Legal news from Thursday, April 3, 2014

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] voted [press release] on Thursday to appove a proposal prohibiting Internet service providers (ISPs) from enhancing or restricting services for selected Internet traffic. The proposed "net neutrality" law, approved by a 534-25 vote with 58 abstentions, aims to treat all Internet traffic equally by … [read more]

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors on Thursday said that more than 5,000 people in the Netherlands have filed complaints against Party for Freedom (PVV) [official website, in Dutch] leader Geert Wilders [official website; JURIST news archive] for discrimination following anti-Moroccan comments Wilders made during municipal election campaigning. Prosecutors are currently reviewing the … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday set a trial date of May 19 to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law passed last year requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges. The Women's Health … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mississippi Legislature [official website] on Tuesday passed a bill [text] that bans abortions from being performed beyond 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which grants an exception [AP report] for cases where pregnancy would endanger the life of the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty [UN backgrounder]. The treaty will take effect [UN news centre report] when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice [official websites] to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] confirmed [UN news centre report] on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties [text]. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas [official website, in Arabic] emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which … [read more]

[JURIST] An inquiry by the interim Ukrainian government on Wednesday implicated members of the special Berkut riot police [BBC backgrounder] in the deaths of 76 anti-government protesters in Kiev in February. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov presented initial findings [BBC report] before reporters indicating twelve members of the elite police force … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish official said Thursday that the government has lifted a ban on Twitter [corporate website] following a Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] ruling Wednesday. The court stated that the ban violated [Al Jazeera report] both individual rights as well as the freedom of expression. This decision came … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas House Bill 2 [text], which requires physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and also required certain compliance protocols relating to the administration of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday temporarily blocked [opinion, PDF] Arizona from enforcing a statute that will prohibit women from having a medication abortion after seven weeks of pregnancy. On Monday, a judge for the US District Court for the District of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday on the requirements to allege breach of fiduciary duties over an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer [transcript, PDF], the court will determine the scope of the fiduciary duties that the … [read more]

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