Legal news from Friday, November 19, 2010
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 9,000 workers who took part in the 9/11 [JURIST news archive] rescue and cleanup efforts approved a negotiated settlement with the city of New York Friday in a lawsuit over their injuries. The parties relayed [settlement document; press release] to Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Costa Rica filed a complaint Thursday with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] accusing Nicaragua of violating its territorial integrity [press release, PDF] and damaging protected wetlands. Costa Rica contends that 50 Nicaraguan soldiers remain in the area and that Nicaragua is attempting to build a canal [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday issued a statement [text, PDF] lamenting the killing of seven people in a post-election violence in Guinea. The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda [official profile], urged security forces to refrain from using excessive force against civilians. The statement [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] instructed federal prosecutors on Thursday to use DNA evidence as much as possible [press release], in a reversal of Bush administration policy. Among the changes, defendants who plead guilty will no longer have to waive their right to DNA evidence under the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] told reporters Thursday that the ICC has opened preliminary investigations in Honduras and Nigeria. The Honduras investigation [Reuters report] will focus on the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zeleya [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] from power. [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thirty-three Republican senators filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] on Thursday supporting state attorneys general in their legal effort [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] declared unconstitutional. The brief, filed in the US District [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Indian government announced Thursday that it has authorized additional compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder]. The new package includes USD $15.8 million [Reuters report], adding to the original disbursement in June of USD $148 million. The compensation was approved after the [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted in favor of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) [text, PDF], which would better equip US law enforcement to combat websites engaged in the pirating of movies, television programs and music. The bill was approved [AFP report] [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) [official website] of the UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted [press release] a resolution detailing its concerns with human rights violations in North Korea [JURIST news archive]. Passed 100-18 with 60 abstentions, the resolution [materials] takes issue with "[t]he persistence of continuing [read more]

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