Legal news from Monday, July 2, 2012
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] on Monday offered to settle antitrust claims by the European Competition Commission (ECC) [official website]. The company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt [Forbes profile], sent a letter [NYT report] to ECC Joaquin Almunia [official website] addressing four areas of concerns the ECC pointed out [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US government is considering transferring suspected Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] to prisons in Afghanistan, officials told AP [report] on Saturday. The potential transfer is part of an ongoing effort by the US government to improve relations with the Taliban in an attempt to promote peace [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Monday released a report [text, PDF] alleging that the Rwandan government has helped to create armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits including children. The group of Experts on the [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Bancorp [corporate website], one of the 10 largest banks in the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a $55 million settlement to resolve lawsuits by customers who sued over excessive overdraft fees. The settlement is part of ongoing national litigation challenging the overdraft practices of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] on Sunday said [press release] that an effective international arms treaty would save lives and aid in the enforcement of international law. The statement by the ICRC was made in anticipation of the UN Conference on the Arms Trade [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) [official website, in Italian] announced [text, PDF, in Italian] Monday that it may shut down Apple [corporate website] operations in Italy for 30 days and fined the company up to 300,000 euros (USD $377,500) for unfair commercial practices. The authority claims that Apple misled [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Moldova (AI) [advocacy website, in Romanian] on Monday urged [press release, in Romanian] the Center for Human Rights of Moldova [official website] to assess the constitutionality of a new law that allows chemical castration of anyone found guilty of violent pedophilia. The new law, which took effect [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau [official profile] on Monday called on the government of Turkey and authorities in the European Union (EU) to respect the rights of migrants [statement; press release] in the continent. Crepeau acknowledged the need for governments to ensure [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) [corporate website] on Monday announced [DOJ press release; GSK press release] that they had reached a $3 billion settlement in a series of criminal and civil healthcare fraud cases against the drug company. As part [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Monday announced [press release, in German] that it will hear a claim brought in opposition to the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [text, PDF] and the fiscal pact. The main opponent of the agreements [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction [order, PDF] against Samsung Electronics [corporate website] to stop the sale of its Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US. Judge Lucy Koh for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] found that Apple [corporate website] is [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US government on Friday dropped all charges against a Kuwaiti national being held in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Faiz al Kandari, who previously lost a petition for habeas corpus, was never formally brought to trial. His case was never referred to a military tribunal [Reuters report]. The decision [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] on Sunday vetoed [press release] a bill [SB 820 materials] that would have lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. Fracking is the process of injecting a high pressured mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground [read more]

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[JURIST] The Libyan government on Monday released four International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] staff members who had been detained for nearly four weeks. The release was announced [BBC report] while the ICC's president, Sang-Hyun Song, was visiting the country. The prosecution's office confirmed the release and noted that a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder ] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Sunday told reporters that attacks by Islamist rebels on religious monuments in Mali [JURIST news archive] will not be tolerated. Bensouda said that the rebels' destruction of tombs of ancient Muslim saints in [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] on Sunday postponed the demolition of illegal settlements in the West Bank [JURIST news archive]. The Supreme Court had ordered the 30 apartments in Ulpana neighborhood to be destroyed by July 1, extending [LAT report] it from May 1. However, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] on Sunday issued a temporary injunction [order, PDF] blocking a controversial Mississippi abortion law [HB 1390 materials] that was scheduled to go into effect July 1. The new law requires that all physicians performing [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Monday confirmed a settlement reached last week in the trademark case between Apple and Shenzhen Proview Technology [corporate websites]. The Guangdong Hich People's Court said that Apple has agreed to pay USD $60 million [NYT report] to Proview for the use of the iPad trademark [read more]

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