Legal news from Wednesday, August 3, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] upheld [judgment text] a lower court's dismissal [JURIST report] of a challenge to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] for lack of standing. Nonprofit New Jersey Physicians, Inc. [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information [official website, in German] said Tuesday that Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] is in violation of European data protection laws [text, PDF, in German] through its feature that automatically recognizes facial features and "tags" users when others upload photos … [read more]

[JURIST] South Korean regulators on Wednesday fined Apple [corporate website] USD $2,855 for collecting location information from its iPhone and iPad users. It is the first time Apple has been punished for collecting location information [Reuters report] from users of its widely popular mobile computing products. The Korea Communications Commission … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmed Shaheed on Wednesday urged [press release] Iran to comply with his mandate seeking cooperation from Iranian officials. The mandate allows Iran to discuss and implement measures to meet its international human rights obligations, Shaheed said. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced four former soldiers to 6,060 years in prison each on war crimes charges related to the country's 1982 Dos Erres massacre. Carlos Antonio Carias, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin and Daniel Martinez were convicted of crimes against humanity [CNN report] for being … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Diet of Japan [official database], the nation's bicameral legislature, voted [bill materials, in Japanese] on Wednesday to compensate those adversely affected by the recent Fukushima [IAEA backgrounder] nuclear power plant meltdown. The law will create a fund that could start dispensing money to victims as early as … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that San Diego State University (SDSU) [academic website] can deny funding and status as a student organization to two Christian groups that require members be of the same religion. A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] announced on Tuesday that French authorities have agreed to extradite him to Panama. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon [official website, in French] reportedly agreed to the extradition agreement [AFP report] on July 6. Noriega faces charges … [read more]

[JURIST] An Australian judge on Wednesday froze the profits from a memoir written by former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks spent more than five years without trial in US custody after being captured in Afghanistan following the terror attacks of 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] on Monday filed suit [press release, in Spanish] in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website, in Spanish] to challenge Costa Rica's longstanding ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) [Medline backgrounder]. The suit will be filed on behalf of … [read more]

[JURIST] An American Indian tribe in Washington state on Monday voted to adopt a new law recognizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The law, approved by the Suquamish Tribe [official website] council, extends marriage rights [AP report] to same-sex couples on the tribe's Seattle reservation. The tribe will be permitted … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] invoked the state secrets privilege [text, PDF] Monday to block evidence in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] over its investigation into Muslim mosques. The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] also filed a motion to dismiss … [read more]

[JURIST] A Vietnamese appeals court on Tuesday upheld the seven-year sentence of prominent rights lawyer and dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu, convicted in April [JURIST report] of carrying out anti-state propaganda. The court dismissed the appeal [AP report] despite Vu's arguments that his advocating for a multi-party system did not … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] began on Wednesday, with Mubarak pleading not guilty to all charges. Mubarak is charged [JURIST report] with murder, attempted killing of protesters and other charges related to general abuse of power [Al Jazeera report] stemming … [read more]

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