Legal news from Thursday, September 26, 2013

[JURIST] A same-sex couple on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] to receive recognition by the state of their marriage license, which was issued by the state of Massachusetts in 2005. After Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker were … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senators announced new legislation on Wednesday in a bipartisan effort to reform surveillance laws. In the wake of revealing disclosures from the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] and Edward Snowden [JURIST news archive], Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with co-sponsors Mark Udall (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Thursday ordered Apple [corporate website] to pay 330 million yen, (USD $3.35 million) for patent infringement involving the iPod music player's click wheel controller. The patent is disputed [IANS report] by Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito, whose company applied for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Thursday rejected an appeal [judgment] by former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of his convictions for war crimes [JURIST report] committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. According to … [read more]

[JURIST] Twenty-one same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit asking the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] to affirm the legality of their marriage licenses, which were issued by a county clerk [JURIST report] who believed the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The couples claim that the state's same-sex marriage ban … [read more]

[JURIST] The US government on Wednesday signed a UN Arms Trade Treaty [text, PDF] that regulates global trade in conventional arms. US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website], while signing the treaty on behalf of the US government, stated [Reuters report] that the signature would affect US manufacturers and … [read more]

[JURIST] Sri Lanka must continue to work to improve its human rights record, according to an oral report [text, DOC] by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] filed Wednesday with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. The report noted the large military presence in … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday welcomed the establishment of a national human rights commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [UN materials; BBC backgrounder] but said that rights abuses continue in the east. Pillay's report [text, PDF, in French] attributed the … [read more]

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