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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, Nov. 3

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases today, beginning at 10 AM ET. In the first, Small v. United States (case summary from Duke Law School), the Court will consider whether a conviction in a foreign court qualifies for a law making it a crime for a convicted felon to carry a firearm. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case. In Smith v. City of Jackson (case summary from Duke Law School), the Court will consider a circuit split over disparate impact claims under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act. The ABA provides merit briefs from the case.

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in its review of a lower court ruling throwing out a $145 billion jury verdict against the tobacco industry. Documents filed in the case are available here. JURIST’s Paper Chase has background on the case.

The US House and Senate are in recess until Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok will formally release a report on economic conditions in the EU, along with legal recommendations necessary to improve the bloc's economy. BBC News has a preview of the report to be released later today.

The Israeli Knesset is scheduled to hold a key vote relating to Prime Minister Sharon's plan to withdrawal from Gaza. The vote will determine compensation for Israeli settlers uprooted by the plan. A webcast of proceedings is available. AP has more.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the trial of Momcilo Krajisnik continues, while the Enver Hadzihasanovic and Amir Kubura trial has been cancelled for today. Watch a webcast of the Krajisnik trial beginning at 3:30 AM ET (9:30 AM local time). The webcast is on a 30-minute delay for witness protection purposes. ICTY has background on the Krajisnik trial.

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