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Legal news from Tuesday, December 4, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] California from enforcing a new law that prohibits mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Senate Bill 1172 [text], the first of … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF] the life sentence Milan Lukic, a Bosnian Serb commander who was sentenced to life in prison for crimes that include burning more than 100 people alive during the 1992 Bosnian War. Lukic was … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday identified a series of gross human rights abuses [press release] committed by al Qaeda affiliates and Yemen's government forces during the 2011–2012 conflict over control of the country's southern region of Abyan. In its detailed report "Conflict in Yemen: Abyan's Darkest Hour" … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 300 of Sri Lanka's judges met in the capital Colombo on Monday to demand an impartial inquiry into charges against the nation's Supreme Court [official website] chief justice. The judges issued a statement [Reuters report] in which they rejected an 11-member committee appointed by Parliament Speaker Chamal … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepeau [official profile] on Monday urged [press release] Greece and the EU to increase their efforts to ensure that the rights of all migrants are fully respected as they travel through Greece to other EU destinations. Crepeau said that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] dismissed a nuisance suit by Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to compel the US Army Corp of Engineers and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago [official websites] to construct barriers between Chicago-area waterways and the … [read more]

[JURIST] Swedish telecom company Ericsson [corporate website] filed a complaint [text] with the US International Trade Commission [official website] on Friday against Samsung [corporate website] seeking an import ban on Samsung's Galaxy line of products. This came just three days after Ericsson filed suit [JURIST report] against Samsung in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] Monday. The first case, Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk [transcript, PDF], concerned whether an issue at the center of a lawsuit is moot if an offer is made to settle with the potential … [read more]

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