Legal news from Tuesday, August 28, 2012

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a proposal to preserve collective bargaining should be put on the upcoming November 6 ballot. The proposal would add a new article allowing workers to organize and bargain collectively with employers in terms of wages, benefits … [read more]

[JURIST] After being awarded $1.05 billion [JURIST report] by a jury last week for patent infringement, Apple filed a motion with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday asking it to block eight Samsung products from being produced and sold in the US. … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Monday filed an updated version of the charges against the four defendants in the two cases stemming from the 2007 Kenyan post-election violence [JURIST news archive]. The revision of the document stems from an … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar's army is still committing human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Karen state, according to a report [text PDF; press release] released Monday by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) [advocacy website]. PHR's findings were based on a field survey it conducted this year, in which 30 percent of … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] held a hearing [press release, PDF] Tuesday on the appeal of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. The hearing comes just one day before a Ukrainian court is set to rule on Tymoshenko's appeal of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Monday urged the international community to prevent the illegal trade of weapons [statement; press release], which are responsible for killing more than 500,000 people every year. The Program of Action adopted by various countries in 2001 lists recommendations for countries to bolster … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday blocked a state election law adopted in 2006 that discards provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct. Pursuant to the law, the provisional ballots were rejected even if the error was caused … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] called Monday for an immediate and impartial investigation [press briefing] into the killing of hundreds of civilians in Daraya, Syria. According to spokesperson Martin Nesirky, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] is already looking into the incident. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Minnesota Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a question on voter identification can be put to referendum in November, disregarding protests from the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN) [advocacy website]. The ACLU-MN challenged the initiative [JURIST report] in May, claiming that the ballot … [read more]

[JURIST] Oral arguments began Monday in South Carolina v. US [case materials], as South Carolina defended its new voter identification law [text] from a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] ruling that blocked its implementation. The law, which would require photo ID in order to vote, was rejected as being … [read more]

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