April 25, 2011
by Ann Riley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton. The court will determine whether investor losses need to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence at the class certification stage prior to full discovery in order for the class action lawsuit to proceed. ...[read more]
April 18, 2011
by Ann Riley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Tapia v. United States to determine whether a district court may impose a longer prison sentence on a defendant to promote rehabilitation. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the US District Court for the Southern District of ...[read more]
April 14, 2011
by Ann Riley
The Italian Chamber of Deputies approved legislation by a vote of 314-296 Wednesday to shorten the statute of limitations for criminal trials of defendants who do not have prior convictions. The Italian Senate passed a similar version last January, to protect citizens against an infinite duration ...[read more]
April 11, 2011
by Ann Riley
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of tax fraud. After just two-and-a-half hours, Berlusconi left the trial saying the prosecution had no case against him and that the hearing was a waste of time. Berlusconi's media ...[read more]
April 7, 2011
by Ann Riley
The Alabama State House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to create an illegal immigration policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law. The bill, approved by a vote of 73-28, would grant state and local police broad powers to examine the immigration status of anyone detained, ...[read more]
April 4, 2011
by Ann Riley
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-conspirators will be tried before a military commission for their roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Holder, who wanted the accused be tried before a federal civilian court, referred the cases to the ...[read more]
March 31, 2011
by Ann Riley
The US Department of State announced on Wednesday that it would pursue a second term on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In continuing its membership, the US intends to further its stand against the council's "biased and disproportional focus on Israel," and push the council to "address a ...[read more]
March 31, 2011
by Ann Riley
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with Google over charges that the Internet giant breached consumer privacy rights and was misleading during the launch of its social networking platform, Google Buzz. The FTC complaint alleges that when Google ...[read more]
March 28, 2011
by Ann Riley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two consolidated cases concerning campaign financing. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, the court heard arguments on whether the First Amendment forbids states from providing publicly financed candidates with ...[read more]
March 24, 2011
by Ann Riley
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday denied a motion to lift the stay order prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, is pending. The court relied on the Supreme Court ruling in Nken v. ...[read more]

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