Legal news from Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that nothing in the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) [text] rebuts the US presumption against extraterritoriality and that suits challenging torture and international law violations that took place overseas … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was ordered by the prosecutor's office on Wednesday to return to prison from the military hospital where he was staying after he appeared healthy at a hearing [JURIST report] on Monday. Also on Wednesday, a Cairo Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday voted 77-44 in favor of an amendment [text] to the existing Marriage Act of 1955 [text] that would allow same-sex couples to marry. The debate surrounding the controversial legislation [Stuff report] was heated, but the bill was eventually passed on its third reading. … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile] has not been able to speak with a lawyer or told what charges he faces during his eight-month detention, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Wednesday. HRW was permitted earlier this week to speak to al-Senussi, who had been … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] on Monday launched a 'mobile' court [UN News Centre report] intended to serve both the migrant population of the Nakivale settlement and nearby Ugandan nationals. The project is intended to provide quicker access to justice as well … [read more]

[JURIST] North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple [official website] on Tuesday signed SB 2368 [text, PDF], a measure banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation based on the controversial premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The North Dakota House of Representatives [official website] passed [JURIST report] the bill … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled on three cases related to the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] terrorist attacks Tuesday, upholding the dismissal of almost all of the claims against the defendants. In In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 (Asat Trust Reg., et … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on who should have rightful custody of Baby Veronica [adoptive parents' advocacy website; NICWA advocacy website] in light of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) [text]. A non-Indian woman … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion text] Tuesday in a 5-4 decision in US Airways, Inc v. McCutchen [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the terms of a contract in a health benefit plan should not be overturned through the application of equitable principles. The decision vacated and remanded the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] on Monday extended an injunction [opinion, PDF] blocking Mississippi from revoking the license of the state's only abortion clinic. In seeking to close down the clinic, Mississippi is attempting to enforce House Bill 1390 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the claim was moot [Cornell LII backgrounder] because respondent "had no personal interest in representing putative, unnamed claimants, nor any other continuing interest that would preserve her suit from … [read more]

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