Legal news from Saturday, December 22, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Friday gave final approval [order, PDF] to a settlement between British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and those who experienced economic and property loss stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] granted an injunction [text, PDF] on Friday to temporarily block enforcement of a California law banning mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. The injunction will prevent the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website, in Spanish] ruled [judgment, PDF, in Spanish; press release, PDF, in Spanish] Thursday that Costa Rica's ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) violates the rights to privacy, liberty, personal integrity and to form a family, as recognized under international law. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit claiming that Senate filibusters are an unconstitutional denial of majority rule. The lawsuit was brought by a non-profit organization known as Common Cause [advocacy website] as well as … [read more]

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