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Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] According to a report [WP report] released by the Washington Post Saturday, the Obama administration won permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The revelations … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday announced a new concession proposal from Google [corporate website] in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces [Reuters report] USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors content and promoting … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals [official website] has ordered [text, PDF] the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to pay the City of New Orleans [official websites] $10.8 million in connection to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] in 2005. The decision, issued last week, comes in response to a … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday entered an injunction [order, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] preventing the company from future antitrust violations in connection with e-book price fixing. The injunction, rendered by Judge Denise Cote, forbids Apple … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down [decision, in Portuguese] an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied [WSJ report] to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Rajya Sabha [official website], the upper house of the Indian parliament, approved an amendment to the Marriage Law [Amendment], 2010 [text, PDF] Monday that would grant both men and woman the ability to file for divorce on the grounds of "irretrievable breakdown" of marriage. Both parties must live … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UNESCO [official website] Director-General Irina Bokova [official profile] on Monday condemned [press release] the death of three journalists in Egypt and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Two journalists, Ahmed Abdel of Al-Akhbar [news service] and Gawad Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network (RNN) [news … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A member of the controversial feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her former defense lawyer. Group member Yekaterina Samutsevic accused [Izvestia Times report, in Russian] her former lawyer Violetta Volkova of making and posting defamatory statements about her in the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] Maritime Labor Convention [text] came into effect [press release] Tuesday. The international standards, originally adopted by the ILO in 2006, required ratification by a minimum of 30 ILO member states to come into force as international law, with the additional requirement that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Chinese activist and lawyer Xu Zhiyong was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of having "gathered crowds to disrupt public order." Xu, a law lecturer at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications [academic website] and founder of the Open Constitution Initiative (Gongmeng) [Economist report], was placed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion by McGraw-Hill Companies and Standard & Poor's Financial Services (S&P) [corporate websites], a unit of McGraw Hill Financial, to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the US government. The five … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website], Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Tuesday commended [text] the Myanmar government for disbanding the Nasaka [Reuters backgrounder], a border patrol force that had been operating in Rakhine state [Economist backgrounder]. The Nasaka have been accused of numerous … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a new trial for former chief executive officer of HealthSouth [corporate website] Richard Scrushy [personal website]. The decision upheld Scrushy's 2006 conviction of exchanging $500,000 with former Alabama governor Don Siegelman [personal profile; … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane [official website] announced at a press conference Thursday that she will not defend Pennsylvania's statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Title 23, Chapter 11, section 1102 of the Pennsylvania consolidated statutes defines [text] marriage as " A civil contract by which one man and one … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Two French human rights groups filed a lawsuit [text, PDF;,in French] in Paris Thursday calling for an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] PRISM program [DNI backgrounder] violated French privacy laws. The lawsuit, filed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned [press release] the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo [official website]. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The British newspaper The Guardian released two documents Thursday revealing [Guardian report] that the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] was granted the power to make use of information unintentionally gathered from domestic US communications without a warrant. According to The Guardian, the two documents were submitted to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] French and Spanish data protection groups released statements Thursday threatening Google [corporate website] with fines if the company does not change its privacy policies on collecting user data. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) [official website] an independent oversight authority set up by the French government … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar must do more to combat religious and ethnic discrimination against minorities or risk undermining the reform movement according to a statement [text] made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] Wednesday. Pillay commended Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] for statements … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge called Tuesday on members of Congress and the president to give serious consideration to formulating a different approach for the handling of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee cases. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] released their opinion in the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The government of the Canadian province of Quebec [official website] introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon [official profile] introduced the bill before the National Assembly [official website]. The proposed law [Bill 52, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Colorado law that would have required businesses to place marijuana related magazines behind counters. Judge Richard Matsch of the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] ordered [Reuters report] a permanent injunction against Amendment 64 [text, PDF] which … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday expressed frustration and disappointment over the situation in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Presenting the ICC's briefing [text, PDF] to the UN Security Council [official website], Fatou Bensouda characterized the situation as having "gone from bad to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UK government on Wednesday reached a settlement agreement with thousands of Kenyans tortured by British colonial forces during the 1950s. Negotiations began last October after the Queen's Bench Division [official website] on the High Court of England and Wales ruled [JURIST report] that three elderly Kenyans could sue … [read more]

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