Legal news from Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Wednesday expanded a lawsuit seeking the recognition of same-sex spouses on death certificates. Judge Timothy Black ruled in July and September [JURIST reports] that the surviving same-sex spouses of two decedents should be … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) [advocacy website] on Monday filed a petition [text] with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Tuesday that the Obama administration [official website] would be allowed to join the ongoing challenge to Texas' voter redistricting maps. The ruling will allow the administration to argue for bringing … [read more]

[JURIST] A new report [text, PDF] by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday revealed [press release] that most countries still have legal disparities that prevent women from engaging in economic activity. The report determined that in 90 percent of all surveyed 143 economies, there … [read more]

[JURIST] Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint [text, PDF; Reprieve press release] on Wednesday against UK security forces MI5 and MI6 with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal [official websites]. The complaint was filed on behalf of Aamer by the British human rights group, Reprieve [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] A superior court judge in California ruled [decision, PDF] Tuesday that a class of plaintiffs cannot recover any money against the tobacco company Philip Morris USA [corporate website]. The plaintiffs in the case argued [PM press release] that Philip Morris violated California's false advertising laws by using the terms … [read more]

[JURIST] An appellate court in Sweden reduced the prison sentence of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], for hacking into a company that manages data for the Swedish government. Warg was originally sentenced [JURIST report] to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDP) Chaloka Beyani [official profile] urged [press release] the transitional government of the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday to do "its utmost to ensure the protection of IDPs and to facilitate … [read more]

[JURIST] A French appeals court ruled Tuesday that an investigation may proceed into allegations that former president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] exploited aging L'Oreal [corporate website] heiress Liliane Bettencourt [Forbes profile] into donating election campaign funds. A panel of judges for the Court of Appeals of Bordeaux … [read more]

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