Legal news from Thursday, October 25, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Wednesday declared in a preliminary ruling [text, PDF] that Samsung [corporate website] violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 [text; ITC backgrounder] when it infringed four intellectual property patents held by Apple [corporate website]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Wednesday sentenced [order, PDF] a convicted terrorist to a 37-year prison sentence for a 1999 plot to blow up the Los Angeles International Airport. Ahmed Ressam [PBS profile], an al Qaeda-trained terrorist, was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled Wednesday that a campaign finance law limiting political contributions can remain in effect until at least the November 6 elections. In particular, the three-judge panel refused to grant [Reuters report] a request by the Illinois Liberty Political … [read more]

[JURIST] The controversial intelligence-leaking website Wikileaks [website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday began releasing [press release] a series of confidential US detainee policies [Wikileaks page], according to the website. The site said that it will release "more than 100 classified or otherwise restricted files from the United States Department of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Jersey [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a decision by a New Jersey appellate court finding that an infertile woman is not the legal parent of a child conceived using her husband's sperm and carried by a surrogate. The court determined that the … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN legal expert said Wednesday that governments around the world need to do more to combat judicial corruption [press release]. Presenting her annual report [materials] to the UN General Assembly, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul [official profile] said that judicial corruption is … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] accused [speech; press release] Microsoft [corporate website] on Wednesday of violating an agreement to provide consumers with a choice of Internet browsers. EC Vice President Joaquin Alumnia [official website] stated that Microsoft abused its dominant market position by tying in its Internet Explorer … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced [order, PDF] Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs director, to one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a $5 million fine for his securities fraud convictions. Gupta was convicted [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] While the international community has come a long way in enacting legal standards to prevent torture and inhumane punishment, UN Committee Against Torture [official website] Chairperson Claudio Grossman said Tuesday that there are still too many states practicing torture [press release]. He said that while the Convention Against Torture … [read more]

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