Legal news from Monday, October 6, 2008
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] Trial proceedings began in Paris Monday in the case of 42 people, including the son of former French President Francois Mitterrand, allegedly involved in the so-called Angolagate [Global Witness report, PDF] scandal regarding the supply of illegal arms to the Angolan government between 1993 and 1998 in contravention of [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Citigroup Inc., Wachovia Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. [corporate websites] announced Monday that they had reached an agreement [Citigroup press release] to freeze litigation activity until at least noon Wednesday. The agreement follows a weekend of legal maneuvering, when a New York State appellate judge reversed a court [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments Monday in three cases, including Altria Group v. Good [merit briefs], 07-562, in which the Court will consider whether the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act [text] bars state lawsuits based on allegedly deceptive cigarette advertising. A [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Senior officers in the Ugandan military [official website] could held responsible for the use of child soldiers under a new US law, according to a Monday report [text] in Kampala's Daily Monitor. The Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008 [text], signed into law [press release] by US President George [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday renewed his call for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader and war crimes suspect Joseph Kony [BBC profile; case materials] after new attacks attributed to the rebels. Moreno-Ocampo said Kony's group, the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began its 2008 term [calendar, PDF], in which it has agreed to hear cases involving pre-emption of state law, the separation of church and state, and broadcast indecency, among other issues. The Court began hearing oral arguments Monday [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials for Bank of America [corporate website] announced Monday that they have agreed to an $8.4 billion settlement [press release] in response to allegations by 11 state attorneys general that subsidiary Countrywide Financial [corporate website] engaged in deceptive business practices that harmed consumers. California Attorney General Jerry Brown, a [read more]

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