Legal news from Thursday, September 4, 2008
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] has renewed its call [press release] for an investigation into the actions of law enforcement officials at the Republican National Convention (RNC) [convention website] in Minnesota this week. The ACLU alleges that officers in St. Paul conducted "mass arrests, police raids [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian-based Teck Cominco Ltd. [corporate website] asked US District Court Judge John Sedwick Wednesday to approve a $120M settlement agreement with six Eskimo plaintiffs from the Alaskan village of Kivalino. The agreement stems from a 2002 lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the District of Alaska [official [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers demanding that the government reinstate judges ousted last year [JURIST report] by former President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] clashed with police in Islamabad on Thursday, according to media reports. Television images showed police beating the lawyers with batons outside Parliament, in a confrontation that reportedly began [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] has charged [complaint, PDF] two former brokers for Credit-Suisse [corporate website; JURIST news archive] with defrauding clients of $1 billion by selling subprime securities that they represented as being backed by government-guaranteed student loans. The SEC complaint, [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thai ">Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [official website, English version; BBC profile] refused to resign Thursday but instead proposed a national referendum on whether he should continue in office. In a radio address following an emergency Cabinet meeting, Samak encouraged the Senate to pass legislation allowing such a referendum, suggesting [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] has ruled [case materials; press release, PDF] that the EU violated the fundamental property rights of a Saudi business and a Swedish foundation linked to al-Qaeda [JURIST news archive] by freezing their assets without giving them a hearing. [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A lawsuit filed Wednesday in US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] challenges the latest version of a Farmers Branch [official website; JURIST news archive] municipal ordinance which prohibits illegal immigrants from occupying leased property. In the lawsuit [case materials] against the Dallas suburb, several [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] on a suit brought by several Kentucky environmental groups, including a chapter of the Sierra Club [advocacy website], against Stephen L. Johnson [EPA bio] in his official capacity as Administrator of the US [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court's grant of summary judgment to retailer Costco in a copyright infringement action brought by watch manufacturer Omega [corporate websites]. Omega claimed that Costco's unauthorized sale of its imported watches constituted [read more]

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