Legal news from Monday, January 24, 2005
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Republicans [official website] Monday announced that in the new Congressional session they will consider putting limits on awards in class-action lawsuits before taking on President George W. Bush's top domestic goal of Social Security privatization. In an attempt to limit forum-shopping, a proposed GOP bill would remove [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Senators supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage said Monday they will press for passage of the amendment in the new Congress despite President Bush's recent indication that he will not lobby for its passage [APB report]. GOP Senate leaders are expected to bring the amendment to a [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly opened its 28th Special Session [official website] Monday commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Jews from Nazi death camps. Various world leaders and Nobel Laureate author Elie Wiesel [biography], a World War II death camp survivor, spoke at the session. Speakers remembered the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tensions escalated in the dispute between Venezuela and Colombia Sunday as a celebration of Venezuelan independence quickly turned into a march of supporters of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez [official website in Spanish], expressing approval for his response to the December arrest of FARC [faction website in Spanish] rebel leader [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, British company JD Wetherspoon [corporate website], owner of 650 restaurants and pubs, announced that it will be banning smoking in its establishments, with all of them becoming smoke-free by May 2006. The company has been a proponent of non-smoking areas, but has decided to [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israel has reportedly begun seizing land in east Jerusalem land owned by Palestinians in the West Bank under a law passed in 1950. The land has been transferred to the Custodian of Absentee Property [UN Secretariat working paper with law text attached], a body formed by the law, according [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of abortion opponents marched on Washington Monday, commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade which fell Saturday. In a phone call from Camp David [US Newswire transcript] President Bush addressed the March for Life [event website] rally, stating that "this movement will [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, ImClone Systems Inc. [corporate website] has agreed to settle a class-action shareholder lawsuit from 2002 for $75 million. The lawsuit accused the company of making false and misleading statements about a prospective drug. The settlement comes a week after ImClone's former CEO [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Wednesday's scheduled execution of convicted mass murderer Michael Ross [About.com profile] was postponed indefinitely Monday by order of District Judge Robert N. Chatigny, so that Chatigny can hear arguments on Ross' mental capacity. Had the execution by lethal injection gone ahead, Ross would have become to first person put [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil al-Duleimi, an Iraqi lawyer representing ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has gone into hiding after receiving death threats over the last three weeks, Saddam's chief defense attorney Ziad al-Khasawneh announced on Monday. Al-Duleimi, one of 25 attorneys representing Saddam, reportedly told other lawyers on the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Gannett Company [official site], the nation's largest newspaper publisher, and the New York Times Company [official corporate site], are under investigation by federal antitrust enforcers regarding their plans to acquire rival papers, according to a report Monday by the Wall Street Journal [subscription required]. The Justice Department is specifically [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday issued rulings on the Fourth Amendment in Illinois v. Caballes and on a tax law issue in Commissioner v. Banks. In Caballes, the Court held that a driver stopped for speeding and then subjected to a "dog sniff" that indicated the presence of drugs [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's international brief, US lawmakers from the House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa [official website] who met with Sudanese government officials and displaced Sudanese refugees in Chad over the weekend are expected to announce that they will urge the US Government to push harder for UN sanctions against [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft announced Monday that it has decided not to appeal the landmark December ruling [JURIST report; text] of the European Court of Justice [official website] ordering it to immediately implement EU antitrust sanctions that the European Commission [official website] imposed in a March 2004 decision [PDF]. The sanctions order [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A leading candidate on the Shiite Muslim ticket for this week's elections in Iraq has said that he fears the landmark poll could be tarnished by fraud and abuse. Iraqi Finance Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi [Reuters profile] indicated that security threats in certain areas of the country could lead [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal by Florida Governor Jeb Bush [JURIST report] against a Florida Supreme Court ruling [JURIST report; opinion PDF] striking down as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers a law [PDF text] that had authorized him to mandate the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities Monday announced the arrest of Sami Mohammed al-Jafi, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, a top aide to al Qaeda-linked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC News profile]. Al-Kurdi has been in Iraqi custody since January 15th, but the announcement of his capture was delayed until today. In a [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Law Society [profession website], which represents lawyers in England and Wales, has called for the nine foreign terror suspects who have been detained in the UK since December 2001 [background from BBC News] to be tried or released. In a decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] issued last month, [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department has denied a published report that it has set up a new internal espionage arm to get around legal restrictions on foreign clandestine operations. The Washington Post said over the weekend that DOD had established a "Strategic Support Branch" that would be subject to fewer [read more]

06:01 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Jan. 24.The US Senate [official website] will hold an executive session today at 3 PM ET to consider the nomination of Carlos M. Gutierrez for the Secretary of Commerce post. A live webcast [read more]

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