Legal news from Tuesday, April 29, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in a pair of cases dealing with warrantless searches of suspects' cell phones. Riley v. California [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] is a state court case that involves a challenge to searching an arrested individual without a … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [press release] a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law [BBC report], where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. The bill was approved … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a set of bills that apply new restrictions on the Internet and blogging, a move widely criticized by both pro-democracy activists and Russia's technology sector alike. Critics of the draft laws affecting the Internet, which are expected to be signed by … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Tuesday in Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] did not overstep its authority when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] on Tuesday indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct, including the misuse of authority in violation of Thailand's constitution. The indictment is a response to the senators' attempt to amend the constitution [AP report] to make the senate fully elected, a move ruled … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday in two cases concerning attorney's fees in patent disputes. In Octane Fitness v. ICON Health and Fitness [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] the court ruled [opinion, PDF] that the framework used by the district court to award attorney's fees was too rigid. … [read more]

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