Legal news from Thursday, June 24, 2010
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris [official website] said Thursday that members of a recently-appointed UN panel [JURIST report] 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 [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website; BBC profile] on Wednesday formally apologized to the families of the victims [list] of the 1985 Air India bombing [CBC backgrounder] for the government's failure to prevent the attack. The apology comes one week after the Air India Commission [official website], led [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-0 in Morrison v. National Australia Bank [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) [text, PDF] does not provide a cause of action to foreign plaintiffs suing for misconduct occurring [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Skilling v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the "honest services" doctrine [18 USC § 1346 text] is not unconstitutionally vague under a limited construction of the statute and that the district [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in Doe #1 v. Reed [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the First Amendment [text] does not bar a state from releasing identifying information about petitioner signers where there is a sufficiently compelling state [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Magwood v. Patterson [Cornell LII backgrounder] 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 § [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Granite Rock Co. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that federal courts have jurisdiction to determine if a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was formed between parties. The court also ruled [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday criticized plans to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], describing them as contrary to international law. The plans, called King's Garden, were approved Monday [YNet report] by the Jerusalem City Council [official website] and will remove the buildings [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit [opinion, PDF] filed [JURIST report] by US entertainment company Viacom against Google, accusing if of allowing copyrighted material on its YouTube service [corporate websites] without permission. Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A ballot initiative [text, PDF] aimed at suspending California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) [materials] 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 [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement [overview, PDF; materials] between New York City and 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers who became sick or injured from responding to the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Wednesday convicted [press release] the final two members of the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive] 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 [read more]

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