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Legal news from Tuesday, March 25, 2014

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday returned a guilty verdict for five former associates of Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] on charges they aided and profited from the Ponzi scheme that defrauded billions of dollars from … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled that lawyers can advise [Reuters report] marijuana businesses in the state without fear of violating state attorney ethics laws. Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana through a voter initiative in 2012, many attorneys have reportedly expressed concern over involving themselves in … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladeshi investigators on Tuesday moved the government to ban Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website; Global Security backgrounder] for its alleged involvement in war crimes occurring during the nation's 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [Bangladesh News backgrounder] from Pakistan. Government investigators reportedly obtained [AP report] evidence that Jammat formed armed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the insider trading conviction of former Goldman Sachs [corporate website] director Rajat Gupta. Judge Amalya Kearse rejected Gupta's claim that wiretap evidence should not have been admitted against him. Gupta was convicted of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously on Tuesday in US v. Quality Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that involuntarily terminated severance packages given to employees are subject to wage taxation under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) [text, PDF]. The case stems from the bankruptcy of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday issued a unanimous ruling in Lexmark v. Static Control Components holding [opinion, PDF] that Static did not lack standing to assert a Lanham Act claim in defense of a copyright infringement action brought by Lexmark. The case revolved around the use … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday stated [Al Jazeera report] that on April 28 it will rule on the mass trial of 683 alleged supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] charged with murder, incitement of violence and sabotage. The trial, which has been decried internationally … [read more]

[JURIST] In recognition of the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims [event website], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile, JURIST news archive] urged global leaders Monday to take seriously [press release] the recommendations of commissions of inquiry … [read more]

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