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Legal news from Friday, October 15, 2010
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt issued new media restrictions Wednesday that critics say effectively put all live television media, including talk shows and news shows, under government control. The telecommunications regulator cancelled the broadcast permits [Washington Post report] of all private media companies forcing them to apply for new licenses through the state [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that CVS Pharmacy [corporate website] has agreed to pay a $75 million fine for sales of pseudoephedrine to individuals who used that compound to produce methamphetamine [NIDA backgrounder, PDF]. In addition to the $75 million fine, CVS [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] has said the Department of Justice will continue to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) [materials] in California even if a state ballot measure legalizing marijuana passes in November, according to a Friday report [text] by the AP. The measure, Proposition 19 [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Friday launched a tax inquiry against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for tax declarations he made in 2003 and 2004 relating to the commercial broadcast company Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian], which Berlusconi founded. Berlusconi is accused of artificially inflating the price [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday approved a $47.5 million settlement [order text] between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [official website], which owns the World Trade Center site, and over 9,000 people [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday asked [stay application, PDF] for a federal judge to stay her order [order, PDF] requiring the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. In reaction to the order [JURIST report] [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge postponed the trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] Thursday while his lawyers attempted to reach a deal exchanging a guilty plea for leniency. The military proceeding was to resume Monday after being suspended [JURIST report] [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The World Justice Project (WJP) [advocacy website] released its inaugural report [text, PDF] on Thursday, ranking countries by their adherence to the rule of law. The three-year study categorizes governments based on nine factors, including their level of corruption, rights, clarity of laws and access to judicial remedies. Of [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by a group of attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news [read more]

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