Legal news from Saturday, January 30, 2010
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Hawaii House of Representatives [official website] on Friday postponed indefinitely a vote on legislation [text, PDF] that would have allowed persons in same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive] the same rights as married heterosexual couples. The postponement was decided by voice vote; only a two-thirds majority in the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profile] Friday dismissed [transcript; press release] two Russian proposals for new European security treaties and reaffirmed US commitment to "unified" European security. In prepared remarks delivered at the L’Ecole Militaire in Paris, Clinton said:the Russian Government under President Medvedev has put forth [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Francois Fillon [official profile, in French] has asked the country's highest court, the State Council [official website, in French], for input on implementing a proposed law that would ban [AFP report] public wearing of the burqa, the full Islamic veil [Press TV report]. In a letter [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Friday found giant French entertainment corporation Vivendi SA [official website] liable [Dow Jones report] on 57 counts of violating US federal securities laws. The jury found that Vivendi SA had made material misstatements [read more]

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