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Legal News
15 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. [corporate websites] on Friday agreed to drop their appeals of a patent-infringement case at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] that resulted in an import ban on some older model Samsung phones. Samsung has been seeking to overturn the ban, while … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [judgment, PDF] without comment a US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] decision finding that Apple [corporate website] did not infringe [determination, PDF] upon Samsung Electronics [corporate website] patents. The ITC had previously found in … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc [corporate websites] for a finding that the company infringed on two of Apple's smartphone patents. The jury also found [Reuters … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that political organizations including the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization are immune from liability under the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1992 (TVPA) [text]. The petitioners, relatives of a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled on Wednesday that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website; BBC profile] is immune from suit [opinion, PDF] under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) [text] while he is in office. Rajapaksa … [read more]

Legal News
29 Feb 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. [transcript; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in four cases. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether three oil companies are immune from US lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 [text] for torture and … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Friday revived a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] brought by 15 Indonesian citizens against the US corporation ExxonMobil Corp. [corporate website] alleging that its wholly-owned subsidiary hired security forces that committed numerous human rights abuses. The US District … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Friday permitted [order, PDF] lawsuits against Chiquita Brand International [corporate website] to move forward. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] in April … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday revived [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against Drummond Company [corporate website] alleging that the company hired Colombian paramilitaries to assassinate plaintiffs' fathers. The plaintiffs brought suit against Drummond under the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) [28 USC § … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Monday released its annual report [text, PDF] on human trafficking conditions across the globe, finding that the US adequately complies with international regulations but still has a "'serious problem with human trafficking, both for labor and commercial sexual exploitation." The report … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Feb 2010

Piper Hendricks [International Justice Project Director, World Organization for Human Rights USA]: "Last Friday, February 5, 2010, while preparing for what has been called the "snowpocalypse" here in Washington, DC, we at Human Rights USA learned that the Court in our civil case against Charles Taylor, Jr. ("Taylor Jr.") had … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Tuesday added Chad, Eritrea, Malaysia, Niger, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to its list of countries with the worst human trafficking records in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009 [materials; introduction, PDF]. The countries join Burma, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, Mauritania, Niger, North … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] Tuesday a district court decision finding former El Salvador chief military commander Nicolas Carranza [CJA backgrounder] liable for murder and torture committed during the El Salvador civil war [PBS backgrounder] in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says despite a recent conclusion of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top US officials are immune from torture-related litigation launched by former US detainees because they were performing … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] Tuesday cited the governments of 16 countries, including 11 predominantly Islamic states, for not making a "significant effort to combat human trafficking" in its annual report [PDF text] on modern-day slavery around the world Tuesday. Although Algeria, Bahrain, Burma, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Seamon of the University of Idaho School of Law says that in light of ever-increasing evidence of detainee abuse by US personnel or parties acting with the approval or complicity of the United States, Congress should change federal law to create a civil remedy for victims … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] President Bush Tuesday signed into law a renewal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 [PDF text; fact sheet], providing $361 million over two years towards to investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases, most involving the sex trade. The US Justice Department reported [text, PDF] last year … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] The civil trial of former El Salvadoran military officer and naturalized US citizen Nicolas Carranza [CJA profile] commenced in US District Court in Memphis Monday. Carranza was vice president of defense and director of the Salvadoran Treasury police during the nations' turbulent 12-year civil war [PBS backgrounder], and stands … [read more]

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