Legal news from Friday, December 6, 2013

[JURIST] The UN Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) [official websites] on Friday released a report documenting severe human rights violations [press release] occurring in the Ivory Coast. Dozos, who are responsible for undertaking security measures within the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Military Court Centre in Bulford [official website] on Friday sentenced a sergeant of the UK Royal Marines [official website] to life in prison for the murder of a Taliban insurgent that occurred during the sergeant's overseas deployment. Alexander Blackman, along with four other individuals, was charged with killing … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed [order list, PDF] Friday to rule on a a key software patent case. The question before the court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International [docket; cert. petition, PDF] is: "Whether claims to computer-implemented inventions—including claims to systems and machines, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HR 3309, PDF] intended to curb the actions of "patent trolls" [Filament backgrounder], or patent assertion entities, in which companies frivolously accuse other companies, often small business owners, of patent infringement in effort to collect licensing fees. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that developers of the 7 World Trade Center (7WTC) Building were not liable for the damages caused by the collapse of the 7WTC several hours after the twin towers were destroyed in the 9/11 … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive], who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday by an Italian court after being convicted in absentia … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in United States v. Apel [transcript, PDF; JURIST report]. The case addresses the issue of whether a statute [18 USC § 1382] that prohibits a person from reentering a military installation after a commanding officer ordered … [read more]

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