Legal news from Friday, May 23, 2014

[JURIST] Six couples filed a federal lawsuit [complaint] Thursday challenging South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of South Dakota [official website], challenges a law [text] passed by the legislature in 1996 and a constitutional amendment [text] approved … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 303-121 [roll call] Thursday to approve a bill that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to collect phone records. The USA Freedom Act [HR 3361 materials] would end the bulk collection of phone records and … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday sentenced [press release] Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials; JURIST news archive] to 12 years in prison for war crimes. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri, an armed militia group from the Ituri region … [read more]

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court [official websites]. The March decision [JURIST report] by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana [advocacy website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed [ACLU backgrounder] in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 … [read more]

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