Legal news from Monday, July 14, 2008
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Reserve Board on Monday approved new rules for home mortgage loans [draft regulations, PDF; press release] designed to reduce unfair lending practices and increase consumer protection. The new rule amends the Truth in Lending Act [text] to include prohibitions against granting loans without a verification of the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A New York district court judge ruled [PDF text] Monday that Internet auction house eBay [corporate website] is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company [corporate website], alleging that eBay diluted [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Five men involved in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic planes [JURIST report] leaving a London airport pleaded guilty to lesser conspiracy charges Monday in London's Woolwich Crown Court [official website]. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvir Hussain [GlobalSecurity profiles] admitted that they planned to set off [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters led by Thailand's People's Alliance for Democracy [JURIST news archive] petitioned the country's National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) [official website] Monday, asking it to bring new corruption charges against government officials and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The protesters are seeking new charges [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush issued a memorandum [presidential statement] Monday to the Secretary of the Interior, lifting an executive ban on offshore oil drilling [JURIST news archive] put in place in 1990 by then-President George H. W. Bush. Monday's action will have little practical effect because offshore drilling [read more]

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[JURIST] Canadian government leaders reached an agreement [text, PDF; press release, PDF] with Nova Scotian officials on Sunday which requires the Canadian government to pay the province $235 million CAD for lost profits from prior government offshore oil and gas projects. In 1980, the Canadian government obtained the right [program [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] applied for an arrest warrant [application, PDF; ICC press release] Monday for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed in the country's Darfur region [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Switzerland [official website, in German] Monday ruled that Doctors without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] must repay the Dutch government for its share of a ransom paid to secure the release of a MSF official. MSF's former Dagestan head was kidnapped in 2002 [MSF backgrounder], and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A former vice president for Hewlett Packard (HP) [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] Friday to one count of theft of trade secrets [18 USC s. 1832 text] for giving HP protected information he obtained while working for IBM [corporate website]. Atul Malhotra said in his plea that before leaving [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French Council of State [official website, in French] has denied [ruling, PDF, in French] a Moroccan-born Muslim woman's citizenship application because she failed to assimilate to French culture and she practices a type of Islam found incompatible with French values. The ruling was made public for the first [read more]

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[JURIST] French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner [BBC profile] said Monday that officials will have to adjust the final declaration [PDF text] of a Paris Mediterranean summit [summit materials, PDF] because of a disagreement between Israelis and Palestinians on how Israel [JURIST news archive] is described in the agreement. The summit began Sunday [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish prosecutors indicted 86 alleged members of the secular Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder] group Monday for allegedly attempting to destabilize and overthrow the country's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. The group is believed responsible for bombing the headquarters of the newspaper Cumhuriyet [newspaper website, in Turkish], assassinating [read more]

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