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Legal news from Friday, July 29, 2011
12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that most claims in a lawsuit against former Lehman Brothers Holdings [corporate website] officials could proceed. The plaintiffs, a group of investors, contend that Lehman's former officers, directors, and auditors, as well as security underwriters acted in violation of the Securities [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] issued rulings in two major tobacco products cases Friday relieving the federal government of liability for tobacco-related health problems and allowing the provinces to sue the tobacco industry for damages for tobacco-related health care costs. The court ruled [text; materials] unanimously on [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], convicted [JURIST report] in May 2010 for murder and waging war against India for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166, filed an appeal Friday challenging his death sentence. Prosecutors had [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina Senate [official website] Thursday voted 29-19 to override a veto [roll call vote] by Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] on legislation [HB 854 materials] that would require a 24-hour waiting period before receiving an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The vote means the legislation will become North [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The New Mexico Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday that environmental groups may intervene in state administrative hearings over greenhouse gas emissions standards. New Energy Economy (NEE) [advocacy website], a non-profit organization working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sought to intervene in a hearing before the New Mexico [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Attorneys argued [oral arguments audio file, MP3] before the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] Thursday that Rhode Island is not obligated to turn over alleged murderer Jason Pleau to federal prosecutors in an effort to prevent him from facing the death penalty in federal [read more]

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