Legal news from Wednesday, January 23, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a $2.5 million judgment against Newegg [corporate website] in what could be a significant software patent ruling. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] had ruled that Newegg … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Wednesday announced his plan for a nationwide referendum [transcript; press release] on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union (EU) [official website] following the country's next election in 2015. Though Cameron stressed reluctance to leave the EU altogether, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday struck down [opinion, PDF] an Indiana law [text] that prohibits sex offenders from joining social networking websites, such as Facebook and other websites children are able to join. The law makes it a crime for a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] received briefs in two separate cases on Tuesday defending the constitutionality of laws that define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman. The first case, Hollingsworth v. Perry [docket; cert. petition, PDF], examines the validity of Proposition 8 [JURIST news archive], … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indian government commission published its report [text, PDF] Wednesday recommending numerous reforms in the way the nation's legal institutions handle rape cases. The report was created by a panel led by Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma [official profile] which was established to respond to mass protests in India following … [read more]

[JURIST] A Thai court sentenced magazine editor and political activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk under Thailand's lese majeste law to a total of 11 years in prison. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code [text] is the lese majeste law, which reads: "Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Tuesday in a case in which an Illinois tax-payer was found to lack standing to sue the state legislature for a $20,000 grant provided to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Organization to restore a landmark Latin cross. … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu [official profile] on Wednesday urged the international community to declare Syria's actions against its own citizens war crimes. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Davutoglu stated [AP report] that cities were being "bombarded ... indiscriminately" and that the government is committing criminal … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases Tuesday that dealt with federal maritime piracy law [JURIST news archive]. The court denied Dire v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket] and Said v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket], both decided in May … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center [JURIST report] that 10-year-old final rulings for Medicare [official website; JURIST news archive] reimbursement cannot be appealed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] beyond the deadlines … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official websites] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that it would not compel the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) [official website] to change the listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) [text] permits … [read more]

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