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Legal news from Tuesday, December 3, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court must decide on the scope of preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA) [49 USC § 41713(b)]. Section 41713(b) provides … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a forum-selection clause may be enforced by a motion to transfer under 28 USC § 1404 but may not be enforced by a motion to dismiss under 28 USC § 1406(a) or Rule 12(b)(3) [text] of the Federal … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Ahmed Douma [twitter feed, in Arabic] was arrested Tuesday according to a posted tweet. According to Reuters, Douma has been detained [Reuters report] in connection with violence at a protest over the weekend outside a courthouse where activist and leader of the April 6 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal law [text] that prohibits corporate and campaign advertising on public radio and television. In a 9-2 ruling the court held that such advertisements threatened the educational missions of public media, and … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court on Monday ordered a trial for German car maker Daimler AG and French industrial conglomerate Lagardere SCA, shareholders in Airbus' parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EADS) [corporate websites], in an insider trading investigation dating back to 2006. EADS is a global pan-European aerospace and … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in Canberra [Marriage Equality Bill, materials]. The nation's first same sex weddings can take place this weekend. The law was passed by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly [official … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation [Guardian op-ed] into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites]. Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and legal … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawyer representing human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account] said Sunday that a judge has rejected a request to approve a conditional early release, for which Rajab is now eligible under Bahraini law. US Department of State [official website] spokeswoman Jen Psaki commented on news of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Monday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's new gun-control law [text, PDF], enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The lawsuit was brought [AP report] by … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in United States v. Woods [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report], a case concerning an offsetting-option tax shelter, marketed to high-income taxpayers in the 1990s. The court was asked to determine whether the penalty for tax underpayments attributable to valuation misstatements … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday delivered a "mixed report" on human rights progress around the world [UN News Centre report], highlighting advances in some areas and alarm in others. "Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear," Pillay stated during a press conference … [read more]

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