Legal news from Wednesday, November 20, 2013

[JURIST] Voters of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance [text, PDF] that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In a 55 to 45 percent vote, the citizens voted against [unofficial results] allowing the proposed ordinance to become law. This referendum marked the first … [read more]

[JURIST] The Regional Court of Berlin [official website, in German] on Tuesday held that 25 of Google's [corporate website] privacy policies and terms of service violate Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) [PDF, in German], Germany's data protection law. The case against Google was filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kenyan human rights group Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) [official website] and the Open Society Justice Initiative [advocacy website] issued a report [report, PDF] on Tuesday, calling on the US and the UK to suspend financial support to Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU). The document, entitled "We're Tired … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a statement [press release] calling on Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (NDC) [official website] to endorse proposed legislation that would strike down a 2012 law providing blanket immunity [JURIST report] to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposal by the ruling Puea Thai party to amend the constitution to make the nation's senate fully elected is illegal. The court held [AP report] that Thailand's parliament did not follow proper procedures for amending the constitution, saying that several lawmakers … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled 5-4 [decision, PDF] to allow Texas's new abortion law [HB 2] to remain in effect while it is being reviewed by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website]. The provision in question requires doctors who perform … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that a $13 billion civil settlement with JPMorgan & Co. [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has been finalized, resolving federal and state claims arising from the bank's risky mortgage practices which helped lead to the 2008 … [read more]

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