Legal news from Tuesday, March 29, 2011
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] in Wal-Mart v. Dukes [oral argument transcript, PDF], a gender discrimination class action lawsuit estimated to include more than 1.5 million women—the largest class action lawsuit in US history. The issues are [read more]

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[JURIST] Finnish telecommunications company Nokia [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it filed another complaint [press release] against Apple [corporate website] with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] in addition to a lawsuit filed in Delaware. Nokia's newest complaint alleges Apple is violating seven patents "in virtually all of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN prosecutors on Tuesday demanded that ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic [ICTY profile, PDF] receive a life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Perisic is on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], charged [indictment, PDF] with eight counts of crimes [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Astra USA v. Santa Clara County, CA [Cornell LII backgrounder] that health care providers that are third-party beneficiaries of a government contract may not sue drug companies for overpricing under federal law. The [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Connick v. Thompson [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a district attorney cannot be held liable under § 1983 [text] for a failure to train subordinates, reversing a jury award of damages for [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] dismissed [opinion, PDF] a claim led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] upholding secrecy provisions of a federal whistleblower law. The case involved the Civil War-era False Claims Act (FCA) [text], which includes provisions authorizing [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's Knesset [official website, in Hebrew] passed a law Monday giving courts the power to revoke the citizenship of those convicted of treason, spying, aiding the enemy or terrorism. The law, initiated by members of nationalist party Israel Beytenu [party website], passed [Jerusalem Post report] by a vote of [read more]

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[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of fraud and embezzlement. Berlusconi has not attended a case hearing for more than seven years [BBC report]. He is currently a defendant in four [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian prosecutor indicted three police officials [al-Masry al-Youm report] from the Beni Suef governorate on Monday on charges of murdering protesters during the Egyptian revolution. According to judicial sources, Major General Ahmed Abu Zeid, Colonel Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud and Colonel Mohamed Othman face charges of attempted murder and [read more]

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