Legal news from Thursday, April 25, 2013

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment] the EU's three-year ban on seal products. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF], which recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and other forms of suffering," and bans all imports containing seal products, took … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that Google [corporate website] has agreed to provide clearer labeling of promoted links in order to assuage concerns that the search engine is abusing its dominance in the market by favoring its own products. This concession marks a significant step … [read more]

[JURIST] A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in a sexual abuse case. The woman, known as NS, has been fighting for years to be allowed to wear her niqab while testifying and took her case to the Supreme Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rhode Island Senate voted 26 to 12 [press release] Wednesday in favor of a bill [S 0038, PDF] that would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The House passed its own version of the bill [JURIST report] in January, but must now vote on Senate amendments. A vote is … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein confirmed Wednesday that security personnel can ask visitors to the country to open their e-mail accounts if they are perceived as suspicious. The attorney general's approval [Al Arabiya report] comes in response to an inquiry by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday criticized for limiting freedom of speech since Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] returned to the presidency. HRW's report [text] calls the restrictive laws "unprecedented" in Russia's post-Soviet history. Amnesty International's report [text, PDF] focused on the multiple new laws … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases [JURIST report] Wednesday. In Metrish v. Lancaster [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether the Michigan Supreme Court violated due process rights [Cornell LII backgrounder] when it recognized a state statute that abolished the diminished capacity … [read more]

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