Legal news from Thursday, August 18, 2011

[JURIST] The Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF] a $13.8 million judgment against Philip Morris [corporate website] in the death of 45-year-old lifelong smoker Betty Bullock. Family of the deceased won the case after accusing the company of fraud by using … [read more]

[JURIST] After a day's deliberation, the Council of States [official website], India's upper house of parliament voted 189 - 17 on Thursday to impeach [daily bulletin, PDF] Justice Soumitra Sen [official profile], a justice of the Calcutta High Court [official website] accused of embezzling funds. Impeachment hearings began [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Monday challenging the practice of shackling immigration [JURIST news archive] detainees in court. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday began the retrial of Ramush Haradinaj [materials; BBC profile], a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander and the former prime minister of Kosovo, who was acquitted [JURIST report] of all charges in 2008. The ICTY appeals chamber … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian government forces cracking down on the opposition may be committing crimes against humanity, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] published Thursday by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website]. The 22-page report, prepared by the the Fact-finding Mission on Syria, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] dismissed [press release] a right to die [JURIST news archive] suit by the Farewell Foundation [advocacy website] for lack of standing on Wednesday but encouraged the group to intervene in a similar suit later this year. The group reported that Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday signed a reform [press release, in Spanish] to the Mexican Constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that eliminates the president's ability to use a pocket veto to prevent the passage of a bill. Originally, the president could kill the legislation … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 26,000 iPhone users in South Korea joined in a class action lawsuit filed Wednesday against Apple's local headquarters for collecting location data without their consent. The class is composed of individuals who purchased an iPhone prior to May 1, and each plaintiff is seeking 1 million won … [read more]

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