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Legal news from Friday, March 6, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Organic grocer Whole Foods Market [corporate website] agreed to a settlement [decision and order, PDF; FTC docket] with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] on Friday over its 2007 merger with rival grocer Wild Oats Market [corporate website]. If approved by the FTC Commissioners, the settlement will [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court ordered the arrest of Cumhuriyet [media website, in Turkish] journalist Mustafa Balbay Thursday for his alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. Balbay was arrested [Hurriyet report] along with internet publisher Neriman Aydin as part of the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted [order, PDF] a motion by the US government to dismiss as moot an appeal challenging the indefinite detention of suspected al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive]. The Court had granted certiorari [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Friday sought to have new charges [JURIST report] of embezzlement and money laundering against Khordorkovsky and his former business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] dropped. The two men are accused of illegally taking approximately $20 billion from Russian energy firm [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Kenya [press release, PDF] to transfer suspected pirates [JURIST news archive] captured by EU counter-pirate operations into Kenyan custody for prosecution. The agreement contains provisions for the nine Somali pirates captured by German [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston on Friday called for an independent investigation into the Thursday killings of Kenyan human rights activists Oscar Kamau Kingara [advocacy profile] and John Paul Oulu. The two men were officers for the Oscar Foundation [advocacy website], [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of legal and medical experts headed by Spanish Minister of Equality Bibiano Aido [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday proposed sweeping reforms [press release, in Spanish] to Spain's current abortion [JURIST news archive] laws. The panel contends that women should have the right to choose to abort [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday that his office may investigate whether Sudan's expulsion of foreign aid agencies [Oxfam press release] is a possible breach of human rights law or war crime. Colville said that such an investigation had not yet begun, but strongly [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday held a hearing [press release] to reconsider California's request to regulate automobile greenhouse gases [materials]. Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board [official website] Mary Nichols was joined by environmental groups and other state officials [AP report] at the hearing [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government [official website; JURIST news archive] and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [group website; JURIST news archive] should agree on an evacuation plan for civilians [press release] caught in hostilities between the groups in the country's Vanni region, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Wednesday. [read more]

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