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Legal news from Tuesday, March 22, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri [oral argument transcript; JURIST report] on whether state and local government employees may sue their employers for retaliation under the Petition Clause [FAC backgrounder] of … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany prosecutors called Tuesday for a six-year sentence in the trial of John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive], accused of having helped to murder 27,900 Jews at the Sobibor death camp during his time as a guard there. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, now 90 years old, was allegedly among … [read more]

[JURIST] The San Francisco Superior Court [official website] notified parties Monday of a ruling that acts to delay the implementation of a cap-and-trade program by requiring California's Air Resources Board (ARB) [official website] to further analyze alternatives. While the court's Friday decision does not officially preclude the ARB from adopting … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the language "filed any complaint" of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [text, PDF] refers to both oral and written complaints. … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian state prosecutors announced a criminal investigation Tuesday against former president Leonid Kuchma [BBC profile] for his alleged involvement in the 2000 murder of opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. The criminal investigation is based on Kuchma's suspected abuse of power [BBC report] and illegal orders, which led to the journalist's … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a shareholder class action suit can continue against Matrixx Initiatives [corporate website], the maker of Zicam Cold Remedy, for failure to disclose harmful side effects that were not statistically significant. The shareholders alleged that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tel Aviv District Court [official website, in Hebrew] sentenced former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to seven years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting three women. The court convicted Katsav [JURIST report] in December, finding that he had assaulted a female employee of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Berlin high court has ruled [judgment, in German; press release, in German] that Google's Street View mapping service is legal in Germany. Last year, a woman sued Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] alleging that photos posted on Google Street View of the woman, her family and the … [read more]

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