Legal news from Thursday, July 5, 2012

[JURIST] United States District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion to stay [order] in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, another challenge to Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text]. Specifically the lawsuit challenges the legality of the prohibition … [read more]

[JURIST] The Congress of Peru [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a bill that would reform the country's private pension system. The bill, which will increase the number of workers while lowering the fees for contributors, was passed with a 11-10 vote [Reuters report; text, PDF, in Spanish] with … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Missouri [official website] on Tuesday ruled [decision, PDF] that revision to Missouri tax law [text] does not violate the Missouri Constitution [text]. The law was approved by Missouri voters through referendum in 2010 and requires the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City to regularly … [read more]

[JURIST] British legislators on Thursday approved a parliamentary inquiry into the country's banking industry. The 330 to 226 vote [Reuters report] came two days after Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] announced [Bloomberg report] that he would initiate the parliamentary inquiry into the industry following the imposition of a $450 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday passed the its first-ever resolution to protect the free speech of individuals online. The resolution was approved by all 47 members of the council [Reuters report], including China and Cuba, who have been criticized for limiting Internet freedom. The resolution … [read more]

[JURIST] After finding evidence of inconsistencies Mexico's electoral authorities on Thursday announced that they will recount votes cast in Sunday's presidential election. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [official website, in Spanish] of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica [party website, in Spanish] requested [Telegraph report] a total recount … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance Mutuma Ruteere [official website] on Tuesday called on the international community [report, PDF] to be wary of signs of racism that could lead to escalated conflicts and human rights violations. In his report to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Criminal Court of the City of New York this week upheld a subpoena [order, PDF] forcing social networking site Twitter [corporate website] to turn over account information for one of its users. The District Attorney's office requested the user data to aid in the investigation of Malcolm Harris, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Japanese expert panel on Thursday issued a report claiming that the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder] was preventable. In the 641-page document the panel claims that the accident was not caused solely by the earthquake [Reuters report] and subsequent tsunami, but the inability of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday opened the case against former executives of Bankia [corporate website, in Spanish], including former IMF-chief Rodrigo Rato [IMF profile], for allegations of fraud, price-fixing and falsifying accounts. The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] accepted the case [Reuters report] but did not … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to reject [press release] the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [text, PDF] in a vote of 39 in favor and 478 opposed, with 165 abstentions. The ACTA is designed to curb intellectual property theft, such as production of counterfeit goods … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the UK [official website] on Monday began its two-day hearing in the case of a 29-year-old individual detained by US officials at an Afghan prison. Yunus Rahmatullah, a citizen of Pakistan, was arrested by British forces in 2004 and subsequently transferred to US officials who … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Chief Military Observer in Syria Major-General Robert Mood on Thursday stated that he believed Syrian authorities were committed to implementing the peace agreement that was reached earlier this week. Mood confirmed [UN News Centre report] that the Syrian government was serious about administering the six-point peace agreement [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday passed a language bill that would allow Russian to be spoken in official settings in particular regions of the country. The legislation, which would allow Russian in courts, education and other government institutions [AP report] in Russian-speaking regions of the country, has sparked public … [read more]

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