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Legal news from Thursday, August 9, 2012

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people James Anaya [official website] on Thursday urged [press release, in Spanish] the government of Colombia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to advance its negotiations with indigenous authorities in northern Cauca regarding the military presence in the area, as well as … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday overturned [opinion, PDF] the decisions of both a panel of its own judges and a lower court in the case of Senne v. Palatine [materials], a privacy lawsuit filed by a motorist against the village of … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website; press release] on Thursday stated that Israel should investigate the alleged mistreatment of two Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike [JURIST news archive]. The lawyer for Hassan Safadi and Samer al-Barq, who have been on hunger strike since June 21 and May 22 respectively, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday overturned a $147.2 million jury award against Research in Motion (RIM) [corporate website; press release]. Chief Judge James Ware granted a motion by RIM for judgment as a matter of law, vacating last month's jury … [read more]

[JURIST] Professional and college sports leagues filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] against the state of New Jersey Monday trying to enjoin a new law that would legalize sports gambling. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Zealand [official website] on Thursday rejected an appeal [decision, PDF] brought by anti-abortion group Right to Life [advocacy website]. The court upheld a Court of Appeal decision regarding the capacity of the Abortion Supervisory Committee [official website], the statutory body which oversees the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] Netherlands-based sports car manufacturer Spyker NV [corporate website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against General Motors (GM) [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] seeking $3 billion in damages. Spkyer bought Saab Automobile AB (Saab) [corporate website] from GM … [read more]

[JURIST] A Thai court on Thursday postponed its verdict in the case against leaders of the "red shirt" [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] movement for violating terms of their bail. The Criminal Court in Bangkok pushed back the date for the verdict [WP report] to August 22, stating that it … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC) [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday transferred its power to the newly elected interim legislature. The transfer took place minutes after the 200 congress members were sworn in. With the end of the NTC and the beginning of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] asserting that the government should decide when a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner is granted continued regular access to legal counsel absent … [read more]

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