Legal news from Friday, September 7, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a complaint by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] challenging an Arizona state constitutional amendment that guarantees a vote by secret ballot for employee representation. The NLRB, an … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday approved a settlement agreement [opinion, PDF] between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and certain e-book publishers in a price-fixing suit under the Sherman Act [text]. The DOJ alleges … [read more]

[JURIST] The head of the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala presented a strategic work plan at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday outlining efforts in four specific areas to improve the rule of law in the Latin American nation. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kosovo parliament on Friday voted 98-10 to eliminate the mention of a western-led supervisory commission from its constitution, effectively closing the office. The International Civilian Office (ICO) was created by a coalition of nations that recognized Kosovo's independence from Serbia and had the power to fire public officials … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] new restrictions on lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees who have had their habeas corpus challenges denied or dismissed. In hearing the challenge to the new rules last month, … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar's parliament passed a new foreign investment law on Friday after months of debate and modifications. The final version of the bill reportedly dropped some of the most controversial provisions, including a requirement that foreign investors contribute at least $5 million [Reuters report] when engaging in joint ventures with … [read more]

[JURIST] A Chilean judge sentenced General Manuel Contreras, former chief of police under the reign of Augusto Pinochet [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], to 15 years in prison on Thursday for murdering an opposition activist. Left-wing activist Ramon Martinez was allegedly tortured and shot [BBC report] while in police custody … [read more]

[JURIST] All nine justices of Myanmar's Constitutional Court resigned Thursday after Parliament voted for impeachment. President Thein Sein [BBC profile] has reportedly accepted the resignations [BBC report] of all nine justices. The parliament was created as part of Myanmar's constitutional reforms. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

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