Legal news from Friday, September 10, 2004
16:09 EDT

The European Commission Friday was reported to be considering a US district court ruling allowing Oracle's proposed hostile takeover of PeopleSoft. The Commission, which includes the EU's antitrust regulators, is deciding whether to raise its own objections to the acquisition; it could stall or end Oracle's plans if it challenges [read more]

16:09 EDT

The Polish parliament voted unanimously Friday to pursue compensation from Germany for World War II damages, 65 years and 9 days after German troops invaded Poland under orders from Nazi leader Adolph Hitler. The resolution, which has heightened increasing tensions between the two countries, also claimed to absolve the Polish [read more]

15:09 EDT

Investigators reported Friday that at least nine governor's offices had received letters designed to ignite when opened. The most recent arrived at Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski's and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's offices Friday, although they was not opened. Similar letters have also been received in Montana, Texas, Idaho, Nebraska, Washington, [read more]

14:09 EDT

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled Friday that lawyers appointed by the court last week to represent former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in his war crimes trial can appeal their assignment. The lawyers requested permission to appeal Thursday, after Milosevic refused to cooperate with them (see this [read more]

14:09 EDT

Qwest Communications, the nations fourth-largest local phone company, is expected to announced a $250 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over financial and disclosure fraud charges, an anonymous source said Friday. The settlement, which would be one of the largest this year reached by the SEC, will likely [read more]

13:09 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday to allow a parliamentary investigation into the events surrounding the deadly hostage crisis last week in the south of the country. Putin previously agreed to an internal investigation, but had opposed another inquiry, calling it unnecessary. The investigation will be carried out by the [read more]

13:09 EDT

AP is reporting that phone companies Sprint and AT&T have agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with the government over alleged violations of federal credit laws for customers in search of phone service.UPDATE: The Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement Friday, in which Sprint and AT&T will pay $1.125 million [read more]

12:09 EDT

US Army Spc. Armin J. Cruz, charged with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, will go to trial Saturday, the first trial of a military intelligence soldier in the abuse scandal. Cruz, a member of the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, is charged with forcing detainees to strip and [read more]

12:09 EDT

A US district judge ruled Friday that a Pennsylvania law requiring Internet service providers to block websites with child pornography on them was unconstitutional because of its effect on legitimate websites. Judge Jan E. DuBois of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the Pennsylvania [read more]

11:09 EDT

A 10-year-old ban on assault weapons is set to expire Monday, with debate on its effectiveness continuing and gunmakers preparing to resume sales of the arms. The ban was signed by President Clinton in 1994 with the concession that it require renewal in 10 years, but support for weapons control [read more]

10:09 EDT

Insufficient funding and training have left US officers unprepared to vet visa applications by Saudis for possible terror suspects, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security. The report found that 9 out of 10 officers in the screening program could not read Arabic and many [read more]

09:09 EDT

A group of 67 mercenaries accused of planning a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea were sentenced Friday by a Zimbabwean court, with the group's leader, a former UK military officer, receiving a seven-year sentence. The majority of the group received one-year sentences for immigration violations after they were acquitted of [read more]

09:09 EDT

Friday's New York Times includes reports that the CIA kept some detainees off prison rosters to hide them from the Red Cross inspectors, debates still rage over what to do about the soon-to-expire assault weapons ban, a federal appeals court in California ruled that federal regulators erred when they didn't [read more]

09:09 EDT

The Walt Disney Co. announced Friday that embattled CEO Michael Eisner (Forbes profile) will retire in September 2006, when his contract expires. Although holding the position for 20 years and presiding over large expansions of the company, Eisner faced a battle to remain in his role this spring after losing [read more]

09:09 EDT

Sudan's foreign minister Friday rejected US claims that the crisis in the Darfur region of the country should be considered genocide. Mustafa Osman Ismail said the US was trying to divert attention from Iraq with the announcement. Both President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell described the atrocities in [read more]

08:09 EDT

Ambassador to the UN John Danforth says there was a favorable response to a draft resolution on atrocities in Darfur region of the Sudan that the US presented Thursday to the Security Council. The draft was circulated the same day that both President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell [read more]

05:09 EDT

In Friday's US law and business press, Law.com carries an AP report that a federal bankruptcy judge has approved bonuses for Owens Corning executives offered to keep them from leaving the bankrupt corporation.... The New York Law Journal reports that the NY Office of Court Administration has relaxed a rule [read more]

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