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Legal news from Thursday, June 24, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris said Thursday that members of a recently-appointed UN panel will not be permitted to enter the country to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The government rejected the appointment of the panel …

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by Drew Singer

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday formally apologized to the families of the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing for the government's failure to prevent the attack. The apology comes one week after the Air India Commission, led by former Canadian Supreme Court justice John Major, …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 8-0 in Morrison v. National Australia Bank that the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) does not provide a cause of action to foreign plaintiffs suing for misconduct occurring on foreign stock exchanges. The court held that, as a …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in Skilling v. United States that the "honest services" doctrine [18 USC § 1346 text] is not unconstitutionally vague under a limited construction of the statute and that the district court adequately "detected and diffused" juror prejudice in the pre-trial …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 8-1 in Doe #1 v. Reed that the First Amendment does not bar a state from releasing identifying information about petitioner signers where there is a sufficiently compelling state interest. The case arose over an order to publish the …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 in Magwood v. Patterson that a federal habeas corpus petition is not "second or successive" when a new judgment intervenes between it and a previous petition. Federal law [28 USC § 2244(b) text] bars the filling of a "second or successive" …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in Granite Rock Co. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters that federal courts have jurisdiction to determine if a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was formed between parties. The court also ruled that § 301(a) of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) …

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by Dwyer Arce

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday criticized plans to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, describing them as contrary to international law. The plans, called King's Garden, were approved Monday by the Jerusalem City Council and will remove the buildings in order to make way for an archaeological park in …

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by Sarah Miley

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit filed by US entertainment company Viacom against Google, accusing if of allowing copyrighted material on its YouTube service without permission. Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the summary judgment, stating that the Digital …

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by Hillary Stemple

A ballot initiative aimed at suspending California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) qualified on Tuesday for California's November ballot, setting the stage for a debate over environmental policy and its impact on the economy. The initiative, known as the California Jobs Initiative, has been partially funded by oil companies Valero Energy and Tesoro Corp …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between New York City and 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers who became sick or injured from responding to the 9/11 attacks. Judge Alvin Hellerstein approved the deal after a …

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by Erin Bock

A Canadian court on Wednesday convicted the final two members of the "Toronto 18" for their roles in a 2006 terror plot. The Toronto 18 were arrested in 2006 after police learned of their plans to bomb sites throughout Ontario using fertilizer explosives in response to Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan. …

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