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Legal news from Thursday, October 11, 2012
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant [official website] on Wednesday joined a federal lawsuit [press release] challenging a policy directive [memorandum, PDF; JURIST report] to defer the deportation of young illegal immigrants. The claim [complaint, PDF], filed by [JURIST report] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on behalf of 10 agents [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday reversed [order, PDF] an injunction issued by the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against Samsung in an ongoing patent dispute with Apple [corporate websites]. Specifically, the Federal Circuit found [Reuters [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai Supreme Court [official website, in Thai] issued an arrest warrant Thursday for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The warrant was issued [AFP report] following his failure to appear before the court in an ongoing trial on five criminal charges including abuse of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] against Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile] alleging he ordered the killings of the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The lawsuit was filed by the widows of Juvenal [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four Nigerian residents and an advocacy group told a Dutch court on Thursday that Shell [corporate website] should be held liable [press release, in Dutch] for damage from oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The suit, which was filed by the four villagers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] ruled Wednesday that the Japanese government must disclose part of a 1965 treaty between Japan and South Korea regarding sexual slavery employed by Japan during wartime. The District Court ruled in favor [Korea Herald report] of 11 Japanese and Korean activists [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UN official on Wednesday said that Islamists who have seized power in northern Mali are violating the human rights of women and children through enforced prostitution and recruitment of child soldiers. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic [official profile] said [UN News Centre report] that rebel [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], in which the plaintiff is challenging the constitutionality of the university's affirmative action program. The plaintiff, Abigail Noel Fisher, was denied acceptance to the [read more]

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