Legal news from Tuesday, October 12, 2004
21:10 EDT

In a report released Tuesday, Justice Department officials endorsed a pair of controversial bills favored by the entertainment industry that would criminalize passive sharing of copyrighted material through file-swapping programs and create tort liability for companies that induce copyright infringement by marketing products that facilitate the violations. The DOJ officials [read more]

21:10 EDT

With Democratic candidate John Kerry opening a recent lead in Pennsylvania according to recent polls, President Bush is making trial lawyers a target of his campaign in the battleground state. The Bush campaign is airing a series of television and radio spots beginning this weekend in the Philadelphia media that [read more]

20:10 EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced late Tuesday that it is seeking a $1.18 million fine against 169 Fox television stations over their alleged broadcast of indecent material during an April 2003 episode of the reality show "Married By America." The FCC voted 5-0 in favor of fining the stations [read more]

20:10 EDT

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has filed a formal protest with the Federal Election Commission over plans by a major broadcast group to air a film next week criticizing presidential hopeful John Kerry's anti-war activism upon returning from active duty in Vietnam. Sinclair Broadcast Group has asked its 62 television [read more]

17:10 EDT

In Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, a federal jury in Memphis has ordered Medtronic Inc. to pay $400 million in punitive damages to a Los Angeles surgeon for infringing patents covering spinal-implant products. Just last month, jurors awarded the same surgeon $159 million for Medtronic's violation of contracts covering [read more]

16:10 EDT

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Prince Mansour, head of his country's election committee, announced that Saudi women would not be permitted to run or vote in next year's round of nationwide municipal elections. He insisted that this was not a ban, but rather a problem of [read more]

16:10 EDT

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice is investigating whether it broke accounting rules to smooth earnings and boost executive bonuses. The US Attorney for the District of Columbia has asked the company to save documents related to the accounting abuses. The SEC opened a probe [read more]

15:10 EDT

The US Supreme Court heard two cases Tuesday on the issue of whether the US government can send immigrants back to countries that have not agreed to accept them, a matter of considerable concern since the events of September 11. Jama v. INS (summary from Duke Law School) involved a [read more]

15:10 EDT

The Federal Trade Commission announced at a press conference Tuesday that it has launched its first court action against a manufacturer of spyware, software that is downloaded off the Internet to a user's computer without his or her permission and then "spys" on their surfing habits. A FTC press release [read more]

14:10 EDT

Russia's Justice Ministry said Tuesday that it would sell off a subsidiary of Yukos Oil to satisfy unmet claims for back taxes owed by the mammoth Russian oil company. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, a Moscow court ruled Monday that Yukos owed the state almost $1.34 billion in [read more]

13:10 EDT

The newly re-elected conservative government of Australian Prime Minister John Howard indicated Tuesday that it would use its greater control over the Australian Senate to secure passage of tougher anti-terrorism legislation that would allow surveillance of emails and text messages and would protect sensitive national security information in terror-related court [read more]

13:10 EDT

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammad ElBaradei has told UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that satellite images of Iraq show that equipment and materials that could be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons have disappeared from that country and can no longer be monitored for compliance with international proliferation standards. [read more]

12:10 EDT

In addition to granting certiorari in two Ten Commandments cases (as reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase), the US Supreme Court Tuesday also agreed to hear Lingle v. Chevron, a case involving legislation in Hawaii aimed at reducing the price of gas. Chevron USA challenged the 1997 law, alleging that [read more]

10:10 EDT

The time limit for complaints about irregularities in Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan passed Tuesday evening local time. Election regulations stipulated that candidates had until 1330 GMT (0930 ET) to submit complaints to the Joint Electoral Management Body. The JEMB will now investigate and process the complaints to determine if [read more]

10:10 EDT

AP is reporting that the Supreme Court has taken a case on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government land and buildings.UPDATE: The justices will consider two cases, one on the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Texas state Capitol (Orden v. Perry, US [read more]

09:10 EDT

At least 11 al-Qaeda suspects have "disappeared" while in US custody, according to a report issued Tuesday by the monitoring group Human Rights Watch. The suspects, including Khalid Shaikh Muhammed, the alleged principal architect of September 11; Abu Zubayda, said to be a close aide of Osama bin Laden; and [read more]

09:10 EDT

The President-designate of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, has defended his nominated team of incoming commissioners after an EU parliamentary review panel Monday took the unusual step of rejecting Justice portfolio nominee Rocco Buttiglione, a Roman Catholic who told the panel in testimony last week that he believed [read more]

09:10 EDT

The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague resumed Tuesday after a month-long suspension, granted after British lawyers appointed to represent Milosevic after he was deemed too ill to properly represent himself any longer requested more time to [read more]

08:10 EDT

Reuters is reporting that a grand jury has subpoenaed flu vaccine manufacturer Chiron for information about its vaccine, production of which at a British facilty was stopped last week by UK regulators. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the production stoppage has cut US flu vaccine supplies almost in [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, October 12.The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Leocal v. Ashcroft (case summary from Duke Law School), where the Court will decide whether DUI with serious bodily injury is [read more]

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