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Legal news from Tuesday, October 1, 2013

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron [corporate website] after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when … [read more]

[JURIST] Lambda Legal [advocacy website] filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in West Virginia on Tuesday challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The suit was filed on behalf of three local same-sex couples [WP report] who are seeking the right to marry as well as the child of one of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hungarian Parliament [official website] on Monday passed a law that allows municipalities to prohibit sleeping in public places, effectively criminalizing homelessness. The law permits [AFP report] local authorities to declare areas prohibited for homeless people and evict those living in huts or shacks near the city. Punishment for … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday rejected a request [opinion, PDF] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to dismiss a suit over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious [materials]. The lawsuit [JURIST report], filed … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant [press release] for an Ivory Coast politician charged with four counts of crimes against humanity. Charles Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to orchestrate … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday added eight new cases [order list, PDF] to its docket for the upcoming term. In Harris v. Quinn [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a state can "compel personal care providers to accept and financially support a private … [read more]

[JURIST] The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Monday sent a letter to the state's supreme court, appealing a lower court ruling [JURIST report] which held that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in the state. Despite Judge Mary Jacobson's finding that the state's current … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish government must do more to provide information on the whereabouts of individuals who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Francisco Franco regime, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] demanded [press release] Monday. The working group compiled … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] on Monday sentenced Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, a member of parliament for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website], to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Chowdhury is the first member of the BNP … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Myron Thompson approved a settlement [opinion, PDF] Monday that will end segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. The settlement came as a result of a 2012 decision [opinion, PDF] by Thompson, who found that separating HIV-positive inmates from other inmates was discriminatory [JURIST report] and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network [advocacy website] after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a … [read more]

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