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Legal news from Friday, June 21, 2013

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] announced Thursday that it has officially approved the brand-name emergency contraceptive Plan B Onestep [product website] for all women of child-bearing potential without a prescription, regardless of age [press release]. This approval comes following an order [text, PDF; JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The upper house of Japan's National Diet, the House of Councillors [official website] on Friday gave final approval to legislation aimed at combating bullying [JURIST news archive]. The law defines bullying that causes serious mental or physical harm as "serious." Under the new legislation, schools must report serious cases … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oregon Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a death row inmate cannot reject a reprieve by the governor. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber [official website] in 2011 issued a temporary reprieve [JURIST report] for death row inmate Gary Haugen, just before his scheduled execution, and called … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that families of 17 sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole may file a second suit to collect $282 million in damages. The court reversed the ruling by the US District … [read more]

[JURIST] The Nacka District Court [official website, in Swedish] on Thursday convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], of hacking and fraud and sentenced him to two years in prison. Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking into a company … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday postponed [decision, PDF] the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The new trial date was set with consideration toward the defense's need for additional time to prepare its case, as well as scheduling … [read more]

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Thursday ordered the release of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif [JURIST news archives]. Nazif was convicted of corruption [JURIST report] in July 2011 and sentenced to one year in jail. In September Nazif was sentenced [JURIST report] to three years in jail on … [read more]

[JURIST] The British newspaper The Guardian released two documents Thursday revealing [Guardian report] that the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] was granted the power to make use of information unintentionally gathered from domestic US communications without a warrant. According to The Guardian, the two documents were submitted to … [read more]

[JURIST] French and Spanish data protection groups released statements Thursday threatening Google [corporate website] with fines if the company does not change its privacy policies on collecting user data. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) [official website] an independent oversight authority set up by the French government … [read more]

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