Legal news from Friday, September 6, 2013

[JURIST] The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals [official website] has ordered [text, PDF] the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to pay the City of New Orleans [official websites] $10.8 million in connection to Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] in 2005. The decision, issued last week, comes in response to a … [read more]

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] on Friday annulled [press release, PDF] sanctions imposed upon eight Iranian banks and companies, finding them unjustified. The 28-nation group has frozen assets and banned travel since 2010 for Iranian citizens thought to be linked to the nation's nuclear development. Citing insufficient evidence, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday entered an injunction [order, PDF] against Apple [corporate website] preventing the company from future antitrust violations in connection with e-book price fixing. The injunction, rendered by Judge Denise Cote, forbids Apple … [read more]

[JURIST] The increasing organized crime in Eastern Africa (EA) must be tackled both within the region and the markets where illicit goods will be delivered, according to a report [text, PDF] published Wednesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] . According to the report, in … [read more]

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday stressed [press release] the UK's obligation to ensure that investigative journalists are allowed protection from intimidation and punishment. Wednesday's statement comes as a reaction to the recent detention [NYT article] of David Miranda, partner of The Guardian [official website] journalist Glenn … [read more]

[JURIST] The Guardian [official website] on Thursday obtained files showing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites], have compromised the guarantees that Internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications are encrypted. The files, published [NYT … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Netherlands [official website] on Friday ruled [press release] that the state is responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims who were murdered shortly after being forced to leave a UN designated "safe area" controlled by the Dutch Battalion (Dutchbat), during the Srebrenica massacre … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization [official website] Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) [text] came into force [ILO press release] on Thursday, extending basic labor rights to workers in signatory countries. The convention became binding international law to a number of countries, prompting many to begin implementing legislative reforms aimed … [read more]

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