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Legal news from Wednesday, September 15, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday denied an appeal [judgment text] by the Danish company Lego [corporate website] to restore its EU trademark for its interlocking toy bricks. The court held that the company's red eight-stud brick is not registrable as a community trademark and [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] US federal judges reached an agreement Tuesday on a pilot project allowing certain civil trials to be televised [press release]. Federal appellate judge David Sentelle [official profile] said that, while the details still needed to be worked out, the judges agreed that the faces of jurors and witnesses will [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Wednesday declined to extradite Dr. Eugene Rwamucyo [personal website, in French] to Rwanda to face charges for his alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court also granted his release [AFP report]. The ruling is due to suspicions that [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan Muhamed Chande Othman called Tuesday for a thorough and transparent investigation [press release] into the early September attack in Northern Darfur [JURIST news archive] that left many civilians dead. The Janjaweed [Slate backgrounder] militia is suspected of conducting [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Police in the Netherlands violated a Dutch magazine's right to free expression by compelling disclosure of documentary evidence relating to anonymous sources, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled [judgment text] Tuesday. The unanimous ruling centered around a 2002 feature on illegal street racing published in the Dutch [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UK military's handling of detainees in overseas operations is "in compliance" with UK and international law, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) [official website]. According to British Army Inspector Brigadier Robert Purdy, a nine-month investigation of legal documents, army procedures [read more]

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