Legal news from Monday, June 21, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Sweden's international prosecutor, Magnus Elving, announced Monday that he would investigate the possible role of Lundin Petroleum [corporate website] in crimes against humanity committed in Sudan [JURIST news archive] from 1997 to 2003. The investigation will examine allegations made in a report [text, PDF] released by the European Coalition [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday ordered the central government and seven state governments to explain the steps they have taken to reduce honor killings [AI backgrounder]. The order comes in response to a petition [TOI report] filed by Shakti Vahini [advocacy website], a non-governmental human [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Rent-A-Center v. Jackson [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that, under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [materials], the arbitrator has the authority to decide whether an arbitration agreement is valid, unless the plaintiff specifically [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] 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 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project [Cornell LII backgrounder] 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 [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha v. Regal-Beloit Corporation [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 [49 USC § 11706] does not apply to a shipment that originated overseas [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 in Monsanto Company v. Geerston Seed Farms [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the district court abused its discretion when it issued a nationwide injunction against a genetically modified alfalfa seed. The district court [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [BBC backgrounder]. The panel also indicated it will seek extradition of Warren Anderson, the former chairman of US chemical producer Union Carbide [corporate website], [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called for the removal of Zimbabwe [report materials; press release] from the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website], 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 [read more]

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