Legal news from Thursday, March 31, 2011

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website] announced Wednesday it will file a formal complaint [corporate blog] with the European Commission (EC) [official website] detailing alleged anticompetitive practices by Google [corporate website]. Microsoft claims Google has engaged in "a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative" … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday ordered the formation of a committee that will evaluate possible elimination of the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law. The panel will be composed of legal experts and charged with examining potential legislative measures [AP report] that would simultaneously preserve … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] an approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] of caps on motor vehicle emissions in California. The court held that no abuse of discretion had occurred, citing the broad discretion which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ohio Senate [official website] on Thursday passed Senate Bill 5 [text, PDF], which alters Ohio labor law and restricts the collective bargaining abilities of unions for public sector workers. The bill was approved in the Senate by a vote of 17 to 16, shortly after a House vote … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] agreed Thursday to review a B.C. Court of Appeal [official website] decision allowing a challenge to the country's anti-prostitution laws. The appeals court had set aside a lower court ruling [judgments] denying standing to Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the Library of Congress (LOC) [official website] filed on behalf of former Guantanamo prosecutor and LOC employee Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] can proceed. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court [official website, in Czech] on Thursday overturned [press release, in Czech] parts of a controversial data retention law that obligated telecommunications companies to maintain records of their customers' internet and telephone usage. The court found that paragraphs 3 and 4 of § 97 of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] announced on Wednesday that it would pursue a second term [press release] on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. In continuing its membership, the US intends to further its stand against the council's "biased and disproportional focus on Israel," and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement [press release] with Google [corporate website, JURIST news archive] over charges that the Internet giant breached consumer privacy rights and was misleading during the launch of its social networking platform, Google Buzz [website]. The … [read more]

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