Legal news from Monday, March 31, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. [docket] to determine how the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is to interpret claims in a patent appeal. Federal appeals courts traditionally review a district … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] announced on Monday that he would hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The Women's Health and Safety Act [text], which … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 13 Bahrain citizens to life in prison and one man to 10 years in prison. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 34, were convicted [Reuters report] of attempting to kill two police officers and participating in an illegal protest outside … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied review [order list, PDF] of two cases brought by Roman Catholic non-profit groups seeking an exemption from part of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [materials; JURIST backgrounder] requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Both cases, Roman … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] on Monday in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], which raises the issue of whether certain types of computer software are patent eligible under the Patent Act. Appearing on behalf of the government, US Solicitor General … [read more]

[JURIST] Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report [text, PDF] published Friday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. This number equals the total death count [AP report] recorded between 2010 and … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty [BBC report] to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 33 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to six years in prison for protesting without government permission in December. The court also fined [AP report] each defendant 50,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately USD $7,100). The prison sentences are the … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel's Tel Aviv District Court on Monday convicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] of accepting bribes relating to the construction of a luxury apartment complex called the Holyland towers. As Jerusalem's mayor from 1993 to 2003, Olmert, along with other city officials, allegedly … [read more]

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