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Legal news from Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[JURIST] The US government on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint] against Sprint Communications, Inc., [corporate website] alleging the company overcharged them for telephone wiretapping services. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], asserted that Sprint knowingly submitted false "reimbursement of expenses" … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives [official website] on Monday approved a bill [HB 885 backgrounder] that would legalize the administration of medical marijuana by pill, liquid or injection to treat certain seizure disorders. The Georgia House approved the bill on Monday by an overwhelming majority of 171-4. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday in Law v. Siegel [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a bankruptcy court improperly exceeded its authority by ordering legally exempt funds to be used to pay attorney's costs. The case revolved around a Chapter 7 bankruptcy claim filed by California resident Stephen … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas [JURIST news archive] is a terrorist organization and banned all activities by the group in Egypt. The ruling [BBC report] was based on connections between Hamas, the Islamist ruling party of Palestine, with the Muslim Brotherhood [party … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Lawson v. FMR LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the whistleblower provision 18 USC § 1514A [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Sarbones Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) [text, PDF] protects employees of private contractors and subcontractors performing work for a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 Monday that British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] must adhere to the terms of its Deepwater Horizon [BBC backgrounder] oil spill settlement agreement with Gulf businesses and pay for damages regardless of whether causation can … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Carolina Attorney General's Office [official website] said [text, PDF] Monday that it would comply with a court order [text, PDF] enjoining it from enforcing the controversial "show me your papers" provision of the state's recently enacted immigration law [SB 20 text]. In what is being called a … [read more]

[JURIST] The twenty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] opened Monday amid calls for stronger protections for activists calling out human rights violations. In her opening remarks [press release], the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged states to take a proactive … [read more]

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