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Legal news from Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling blocking enforcement of a Florida law [materials] that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law was challenged [JURIST report] last year by … [read more]

[JURIST] A human rights mechanism took effect Sunday that will allow a UN committee to review complaints from people or groups who have exhausted every option for justice in their own country regarding economic, social and cultural rights violations. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and … [read more]

[JURIST] German authorities on Monday arrested a 93-year-old man for allegedly serving as a guard at Auschwitz and assisting in the mass murder carried out at the death camp. Hans Lipschis, who was deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi affiliations, has acknowledged [Speigel report] being … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] approved a bill [text, PDF] on Monday that would subject online shopping, a traditionally tax-free frontier, to state sales taxes. The law currently maintains that retailers must have a physical presence in the state to collect sales taxes. Thus, many Internet retailers have an … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] cannot require businesses to post a notice in the workplace about employees' rights to unionize. In 2011 the NLRB issued a regulation [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that local governments may outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries, upholding a ban enacted by the city of Riverside in 2010. The court concluded that California's medical marijuana statutes, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (CUA) [text] and Medical … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed the trial [press release] of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The trial was previously postponed [JURIST report] and was scheduled to begin May 28. A new trial date will … [read more]

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