Legal news from Sunday, March 16, 2008
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) [trade website] is facing allegations of racketeering, fraud, and illegal spying after an Oregon woman on Friday added claims [amended complaint] to an existing lawsuit against the RIAA, several recording companies, and data investigation company MediaSentry [corporate website] for tactics the entities [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government on Sunday blocked Internet users in the country from accessing the video-sharing website YouTube [corporate website] after videos of a recent government crackdown [YouTube video] on Tibetan protesters challenging Chinese rule were posted on the site. The protests [BBC backgrounder] over degradation of Tibetan culture and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Venezuela [JURIST news archive] have ordered former Venezuelan President Jaime Lusinchi [CIDOB backgrounder, in Spanish] to appear in court in connection with the killings of nine leftist students in the western Venezuelan town of Yumare in 1986. The Venezuelan prosecutor's office [official website, in Spanish] stated that [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Thelton Henderson [official profile] of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] told the Sacramento Bee Saturday he was "hopeful" that a court battle between the state of California and inmate advocacy groups over state prison conditions could be resolved before trial. Henderson [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the online community craigslist [community website] is not liable for third-party postings to its website which attempt to discriminate against people seeking housing. The plaintiffs in the case, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, [read more]

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