Legal news from Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Tuesday that victims of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme [JURIST news archive] can only recover the principal amount invested without accounting for inflation over the past five years. Under the … [read more]

[JURIST] Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane [official website] filed criminal charges on Tuesday against XTO Energy, an Exxon Mobil [corporate websites] subsidiary based in Fort Worth, Texas, related to a spill of more than 50,000 gallons of chemical-laced wastewater in 2010. Having already been fined $100,000 by the Environmental Protection … [read more]

[JURIST] The Syrian government and opposition forces are responsible for mass killings of civilians and other war crimes in violation of international law, according to a Wednesday report [materials] by UN rights investigators. The 42-page report was based on 258 interviews [Reuters report] with refugees, conducted via Skype between May … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Wednesday rejected a new request for the extradition of Haroon Aswat, a former aide to Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], from the UK to the US. The Grand Chamber of the ECHR reasoned … [read more]

[JURIST] Documents declassified on Tuesday reveal that, between 2006 and 2009, the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] violated court rules with most of its queries of a phone database. These documents [materials] were declassified as a result of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] Venezuela's government officially withdrew from an international human rights court on Tuesday, fulfilling a plan by former president Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro [official profile, in Spanish] tweeted [Twitter page] that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) … [read more]

[JURIST] A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) [party website, in French] is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville [official profile], the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values … [read more]

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly [official websites] filed an answer [text, PDF] on Tuesday admitting that the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] spied in mosques and on a Muslim preacher but requesting that the court dismiss the complaint. The lawsuit was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Google [corporate website] of violating a federal wiretap law while collecting data for its Street View program. The case arose after Google acknowledged that its Street … [read more]

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