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Legal news from Monday, June 21, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Sweden's international prosecutor, Magnus Elving, announced Monday that he would investigate the possible role of Lundin Petroleum in crimes against humanity committed in Sudan from 1997 to 2003. The investigation will examine allegations made in a report released by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS), which alleged that …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of India on Monday ordered the central government and seven state governments to explain the steps they have taken to reduce honor killings. The order comes in response to a petition filed by Shakti Vahini, a non-governmental human rights organization seeking the implementation of stricter laws against the …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Rent-A-Center v. Jackson that, under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the arbitrator has the authority to decide whether an arbitration agreement is valid, unless the plaintiff specifically challenges the agreement's delegation provision. Under the Restatement (Second) of …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Chase Bank USA v. McCoy [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider whether a creditor seeking to raise the interest rate on a credit card where the cardholder defaulted must provide the cardholder with a change in terms …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project that a federal law criminalizing providing material support for groups designated as terrorist organizations is constitutional. The court rejected plaintiffs' argument that the case should be decided on statutory grounds before ever reaching constitutional issues, …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha v. Regal-Beloit Corporation that the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 [49 USC § 11706] does not apply to a shipment that originated overseas under a single bill of lading. The petitioner, shipping company …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-1 in Monsanto Company v. Geerston Seed Farms that the district court abused its discretion when it issued a nationwide injunction against a genetically modified alfalfa seed. The district court sought to remedy a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [EPA …

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by Hillary Stemple

A panel of Indian Cabinet ministers on Monday recommended that the government consider increasing compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster. The panel also indicated it will seek extradition of Warren Anderson, the former chairman of US chemical producer Union Carbide, the company responsible for the spill. Members of the panel …

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by Dwyer Arce

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called for the removal of Zimbabwe from the Kimberley Process (KP), the global organization dedicated to suppressing trade in so-called "conflict diamonds." The report, "Deliberative Chaos," calls on the KP to suspend Zimbabwe at its meeting in Israel June 21. According to the report, human …

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