Legal news from Friday, October 5, 2012

[JURIST] The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled for Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, against Microsoft [corporate websites] on Friday. This was the fourth decision [FOSS Patents report] in a suit between Motorola and Microsoft to be issued this year, all of which were countersuits by Microsoft against claims … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday condemned [press release] a draft law [bill 8711 materials, in Ukrainian] that would ban pro-gay "propaganda" in Ukraine. The OHCHR said that the bill would be open to abuse and that it violates human … [read more]

[JURIST] The Queen's Bench Division [official website] on the High Court of England and Wales ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans can sue the British government for torture they suffered while in detention under the British Colonial Administration in the 1950s. Judge Richard McCombe ruled that the three Kenyans could … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Friday approved the extradition [judgment, PDF] of five terror suspects to the US. The court's decision comes a week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] gave its final approval of the extradition, which it had initially approved … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state may move forward with its efforts to remove approximately 180 suspected non-citizens from its voter rolls. Several rights groups had filed suit to stop the purging … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Friday published its reasons [text, PDF] for dismissing a lawsuit brought by several large international tobacco companies challenging the labeling requirements of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (TPP Act) [materials]. The court originally dismissed the challenge [JURIST report] in August … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged Syria to release a prominent human rights lawyer [press release] and his friend believed to be detained by security forces. AI contends that both men should be released immediately unless they are charged with an internationally recognized offense. A Deputy Director … [read more]

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) [association website] on Thursday announced a settlement [press release] over Google's book-scanning initiative [website]. Authors and publishers have alleged that Google was illegally profiting off of their works by scanning more than 20 million books [AP report]. One particularly … [read more]

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