Legal news from Tuesday, June 25, 2013

[JURIST] An advocate general for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] released an advisory opinion [text] Tuesday finding that EU data protection law [text] does not require Google [corporate website] and other Internet search companies to withdraw sensitive data from search indices even when found to be harmful. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy site] filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] alleging that two restrictive North Dakota abortion laws violate the US constitution. CRR filed suit [press release] on behalf of the Red River Women's … [read more]

[JURIST] The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo [official website] on Tuesday ruled that Samsung did not infringe an Apple [corporate websites] patent regarding the synchronization of music and data on multiple devices. In so doing, the High Court affirmed the ruling [JURIST report] of the Tokyo District Court [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] in favor of a landowner in a property rights case. Carl Koontz, Sr. refused to contribute money to protect the wetlands in order to get a permit … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that §1912(f) and §1912(d) of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) do not bar the termination of the biological father's parental rights. In this case, a woman put … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) [Cornell LII backgrounder] is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted Monday on charges of underage prostitution and abuse of power. The Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office for life. A panel of three judges found Berlusconi guilty … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Monday that the government plans to put Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on trial for treason. Sharif did not officially declare that the government was filing charges [AP report], stating that the federal government would first … [read more]

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