Legal news from Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a suit challenging a Pennsylvania House Resolution declaring 2012 the "Year of the Bible" [HR 535, PDF]. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) [advocacy website] claimed that HR 535 … [read more]

[JURIST] A new Japanese copyright law that criminalizes illegal downloads of music and video files came in effect on Monday. The revised law [materials, in Japanese] now imposes penalties [BBC report] of two years in prison and fines of up to two million yen (USD $25,627) upon those who illegally … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] issued a preliminary injunction [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday preventing Pennsylvania's voter identification law [HB 943 materials] from taking effect for the upcoming presidential election. On remand from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website], Judge Robert Simpson enjoined enforcement of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday lifted an injunction [case materials] against Samsung [corporate website] which banned the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 [product backgrounder]. After losing a patent dispute [JURIST report] with Apple [corporate website], Samsung … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Monday that it has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging a California law that bans sexual orientation therapy for minors. California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Saturday signed [JURIST report] the bill [SB 1172; Senate backgrounder, PDF] into … [read more]

[JURIST] The rule of law continues to deteriorate in Egypt [press release], and human rights abuses are occurring with alarming frequency, according to two reports released Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In the report [text, PDF] "Egypt: Brutality unpunished and unchecked: Egypt's military kill and torture protesters with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] opened its 2012 term on Monday with the release of an order list [PDF] dealing with a number of petitions for certiorari and granting orders in some cases that they have not yet decided to hear. Notably, the court ordered a response petition … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [transcript; JURIST news archive], the court heard new arguments on whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of … [read more]

[JURIST] A prominent Cambodian radio broadcaster and rights activist was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Monday after being convicted of insurrection and inciting rebellion against the state. Mam Sonando, 71, runs the independent Beehive radio station and has been an outspoken critic of the Cambodian government [AFP report]. He … [read more]

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