Legal news from Monday, July 11, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge T.S. Ellis Monday denied a motion by US-based security firm Custer Battles [corporate website] to invoke the False Claims Act [text] to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two former employees alleging that the Rhode Island security firm defrauded the US government of millions under its contract [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau [Wikipedia profile] has announced a criminal investigation of former UN Oil-for-Food chief Benon Sevan [official profile]. According to a New York Sun report, Sevan is being investigated in connection with allegations of commercial bribery related to his role as executive director of the UN [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A former Yugoslav army general testifying Monday on behalf of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] denied that the former leader and Bosnian Serb forces were responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and suggested it did not even take place. Bozidar Delic, army commander during Bosnia's 1992-95 [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law news, Sprint [corporation website] has said it will buy its affiliate and litigant, US Unwired [corporate website]. In a press release, Sprint said it will purchase its Louisiana-based distributor for $1.3 billion and US Unwired will cease all pending legal action against Sprint. [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Illinois Supreme Court [official website] has denied the request of the Associated Press [website] and two newspapers for access to transcripts of a pre-trial hearing involving a state murder charge arising out of the drowning deaths of three children. The crganizations argued unsuccessfully that [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Justice Department antitrust regulators have asked for more information about a $3.4 billion stock bid [JURIST report] by Adobe Systems Inc. [corporate website] to buy Macromedia Inc. [corporate website]. The DOJ wants to know more about the competitive landscape for multimedia content tools [CNET report]. Adobe makes popular [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Denise Cote gave preliminary approval Monday to a civil settlement that would have convicted former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST report] forfeit as much as $45 million in personal assests [JURIST report] in order to avoid paying restitution. Ebbers still faces criminal sentencing for his conviction [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Fomer Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov [MosNews profile] is being investigated by Russia's Prosecutor General for fraud and abuse of trust, according to Russian media reports Monday. Kasyanov is suspected of buying a $100 million country home and another real estate parcel at a fraction of their cost. He [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia filed criminal charges Monday against Richard Ness, the American chief of Newmont Mining Corporation's [corporate website] Indonesian subsidiary, alleging environmental pollution. Indonesia previously filed a $133 million civil suit [JURIST report] against Newmont, which has denied any wrongdoing [press release]. The charges stem from claims that residents near [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, debate begins today in the UN General Assembly [official website] on the draft resolution [official PDF text] proposal to expand the UN Security Council [official website] by six new permanent member seats, among them the proposing G4 nations [JURIST report], and four new non-permanent member [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's parliament will debate a "comprehensive" bill later this month that would allow it to reorganize the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) [JURIST news archive] charged with trying Saddam Hussein and move his trial up, preferably to before the scheduled October referendum on a new Iraqi constitution. The first reading [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nine construction workers have died after Iraqi police left them in a metal container for 14 hours in blistering summer heat. Iraqi police detained 12 men suspected of insurgent activity after a firefight with US troops. One of the survivors claimed he was also tortured with electric shocks. Iraq [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Republican officials expect President Bush to put forward a nominee to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the end of July, according to Monday's Washington Post. Senator Orrin Hatch has meanwhile joined several other Senators in speculating that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will retire within days, telling [transcript] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with TIME magazine reporter Matthew Cooper just days before the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame [Wikipedia profile] was revealed in a newspaper column by Bob Novak, but although he referred to her he has denied mentioning her by name, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Jury selection begins Monday in the first of over 3,800 state and federal lawsuits [JURIST report] against pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website], alleging that the company knew its popular painkiller Vioxx [corporate backgrounder] was dangerous before it voluntarily pulled the drug from the market in September 2004. The SEC [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Association of Chief Police Officers [official website] reported Sunday that relations with Muslims in the UK were "reassuringly calm" [press release] in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings, tentatively linked to Islamic extremists. Fearing public backlash, the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] had [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Cyrus Kar, the American filmmaker detained by US forces in Iraq in May and held for 54 days [JURIST report] after the taxi he was riding in was stopped at a checkpoint and found to be carrying timing devices that could be used to make bombs, described his ordeal [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Islamist radical Mohammed Bouyeri for the November 2004 murder [BBC report] of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh [Wikipedia profile] opened with high security in place on Monday in Amsterdam. The controversial Van Gogh had published columns and a short film criticizing abuses against women under Islam; [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Voice of the Faithful [advocacy website], a Catholic lay reform group with some 30,000 members nationwide, approved a resolution on Sunday at its first national meeting [meeting website] in three years calling for tougher laws against clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive]. Louisiana and Ohio currently have legislation pending [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Following the adoption of a peace treaty [BBC report], the approval of a new constitution [JURIST report], and the installation of a new government [JURIST report], newly-reappointed Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir [Wikipedia profile] has, as anticipated [JURIST report], lifted the country's state of emergency, except in Darfur and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Relatives and survivors of the Srebrenica massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder] mourned as more than six hundred coffins containing newly-identified remains recovered from mass graves were interred in the town cemetary Monday, the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the 1995 killings. As many as 50,000 attended the burials, including former [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet Sunday approved plans for enclosing Jerusalem by part of the security fence [official website] designed to keep out suicide bombers and prevent other terrorist attacks on Israel's civilian population. Palestinians in four Jerusalem neighborhoods that include some 55,000 people [Jerusalem Post report] say that the new [read more]

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