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Legal news from Monday, August 6, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday overturned a $1.52 billion jury decision [verdict form, PDF; JURIST report] against Microsoft awarded after the jury found that Microsoft violated two digital music patents held by Alcatel-Lucent [corporate website]. The patents govern technology that converts audio input into MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi [advocacy website, in Persian] requested the assistance of the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to end Iran's "arbitrary detention" of Iranian-American scholar Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile] in a letter sent Monday to the UN body's [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Monday in an appeal by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company [corporate website] against a lower court ruling [JURIST report] last August which declared unenforceable a provision in Nationwide's policy limiting a Hurricane Katrina's homeowner's recovery when damage [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court Monday released on bail six leaders of the July 22 anti-coup protest with the condition that they would not engage in activities that may increase "strife within society" or instigate violence. The defendants, anti-coup academics and supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile], were [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court has convicted former Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] security chief Alexei Pichugin [Wikipedia profile] for his involvement in organizing a series of contract killings, sentencing Pichugin to life in prison Monday for organizing three murders and four attempted murders. Pichugin originally received a 24-year [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Five Iraqi Cabinet ministers belonging to the secular and nonsectarian Iraqi National List announced a boycott of government meetings Monday, saying the coalition has decided to suspend its government participation because Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] has not responded to their demands to end sectarian favoritism. Iraqi [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] has signed off on the controversial Interception of Communications Bill [PDF text], which establishes a government communications surveillance agency and authorizes the government to intercept communications across the telephone, the Internet, and other electronic communication devices. The bill, which has been criticized by [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] State legislatures across the United States have enacted at least 170 immigration-related bills in 2007 [press release] as a result of the "continued absence of a comprehensive federal reform of the United States' challenged immigration system," according to a report released Monday by the National Conference of State Legislatures [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government is responsible for a dramatic increase in unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and other serious human rights violations [press release] since the resumption of hostilities in 2006 with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder], according to a report [PDF text] released Monday by [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush signed the Protect America Act 2007 [S 1927 materials] Sunday, giving the Executive Branch expanded surveillance authority for a period of six months [press release] while Congress works on long-term legislation to "modernize" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive]. Bush thanked [read more]

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