant gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday reinstated a $203 million penalty against Wells Fargo [corporate website] in a class action suit alleging that the bank affirmatively misled customers and then charged excessive overdraft fees. Rather than processing purchases in a chronological order, as is the common practice, the bank processed … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] unfairly scrutinized tax-exemptions for conservative groups. The agency initially singled out groups with applications containing the names "Tea Party" or "Patriots," but expanded … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain [BBC country profile] sentenced six individuals to a year in prison on Wednesday for insulting King Hamad via Twitter [official website]. Since the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011, activists have used the social media site to report perceived violations. The … [read more]

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