Legal news from Thursday, March 3, 2005
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, a task force charged with reducing air pollution to 2001 levels at the Port of Los Angeles [official website] is expected to approve a preliminary plan today. The task force was commissioned by LA mayor James Hahn, and is comprised of members from a [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Agriculture [official website] spokesperson said Thursday that the USDA will appeal yesterday's federal court decision to delay the re-opening of US border to cattle imports from Canada [JURIST report; injunction order and opinion (PDF)]. USDA spokesperson Ed Lloyd said that the court's injunction decision was [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Letitia Clark ruled Thursday that she will not reinstate Russian oil company Yukos' [official website] bankruptcy filing, which she dismissed last week for lack of jurisdiction [JURIST report; opinion text] in the United States. Late last week, Yukos filed a motion asking Judge Clark to reconsider [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] announced Putnam Investments [corporate website] has been ordered to pay an additional $43 million in fines as part of its punishment for an improper trading scandal. The announcement came after an independent consultant found the trading scandals cost [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Halliburton [corporate website] has disclosed in annual 10-K SEC filings that former employees may have engaged in bid rigging on foreign construction projects. Former company consultant and chairman of Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root [corporate website], Jack Stanley and others allegedly engaged in improper bidding and bribery of [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government said Thursday it could not appeal Wednesday's decision by a US federal judge in Montana to delay the re-opening of the American market to young Canadian cattle. Canadian cattle imports were stopped last year after a Canadian animal was found to have died of "mad cow [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Rasim Delic [Trial Watch profile], the former commander of Bosnia's Muslim army during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, pleaded not guilty Thursday in his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague on charges [ICTY summary; full indictment] of violating the laws of war [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien [CBC News profile] filed a motion in Canada's Federal Court [official website] Thursday to remove Justice John Gomery [CBC News profile] from the chairmanship of a judicial commission of inquiry [Gomery Commission website] investigating Chretien’s involvement in improper payments made by [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's international brief, two US Senators have called for the UN Security Council [official website] to impose heavy sanctions on the Sudanese government [official website] for forcing the genocide of thousands in Darfur to end. Senators Sam Brownback [official website] and Jon Corzine [official website] introduced a bill [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Bank of America Corp. said Thursday that it will pay $460.5 million to settle class-action lawsuits brought against it by former shareholders of WorldCom. In a statement released by the company today, Bank of America denies any wrongdoing and emphasized that the settlement will "eliminate the uncertainties, expense and [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] China's State Council Thursday responded to US State Department human rights reports issued Monday that had blasted China for human rights abuses [JURIST report] by issuing a report of its own [text] on US human rights practices highlighting abuses committed by the US in Iraq. The document, China's sixth [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] One of France's biggest-ever criminal trials [France 2 video report; in French] got under way Thursday as sixty-six people led by two former sex offenders stood accused of participating in a pedophilia ring in which children and babies were prostituted for food and small sums of money. All of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein chief lawyer Ziad al-Khasawneh said Thursday that the upcoming trial of his client should be delayed in the wake of the murder this week of a judge appointed to the Iraqi tribunal charged with hearing the case against the former dictator. Al-Khasawneh insisted that Iraq was still [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The GOP-dominated Senate Wednesday pushed ahead proposed bankruptcy overhaul legislation [PDF] by defeating a series of Democratic amendments that would have sheltered seniors and sick people. Senators voted 59-40 [Senate roll call] to reject an amendment [text] which would have given older Americans a special exemption which would have [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] late Wednesday approved a job-training bill that would allow faith-based organizations which receive federal funds to consider the religious beliefs of prospective employees. The vote on HR 27, the Job Training Improvement Act of 2005 [text, PDF], was 224-200 [House roll call], [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Thursday found radical cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir [BBC profile] guilty of conspiracy to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [CNN special report] that killed 202 people. The five-judge panel found that although Ba'asyir was not directly involved in the bombings, he did give his approval for [read more]

00:03 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, March 3.The US Senate [official website] will convene at 9:30 AM ET today, and it will consider S.J.Res. 4 [resolution summary], expressing disapproval over a Department of Agriculture rule, and S. 256 [bill [read more]

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