Legal news from Friday, September 28, 2012

[JURIST] The Swiss Parliament [official website, in french] voted 93-87 on Friday against a bill which would ban burqas [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings in public places. Proponents of the bill argued that banning burqas would promote gender equality and improve national security. Those against the bill argued … [read more]

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] announced Friday that it has agreed to pay $2.43 billion [press release] to settle a class action lawsuit with investors over its $18.5 billion acquisition of Merrill Lynch [corporate website] in January 2009. Investors alleged that BOA failed to disclose information about Merrill … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Panama [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a controversial new copyright law [bill 510, PDF, in Spanish] that allows authorities to fine infringers without a trial or civil lawsuit. The bill would grant broad powers to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday passed a resolution [press release] extending the mission of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) [official website] in Syria. The panel of independent experts is charged with investigating the human rights situation in the country amidst the prolonged … [read more]

[JURIST] Drug trafficking and violent crime in Central America and the Caribbean threaten the rule of law in those regions, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website]. The report concluded that cocaine trafficking and the associated … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on Thursday announced the state's plan to appeal a preliminary injunction currently blocking the provision of the controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] that criminalizes the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The part of the law in question makes … [read more]

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