Legal news from Monday, December 2, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday refused to hear [order list PDF] a challenge [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] by Liberty University [official website] to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] mandate requiring employers to provide affordable health insurance for their employees. The university sought … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's draft constitution was finalized on Sunday by a 50-member assembly, creating uncertainty about the country's election procedures. The draft dictates that elections are to take place within the first six months of the constitution's ratification. However, the draft does not determine whether a presidential election should be held … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court was asked to consider whether tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe … [read more]

[JURIST] A US military judge has issued an order [text, PDF] allowing for defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to photograph the scars on the ankles and wrists of their client. The order, unsealed last week by US Army military judge Col. James L. Pohl, … [read more]

[JURIST] Hearings in a multi-million dollar class action suit against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) [corporate website] began Monday before the Federal Court of Australia [official website] in Melbourne. More than 43,000 ANZ customers have accused [AFP report] Australia's third largest bank of charging unconscionable fees, including … [read more]

[JURIST] Spain's government approved draft legislation [text, PDF, in Spanish] on Friday that would impose a fine of €30,000 (USD $40,800) for offenses such as insulting the government, burning the flag or protesting parliament without prior approval. It also sets stiff penalties for demonstrations that challenge the electoral process and … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Monday that there is growing evidence that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the nation's ongoing civil war [JURIST backgrounder]. At a press conference, Pillay declared … [read more]

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