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Legal news from Thursday, May 16, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion to certify a putative class action against Google's YouTube [corporate website] involving copyright owners from around the world. Named plaintiffs included the English Premier League, the French Tennis … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive]. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday reinstated a $203 million penalty against Wells Fargo [corporate website] in a class action suit alleging that the bank affirmatively misled customers and then charged excessive overdraft fees. Rather than processing purchases in a chronological order, as is the common practice, the bank processed … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website], deeply concerned by the rising death toll in Syria, adopted a resolution [press release] Wednesday calling for rapid progress on a political transition while condemning the Syrian government's use of heavy weapons and the "widespread and systematic" violations of human rights within the … [read more]

[JURIST] Brazil's National Council of Justice [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday ruled [resolution, in Portuguese, PDF] that notaries public cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in Brazil. The decision follows legislation in Argentina and Uruguay, which both legalized same-sex marriage in recent years. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] on Wednesday challenged [supplemental complaint, PDF; motion, PDF] a North Dakota law that places additional requirements on abortion clinics. SB 2305 [text PDF], passed [JURIST report] in March, restricts abortion providers to those doctors recognized by a hospital within 30 miles … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN special reporter said Tuesday that the current situation in Eritrea warrants close scrutiny [press release] from the international community. Sheila Keetharuth [official profile] made the statement based on her findings during a 10-day mission to obtain knowledge from refugees in Ethiopia and Djibouti. The total number of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] said on Tuesday that the mutilation of a Syrian soldier seen in an Internet video should be investigated as a potential war crime. Pillay urged [press release] Syrian rebels to stop the "truly atrocious" acts. Although the video cannot … [read more]

[JURIST] Three UN independent experts on Tuesday urged authorities in Russia to revise a law [press release] that is having "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" on the country's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-commercial organizations (NCOs) [JURIST op-ed]. The law, adopted in November, requires NGOs and NCOs to register as "organizations … [read more]

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