April 30, 2005
by Christina Gheen
US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema Friday denied a US Department of Justice request to release a report on FBI missteps leading up to 9/11. The report chronicles three episodes considered to be missed opportunities to detect the 9/11 plot, including the 2001 arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui. ...[read more]
April 30, 2005
by Christina Gheen
An Alabama Circuit Court refused Friday to dismiss the first wrongful-death suit brought against Merck for their painkiller Vioxx. Merck pulled Vioxx from the market when a study found it to double the chances of heart attacks and strokes in patients who took the drug more than 18 months. The ...[read more]
April 20, 2005
by Christina Gheen
Suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad announced Wednesday through his political party that he will run for election to the UK parliament on May 5 from his cell in Woodhill Prison in Buckinghamshire. Ahmad has been indicted in the US for operating a website that raised funds for Muslim militants in ...[read more]
April 20, 2005
by Christina Gheen
Robert Parton and Miranda Duncan, two investigators from a special panel appointed by the UN to investigate the United Nations Oil-For-Food program, resigned Wednesday in protest over a March report that they said was too lax on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Parton and Duncan accused the ...[read more]
April 20, 2005
by Christina Gheen
The Italian Supreme Court Wednesday confirmed a lower court ruling to keep tube-feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident. The appeal was brought by Englaro's father, who believes that she would have preferred to die. The court rejected the argument because there... ...[read more]
April 13, 2005
by Christina Gheen
In a major setback for the country's political opposition, Pakistan's Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed petitions contending that the dual role of General Pervez Musharraf as Pakistan president and army chief of staff is contrary to the provisions of the Pakistan constitution. The judgment... ...[read more]
April 13, 2005
by Christina Gheen
The US House Ways and Means Committee approved a massive energy bill Wednesday. The Enhanced Energy Infrastructure and Technology Tax Act of 2005 includes industrial tax breaks, extends the use of ethanol for farmers, and gives authorization for oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge. The ...[read more]
April 13, 2005
by Christina Gheen
The US House of Representatives voted 272-162 late Wednesday to permanently repeal federal estate taxes in 2010 and beyond. The federal government is estimated to lose $290 billion in tax revenue over a decade if the bill, HR 8 succeeds in the Senate. Many Democrats see the ban as favoring the ...[read more]
April 6, 2005
by Christina Gheen
A Chilean appeals court Wednesday upheld a $5 million asset freeze of former president Augusto Pinochet. A bid by Pinochet's lawyers to have the judge, Sergio Munoz, removed because of bias was also rejected. Pinochet is currently being investigated for tax evasion and misappropriation of pub... ...[read more]
April 6, 2005
by Christina Gheen
According to a rankings released Wednesday, the top 50 US law firms achieved double-digit growth in turnover and profits in 2004. The rankings, performed by Legal Week magazine, show that these firms have pulled in $33 billion in fees with average partner profits topping $1.2 million. The Legal ...[read more]

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