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World Trade Center leaseholder wins jury verdict in insurance battle
The leaseholder of the World Trade Center, destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, won a major legal victory Monday when a Manhattan jury agreed that the attack on the Twin Towers constituted two events for insurance purposes, not jus (More)
Dutch arrest man wanted by US for supplying lethal chemicals to Saddam
Dutch authorities announced Monday that they have arrested a man on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list (see this listing from 2000) for supplying lethal chemicals to Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the 1980s. Frans van Anraat, now 62, is said t (More)
Clergy sex abuse lawsuits force Spokane diocese into bankruptcy
The Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington, confirmed Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming a lack of funds to cover claims arising from multiple lawsuits against it alleging child sexual abuse by multiple clergy. The diocese (More)
Ruling upholding restraints on First Amendment rights of government employees [US SC]
City of San Diego v. Roe, Supreme Court of the United States, Per Curiam, December 6, 2004 . Excerpt:A government employee does not relinquish all First Amendment rights otherwise enjoyed by citizens just by reason of his or her employment. See, e.g. (More)
BREAKING NEWS ~ Ukraine political groups agree on election reforms
Ukraine's opposition and pro-government factions reached a compromise on Monday on changes to election law and constitutional amendments, allowing for a new election on December 26. The Ukraine parliament, which failed to pass an initially-propo (More)
Minor sanctions for defiant US soldiers
Following up this story reported in Paper Chase yesterday, the US military on Monday took disciplinary action against 18 soldiers who refused to go on a mission in Iraq, believing it to be too dangerous. Although the military refused to release deta (More)
Corporations & securities brief ~ SEC finalizes hedge fund rule
In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC has released a final rule relating to the registration of hedge fund advisors with the agency by February 1. Critics charge that the SEC does not have the legal authority to regulate hed (More)
Supreme Court upholds restraints on First Amendment rights of government employees
In a per curiam decision handed down Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the City of San Diego's decision to terminate a police officer who made and sold sexually explicit videotapes of himself in uniform did not violate the offi (More)
Turkey approves criminal procedure bill as part of EU membership bid
Turkey's parliament has approved another law designed to pave the way for talks on Turkey's membership in the European Union. The new criminal procedure bill, which will take effect on April 1, 2005, is the second leg of a three-part crimin (More)
Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, December 6
Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, December 6.The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Wilkinson v. Dotson (case summary from Duke Law School), whe (More)