Legal news from Monday, November 22, 2004
21:11 EDT

[JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal issued a legal opinion Monday holding that supermarkets cannot collect sales taxes on prepared foods and must issue refunds to consumers that had been overtaxed. Prepared foods include the precooked items one can find at a deli counter, such as rotisserie chickens, sushi, or potato [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Mississippi Supreme Court Monday overturned a verdict that had netted a Mississippi man $80 million. Carroll V. Hood and his company had been awarded the money, which included $75 million in punative damages, in a breach of contract claim against three insurance companies: Titan Indemnity Co., United States [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Press is reporting that US officials on Monday started the final review of draft rules that would drop the existing trade barrier against Canadian beef products. The US banned the import of all Canadian cattle and beef after an Alberta cow tested positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] While campaigning on behalf of fellow members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has called for a new constitution for the island, one that "fits today's realities in Taiwan." President Chen said Sunday that constitutional changes were necessary to "protect human rights, boost government efficiency, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI announced Monday that over 7400 hate crime incidents were reported in 2003. The total, which includes 14 murders, is mostly made up of intimidation, vandalism, and property destruction. The nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center indicates these incidents range from spray-painting of swastikas and racial slurs on people's [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority has chosen Mahmoud Abbas as its candidate in the January 9 election to replace Yasser Arafat, whom Abbas, 69, served as for many years as deputy of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Abbas has already been named to lead the PLO. AP [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The health of Chief Justice William Rehnquist remains largely a mystery since the disclosure several weeks ago that the nation's top jurist has thyroid cancer, but several upcoming events may serve as an indicator of the status of Rehnquist's condition, chief among which is the January inauguration of President [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, Nevada Power Company has filed a federal lawsuit against several investment banking firms, including Citigroup, JP Morgan Securities and Barclays Bank, claiming they conspired with Enron Corp. to manipulate power markets. Nevada Power claims it lost over $200 million from overcharging for [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] NASD's National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) on Monday permanently barred Frank Quattrone from working in the securities industry in any capacity for refusing to testify about his possible involvment in document destruction and obstruction of justice while at Credit Suisse First Boston. The decision overrules that of an earlier hearing [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The outcome of a pending lawsuit may decide the San Diego mayoral election. Incumbent Dick Murphy finished with 2,205 more votes than Councilwoman Donna Frye, according to the San Diego Registrar of Voters. However, the League of Women Voters has brought an action contending that thousands of voters wrote [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate has passed a bill increasing penalties for certain violations of copyright. The provisions, included in legislation approved, Saturday set up to three years in prison for those who videotape movies while in the theater, and stiff penalties for those who leak music or movies before their [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan court held a preliminary appeal hearing Monday in the case of three Americans who were convicted for illegally detaining and torturing eight Afghans, including a supreme court judge, in a an illegal prison. The defendants will argue that they were not given the chance to present a [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Advocates for a constitutional amendment allowing foreign-born citizens to run for President who recently launched television ads promoting the idea (previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase) are now pressing their case online. Amend for Arnold, inspired by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is just one of several websites actively pushing [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is officially in the lead after Sunday's run-off presidential election in Ukraine, but opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko, supported by outgoing President Leonid Kuchma, has alleged massive fraud in vote counting and voter turnout in heavily pro-government regions. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission is threatening to censure Sweden for failing to refer enough cases to the European Court of Justice. The Commission says that Sweden is breaking its EU treaty obligations by referring only three cases to the ECJ since 2001. Under the EU treaty, a court from which [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Federal enforcement of civil rights laws declined sharply during the Bush administration, according to a new study released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan research center housed at Syracuse University. According to the TRAC report, federal prosecutors filed charges for violations of civil rights laws against only [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Britain is considering a host of new anti-terrorism measures including the introduction of special courts to try terror suspects without a jury, according to an interview given by Home Secretary David Blunkett. Other measures being considered include allowing evidence gained from phone tapping to be used in trials and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] In a Monday editorial, the Washington Post opposes the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, citing Gonzales' role in a February 2002 presidential memorandum that concluded that the Geneva Conventions should be set aside for "unlawful combatants." Gonzales authored a January 2002 memorandum that concluded that the Geneva [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The longest and most expensive public investigation in British legal history entered its final phase Monday with lawyer Christopher Clarke beginning a two-day closing speech intended to provide an overview of the evidence heard by the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. British Prime Minister Tony Blair established the inquiry in 1998 [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] As the European Commission begins its work Monday, new objections are being raised as to the suitability of the France's commissioner. Some European Parliament members are calling for the suspension of Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot for failing to disclose a previous conviction for embezzlement during his confirmation hearings. Barrot [read more]

05:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, November 22.The trial of Fatmir Limaj and his co-defendants continues Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Watch a webcast of the trial beginning at 9:30 AM local time (3:30 [read more]

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