Legal news from Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[JURIST] Impeachment hearings began [schedule, PDF] Wednesday in the Council of States [official website], India's upper house of parliament, against Justice Soumitra Sen [official profile], a justice of the Calcutta High Court [official website]. Sen is charged with misappropriation of funds and misrepresentation of facts. The motions for impeachment were … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed [press release] the indictment [text] against four individuals accused of assassinating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The pre-trial judge issued a decision confirming the indictment, as well as an order lifting … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] have postponed [decision, PDF; press release] the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing against accused war criminal Callixte Mbarushimana [case materials], originally set for Wednesday, until September 16. Mbarushimana, former leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] testified against his former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday in her ongoing trial for charges of corruption. The prosecution alleges [JURIST report] that Tymoshenko orchestrated a deal where Ukraine's national gas company would … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday challenging a Kansas law [HB 2075 materials] that prohibits insurance companies from including coverage for abortion [JURIST news archive] in their comprehensive plans. The law prohibits comprehensive insurance plans from covering any abortion … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced on Wednesday that it is considering conducting two trials [daily press briefing] for former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive]: one for his conduct during the Srebrenica massacre [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of four tobacco companies sued [complaint, PDF] the US government Tuesday claiming that new cigarette labeling regulations [FDA materials] violate their First Amendment [text] rights. The suit, filed against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia … [read more]

[JURIST] HTC [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] filed three new patent complaints [USITC notice of receipt, PDF] against Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] on Tuesday through the US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website], the latest in a series of suits filed back and forth between the two companies. Patents 7,765,414; … [read more]

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