Legal news from Tuesday, March 19, 2013

[JURIST announcement] The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism [advocacy website] on Monday released its annual State of the News Media Report [materials]. Among other notable findings, the report says (for all intents and purposes) that more people should be reading, and contributing to, JURIST. Okay, so maybe … [read more]

[JURIST] Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, cousin of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], was arrested at his home Tuesday in central Cairo by Libyan forces. The arrest of Qaddaf al-Dam coincides with the second anniversary [BBC report] of the air campaign commenced in Libya by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles [SCOTUS backgrounder] that a stipulation by one member of a class in a class action to keep damages below $5 million does not, for the purpose of diversity jurisdiction, bind the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday temporarily blocked implementation of a law that provides for state funding of contraceptives. The legislation [HB 4244, PDF], which was signed into law last year following approval [JURIST report] by the Philippines legislature, establishes sex education requirements in schools, … [read more]

[JURIST] Citigroup, Inc. [corporate website] agreed on Monday to pay out $730 million to settle a lawsuit brought by investors claiming the financial services corporation misled debt investors about its condition during the financial crisis. According to a statement [text] from Citigroup, the agreement will settle "a class action lawsuit … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabweans approved a new constitution [text] that limits future presidents to two five-year terms, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [official website] said on Tuesday. In a nationwide referendum on Saturday nearly 95 percent of voters supported [BBC report] the passage of the draft constitution, paving the way for elections later … [read more]

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] surrendered himself to a US embassy in Rwanda on Monday and requested extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Ntaganda has been wanted by the ICC [JURIST report] since 2006 on charges enlisting and conscripting children … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] lauded [press release] Guatemala on Monday for beginning the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and former intelligence chief Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, both of whom stand accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in three new cases [order list, PDF] Monday. In Madigan v. Levin [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether age discrimination claimants can circumvent the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) [materials] and bring claims directly under the Equal … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. [JURIST report] to consider Arizona's 2004 Proposition 200 [PDF], which requires citizens to show "proof of citizenship" in addition to photo identification, to vote. Attorneys for Arizona argued … [read more]

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