Legal news from Wednesday, October 24, 2012
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney Preet Bharara [official profile] on Wednesday filed a $1 billion civil lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website; JURIST news archive] claiming the bank committed fraud in residential mortgages. The claim was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage [official website, in Dutch] court ruled Wednesday that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a software patent held by Apple [corporate websites]. Apple brought the suit alleging Samsung infringed on their patent [EP 2098498] concerning methods for user input and data manipulation through a "multi-touch" [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York's highest court said Tuesday that it will not hear a challenge to the state's Marriage Equality Act (MEA) [text, PDF], effectively dispelling the last viable threat to same sex marriages in the state. The New York Court of Appeals [official website] announced it will not hear [order [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Uruguay President Jose Mujica [official profile, in Spanish] on Tuesday signed a bill [text, in Spanish] legalizing abortion. The bill provides no restrictions on abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the first 12 weeks it provides that women must go before a medical panel and go [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] opted Tuesday not to act [text, PDF] on a request to vacate a last-minute stay of execution order issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website], meaning the execution will not be carried out at least until next [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday rejected [order, PDF] a challenge to limits on the political contributions that donors can make to candidates running for Montana state offices. Montana's campaign finance law [MCA § 13-37-216] limits the individual contributions to gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates to $500 [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] an injunction [JURIST report] on an Indiana law [text] that would block Medicaid funding for abortion providers. The court found that the law, which would block federal and state funding to all "entities [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] passed a bill on Tuesday that expands the definition of high treason. Treason was previously defined as espionage or assistance to a foreign state that damages Russia's external security. The bill, which was passed by the lower house, expands the definition [read more]

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