Legal news from Tuesday, June 5, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday rejected a request by Apple for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung [corporate websites] products including the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Judge Lucy Koh reasoned that the court does not have jurisdiction to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] granted JPMorgan Chase [corporate website; JURIST news archive] permission on Monday to pay $44.6 million in order to resolve allegations of fraudulent bidding practices for state and local government investment securities at taxpayers' expense. The approval … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied [decision, PDF; case materials] a petition filed by supporters of Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive] to rehear their case before the entire court. Proponents of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] ban, requested … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian police on Tuesday arrested more than 20 people who were protesting a new bill that was introduced to the State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of parliament, for a final vote. The proposed bill would raise the maximum fines [LAT report] for participating in an … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] has ordered attorneys in the case of a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee to supply briefs explaining whether the issue has become moot. The case revolves around the war crimes conviction of former detainee Salim … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Monday that it would monitor the Wisconsin recall election [press release] taking place on Tuesday to prevent voter fraud. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be one of the jurisdictions that the DOJ will oversee to ensure compliance with the … [read more]

[JURIST] Buzeid Dorda, spy chief under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], appeared in court on Tuesday, facing a number of charges associated with the conflict in Libya [JURIST feature] in 2011 which ultimately deposed Gaddafi and his regime. Dorda denied all charges [BBC report], and … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website] a multi-government initiative to monitor and prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, to put further pressure on the Zimbabwe government to comply with established regulations. HRW expressed particular concern about the ongoing … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyers for media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday filed a motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] to dismiss the remainder of their client's convictions because the prosecution had deprived him of his right … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that an Illinois tax-payer does not have standing to sue the state legislature for a $20,000 grant provided to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Organization for the restoration of a landmark Latin cross. … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo [official profile] said Monday that economic or other aid should be refused to those countries that assist Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] in evading the arrest warrant that was issued against him in 2010. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed [press release] the first reading of a controversial bill that would allow Russian to be spoken in official settings in particular regions of the Ukraine. Opponents to the bill expressed concern [Reuters report] that the inclusion of Russian would divide the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] heard oral arguments [hearing materials] on Monday to determine whether Arizona citizens may join in a class action lawsuit challenging the state's controversial immigration law [SB 1070, PDF; JURIST news archive]. Allowing class action status … [read more]

[JURIST] An Oslo district court on Monday began hearing a suit initiated by tobacco company Philip Morris [corporate website] against Norway [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for the country's display ban [text, in Norwegian] on tobacco products. The company argues that the ban is in violation of the European Economic … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Monday indicted a leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party for alleged human rights atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan, making him the fifth member to be indicted. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, the third-highest ranking member … [read more]

[JURIST] A Libyan military court on Monday sentenced a group of 24 men from the former Soviet Union to prison terms after finding them guilty of serving as mercenaries for former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The military trial, which is the first trial to hold … [read more]

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