Legal news from Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] regulations [text] issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect [Reuters … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives [official website] and the organization Common Cause [advocacy website] challenging the "filibuster" rules of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] issued a report [text] Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of … [read more]

[JURST] The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned [NYT report] about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official … [read more]

[JURIST] The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit [AP backgrounder], established in 2003, utilized [NYT report] plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New … [read more]

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice [official website] laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership [AP report] to the land … [read more]

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged [press release] Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House [background materials] is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix [corporate website] a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US … [read more]

[JURIST] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin [official website] on Monday signed into law a bill [text, PDF] banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities [Huffington Post report] from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the … [read more]

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