Legal news from Friday, August 1, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that federal courts have jurisdiction over cases in which 100 or more plaintiffs bring related claims. The case involves 144 plaintiffs claiming injuries from chemicals released by the manufacturing practices of four companies. [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] submitted a letter [text, PDF] Thursday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site] claiming that irregularities surrounding his trial there on war crimes charges [amended indictment; case materials] will prevent a [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment [opinion, PDF] against Cheryl Steele, a former economist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) [official website] who had filed a lawsuit alleging a hostile work [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for California's Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego ruled [opinion, PDF; case materials] Thursday that challenged provisions of California's Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) [materials] are constitutional and do not violate the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) [text]. The counties of San Diego and San Bernardino had [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Friday that it will pay former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill [WP profile] $2.8 million to settle his claim that the DOJ violated the US Privacy Act [text] by providing information about him to journalists during its investigation [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday obtained and made available a government handbook [PDF download; press release] issued to the lawyers defending the illegal immigrants arrested in May during the massive raid on an Agriprocessors Inc. [corporate website] meatpacking plant in Iowa. The document contains pre-printed forms [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate passed a bill [HR 4040 text, PDF; Senate amendments, PDF] late on Thursday designed to increase the safety of children's products by mandating new safety rules and restricting the kinds of materials which may be used. The legislation establishes a maximum level of lead, bans certain [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Thursday affirmed [decision; PDF] a decision to dismiss claims filed by fifteen current and former inmates alleging that various employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] violated their constitutional rights when they confiscated inmates' [read more]

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