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Legal news from Thursday, February 21, 2013

[JURIST] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [official website] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] in US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett [official website] and other state officials. The NCAA lawsuit seeks to stop the Commonwealth from keeping for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Turin Court of Appeals [official website] in Italy on Thursday sentenced two former advisers to the Italian car company Fiat [corporate website] to one year and four months in prison for misleading the market in 2005 when the Agnelli family purchased the company. Franzo Grande Stevens, a former … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on Yemeni forces to observe peace and restraint (AI report) during scheduled protest marches this week. Yemeni security forces fired on protesters [BBC report] on Thursday despite AI's plea. The protest marches were organized by the Southern Movement to mark the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In McBurney v. Young [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the Court considered, under the Privileges and Immunities Clause [text] of Article IV of the US Constitution, if a state can bar an out-of-state … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of nine senators and two representatives joined to file an amicus brief [text, PDF] Tuesday in support of Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Mardel Inc. [corporate websites] in their ongoing court battle against being compelled to provide employees with coverage for contraceptives under the Patient Protection and Affordable … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Egypt ruled Wednesday that policeman may grow beards, ending the long-standing precedent of ex-President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] barring facial hair because it was considered to be a public display of Islamic support. Writing for Cairo's High Administrative Court, Judge Maher Abu … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday announced that it is referring Sweden and Greece [press releases] to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] for failing to comply with previous judgments regarding environmental issues. The EC found that Greece failed to comply with a 2005 ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] Lockheed Martin Corp. (Lockheed) [corporate website] on Wednesday agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a fraud class action claim alleging that the advanced technology company misled investors in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) [text, PDF]. Brought by the City of Pontiac General Employees' … [read more]

[JURIST] Violence broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers on Thursday during a rally in the West Bank [JURIST news archive] near the town of Beitunia. At least 1,000 protesters were marching [JTA report] to Ofer Prison in support of four Palestinian inmates on a hunger strike. As Israeli … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday issued a stay [text, PDF] on the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill minutes before his execution. The court granted the stay [opinion, PDF] to allow time to consider the implications of the court … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Shura Council approved a draft election law on Thursday, paving the way for parliamentary elections to be held in the next few months. The new election law embodies the key changes to five articles [JURIST report] as demanded by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] earlier this … [read more]

[JURIST] The Nigerian federal government this week was ordered to pay nearly US$240 million to the community of Odi, which was raided by the military in 1999. Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court [official website] ruled against the government [UPI report], describing the army's invasion as genocidal and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Wednesday in Johnson v. Williams [JURIST report] that in Tara Williams' case, the California Court of Appeal properly adjudicated her federal Sixth Amendment [text] claim on its merits and should have been deferred to under the Antiterrorism and Effective … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN independent expert Wednesday commended [press release] the reform that has been achieved so far in Myanmar [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] while identifying additional human rights issues that still need to be addressed, particularly in the states of Kachin and Rakhine. Special Rapporteur on the human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Henderson v. United States [JURIST report] that an error is "plain" within the meaning of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 52(b) [text] so long as the error was plain at the time of appellate review, even if that … [read more]

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