Legal news from Friday, January 28, 2005
22:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Supreme Court has refused to overturn a Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that earlier Friday had lifted a restraining order against the execution of serial killer Michael Ross. Ross wishes to die but his family and public defenders had sought to stop [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [PDF opinion] Friday that the patent for the once-a-week version of Fosamax [medical information], the second best selling drug produced by Merck & Co. [corporate website], is invalid. Fosamax currently dominates the market for treatment of osteoporosis. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced Friday that Microsoft [corporate website] may be fined up to five percent of its daily turnover, nearly $5 million per day, unless it complies with last year's antitrust decisions [JURIST Hot Topic archive] against the software giant. Last month, Microsoft was denied a [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Extra security measures [JURIST report] running through Sunday's election came into force in Iraq Friday [Iraqi Security Minister briefing] on a day when attacks on voting stations around Iraq resulted in 11 deaths. Driving of automobiles is now banned between 7 pm and 6 am, and all pedestrians are [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported Friday that German federal prosecutor Kay Nehm will not pursue war crimes charges [Tagesspiegel report in German] against US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile], but German officials are saying that a decision has not yet been made. Criminal charges have been filed against Rumsfeld [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] In Friday's environmental law news, US-based oil refining company ConocoPhillips [corporate website] has agreed to spend $525 million on emission controls and pay a $4.5 million dollar fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws. The company said yesterday that upgrading controls at 9 of the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] has lifted a restraining order preventing the execution of Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross [About.com profile], but said that the execution should be delayed until Ross' father can appeal to the Supreme Court. Ross received the death penalty [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's corporations and securities law news, Merck & Co. [corporate website] announced the SEC [official website] has started a formal probe into the company's handling of Vioxx [FDA information]. Merck had pulled the painkiller [Merck press release] from the market on September 30 because of its link to [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A British soldier told a UK court martial Friday he failed to report the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Sgt. Thomas Simon's testimony comes as part of the court martial of three British soldiers accused of abusing and assaulting Iraqi detainees [JURIST report; charge list from BBC News] at [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian judge Friday extended the detention of former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST Hot Topic; trial website] until May 14. Khodorkovsky was arrested in October 2003 [JURIST report] on charges of fraud and tax evasion. The prosecutor in the case argued that Khodorkovsky's continued detention is [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine prosecutors announced Friday that the criminal investigation into President Viktor Yushchenko's nominee for prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website] and her family will be closed. The investigations began in May 2004 following allegations that Tymoshenko attempted to bribe a judge to end court proceedings against a former associate. [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Four former leaders of Chile's secret police during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet [JURIST Newsmaker] were arrested in Chile Friday. Marcelo Moren Brito, Miguel Krassnoff, Fernando Laureani and Gerardo Godoy were taken into custody to serve 5-12 year sentences in connection to the 2004 abduction and death of [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Four federal employee union groups have filed suit in federal district court to block the implementation of controversial new personnel regulations at the Department of Homeland Security that may eventually be extended government-wide. The groups contend the new system limits collective bargaining, employee disciplinary appeal rights, and all but [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] In a ruling with significant constitutional implications, the UK High Court Friday upheld a law banning the use of hunting with dogs in England and Wales. Challenging the law, the Countryside Alliance [advocacy website] had argued that the 1949 Parliament Act [BBC News backgrounder], which amended a 1911 version [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Vladimir Lazarevic, a Serbian army general accused of war crimes in Kosovo in 1999 [ICTY joint indictment], surrendered to Serbian authorities on Friday. Lazarevic, the former commander of the army's "Pristina Corps" stands accused of planning, instigating, ordering, and committing a range of crimes against Kosovo Albanians during the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two high-ranking Russian military officers have been arrested and warrants have been issued for the arrest of several others after the Russian parliamentary commission investigating last year's terrorist seizure of a school in Beslan handed over evidence to law enforcement officials about the siege, during which which 330 people [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Mamdouh Habib [background from Prisoners without Trials], an Australian who has been held for the last 3 years at the terror suspect detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, returned home to Australia Friday. Habib was arrested in Pakistan in 2001, accused of assisting al-Quaeda and having prior knowledge of the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Luxembourg Justice Minister Luc Frieden [official profile], speaking Friday at a meeting of EU justice ministers, has called for the European Union to institute a ban on the use of Nazi symbols as part of a larger effort to punish hate crimes motivated by racism or xenophobia. Luxembourg holds [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 Friday, Jan. 28.At the US Department of State [official website], Condoleezza Rice will be sworn in as the nation's 66th secretary of state at 9:45 AM ET. Read Rice's welcome remarks [text] to State [read more]

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