Legal news from Wednesday, January 22, 2003
22:01 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft filed an emergency stay application [PDF text] late Wednesday in the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to delay implementation, pending appeal, of a District Court order [PDF text] issued Tuesday requiring Microsoft to release an updated version of Sun Microsystem's Java language for Windows. Microsoft also [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued press releases concerning new rules adopted Wednesday on retention of auditor records [SEC press release], financial disclosures [SEC press release], auditor independence [SEC press release] and shareholder reports [SEC press release]. Full texts of the new rules are not yet available [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher Wednesday expressed the United States' "disappointment" at Libya's election to the chairmanship of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website]. Read excerpts from today's State Department briefing. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Robert Sweet's Wednesday dismissal of a precedent-setting obesity lawsuit against McDonald's Corporation is now online [opinion text, PDF] from the Southern District of New York. The suit was brought on behalf of overweight children in the Bronx and claimed that McDonald's products posed a danger to [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Securities and Exchange Commission held a public meeting Wednesday to adopt new rules addressing shareholder reports, auditor independence, management disclosure and retention of records pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Listen to recorded audio and view the full agenda. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Law professors Eric Muller (UNC) [Is That Legal blog post] and David Post (Temple) [Volokh Conspiracy blog post] share their perspectives on the 30th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade. NOW President Kim Grandy has also issued a statement [text]. President Bush spoke by telephone [White House transcript] Wednesday to [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Harvard Law School announced Wednesday that The Oneida Indian Nation of central New York (part of the Iroquois Confederacy) has made a $3 million gift [HLS press release] endowing a chair at Harvard Law School for the study of American Indian law. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that although under the Fair Housing Act a corporation is vicariously liable for an employee's discriminatory acts, that liability does not extend to corporate officers and owners. Read Meyer v. Holley [PDF opinion] - Opinion by Breyer, vacating and remanding to [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Professor Jerry Goldman's excellent Oyez Supreme Court Multimedia Project at Northwestern University has launched a beta version of a new-look website. The good news is that there's a lot more information readily accessible on this redesigned home page than was accessible on the original, with a new focus on [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has posted recorded video of two recent law lectures. Watch former US War Crimes Ambassador and International Criminal Court negotiator David Scheffer on The United Nations and International Law: Still Relevant? [recorded video] and Georgetown law professor David Cole [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Courts Service has posted recorded video of the formal unveiling of the Thurgood Marshall commemorative stamp earlier this month. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Miami law professor Michael Froomkin has posted proofs of his upcoming Harvard Law Review article Toward a Critical Theory of Cyberspace [PDF text]. The article applies Habermas' discourse theory to the development of Internet standards, and concludes with reflections on various "technologies for democracy," including web logs (like [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] From the "pro-choice" perspective... The National Organization of Women (NOW) is marking the 30th anniversary of Roe with a candlelight vigil [NOW press release] in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) is launching an anniversary ad campaign [NARAL press [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in Dole Food/Dead Sea Bromine v. Patrickson (immunity, corporations) [case backgrounder] and Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America v. Concannon (prescription drugs, Medicaid, Commerce Clause) [case backgrounder]. Case summaries provided by the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. [read more]

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