Legal news from Wednesday, February 5, 2014

[JURIST] German patent licensing firm IPCom accused Apple [corporate websites] on Wednesday of infringing on a 3G technology patent. Last month, the European Patent Office [official website] upheld IPCom's patent [PC World report] on the technology following challenges from Apple, Bokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone. According to a news release … [read more]

[JURIST] The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC) [advocacy website], an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report [press release] on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. The reports findings will be incorporated into … [read more]

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) [corporate website] will pay the US government $614 million and improve company mortgage lending practices under a settlement announced Tuesday for claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance since 2002 and cost the government millions of dollars when the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN international expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff on Wednesday, urged [press release] Spanish authorities to trust their democracy and "not postpone measures for justice, truth and reparation for the victims of human rights violations" committed during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Franco … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor [official website] at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday requested that the court indefinitely delay the proceedings in the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [ICC materials], which was originally scheduled for February 5. Prosecutors reportedly claim that the Kenyan government … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] reached a tentative settlement [press release] Wednesday with Google [corporate website] in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces [NYT report] USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors' content and promoting … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [official website] on Wednesday urged the Russian government to repeal legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Reports indicate that the CRC is specifically concerned [AP report] that the law's broad definitions of "propaganda" will lead to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Wednesday condemning the Holy See [official website] for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who … [read more]

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill [text, PDF], in a 105 to 18 vote [minutes, text]. The final vote in favor of the bill came after a detailed consideration of the bill by parliamentary committees. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have … [read more]

[JURIST] European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender, forcing these individuals to undergo, among other things, invasive surgery and sterilization in order to change their legal status, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleged in a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. Entitled "The … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN on Monday released a report [materials] to the Security Council [official website], which highlights the severe suffering faced by children in Syria during the period between March 2011 and November 2013. The report states that the Syrian government and military allies have killed and tortured [UN News … [read more]

[JURIST] Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Fawzi Odah filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] alleging that he should be freed from prison upon US withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing international law's mandate that prisoners of war be released once a … [read more]

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