Legal news from Sunday, July 29, 2012

[JURIST] A lawmaker from the centrist political party United Russia [political website, in Russian] on Friday announced a bill that would ban the media from disclosing the ethnic backgrounds of suspects, victims and other individuals during reports on crimes and trials. The law was proposed [Moscow Times report] by State … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations and the Arab League [official website] on Sunday each expressed concern over the recent increased violence in Syria [JURIST news archive]. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos [official profile] expressed particular concern over the impact of shelling and use of tanks … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection [official websites] filed an appeal on Friday challenging this week's Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] ruling [opinion, PDF] that Pennsylvania's new oil and gas law [Act 13 materials] violates the state constitution. The two agencies are questioning … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] granted an emergency order Friday freezing the assets of traders operating in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website; press release] is accusing the brokers of insider trading related to … [read more]

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