Legal news from Thursday, September 20, 2012

[JURIST] The Australian Senate on Thursday joined the House of Representatives [official websites] in rejecting legislation to recognize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the nation. The Marriage Amendment Bill [text, PDF], introduced by Senator Trish Crossin [official website], was defeated in the Senate by a margin of 26-41. The vote … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] on Thursday welcomed [press release] Pakistan's "declared will" to address the issue of enforced disappearances [JURIST news archive] in the country but concluded that "serious challenges remain" [report]. Specifically, the Working Group, made up of independent experts, acknowledged … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court [official website] on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order to remove a controversial anti-Islam film on YouTube [media website] that has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia brought the claim on grounds of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution [text] calling for Ukraine to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian; JURIST news archive] from prison. The resolution condemns President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] for his role in Tymoshenko's "politically motivated … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court on Thursday found that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility had infringed on Microsoft Corp. [corporate websites] patents and issued an injunction barring the sale of several Motorola products in Germany and the US. The technology in question is related to keyboard communication with various applications installed on … [read more]

[JURIST] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt [official website] on Wednesday filed an amended complaint [text, PDF; press release] in the state's lawsuit challenging the federal health care law. In the new complaint, Pruitt maintained the state's challenge to the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that South Dakota's ban on the use of tobacco in prisons infringes on the religious rights of Native American inmates. The Native American Council of Tribes (NACT), along with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of a voter-approved California law [Proposition 69, PDF] that requires police officers to take DNA samples of arrested persons suspected of committing a felony. Sitting en banc, the judges questioned California Attorney … [read more]

[JURIST] Samsung [corporate website] announced Thursday that it will add the iPhone5 [Apple backgrounder] to its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against Apple [corporate website]. Samsung filed a document [Reuters report] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] alleging that it anticipates that the iPhone … [read more]

[JURIST] Jordan's King Abdullah II [official website] on Monday endorsed by royal decree a law that requires Jordanian news websites to register with the government and obtain licenses. The law, which is part of a series of amendments to the Press and Publications Law of 1998 [text], also grants government … [read more]

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court on Wednesday convicted 11 former members of the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army [JURIST news archive] (KLA) of war crimes committed in Kosovo in 1999, acquitting six others. The 11 convicted were sentenced [Expatica report] to up to 15 years in prison for crimes including … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a request by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) [advocacy website] for an injunction against use of Texas's interim Congressional and legislative district maps in the 2012 congressional elections. The court denied the request without explanation. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling in favor of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] which had permitted regulations requiring the disclosure of political donors. The FEC regulations [11 CFR 104.20] were … [read more]

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