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Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction [JURIST report] of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake [NYT report] that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Former El Salvador President Francisco Flores was taken into custody on Saturday after a court repealed his house arrest. Francisco is being held as he awaits trial on charges of corruption and embezzling More than USD $15 million, part of which is alleged to have come as aid from … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been at the center of much debate in the past decade. The process has had an enormous impact on the energy industry in the US, particularly with regard to natural gas markets. Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the energy future … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the 2011 convictions and sentences of three former Wall Street traders who were charged in a broad crackdown on insider trading which has led to charges against 81 people since October 2009. The … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed the conviction [opinion, PDF] of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive], rejecting his argument that wiretap evidence was used improperly to convict him. Rajaratnam was convicted in 2011 on 14 counts related to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Rengan Rajaratnam, younger brother to former Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive], on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring with his brother to trade on non-public information concerning Clearwire Corporate [website] and Advanced Micro Devices Incorporated [corporate website] in 2008. Rengan was charged … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Former Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] on Friday agreed to pay approximately USD $1.45 million to settle an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. After the SEC charged [press release; JURIST report] Rajaratnam with insider trading in … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A court in Abruzzo, Italy, on Monday found that six Italian scientists and an ex-government official were negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Specifically, sole judge Marco Billi found [Reuters report] that … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Japanese authorities on Wednesday began a criminal investigation into last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder]. The Fukushima Prosecutor accepted a criminal complaint filed in June [JURIST report] by more than 1,300 people against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the catastrophe and for the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] More than 1,300 people filed a criminal complaint on Monday against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant [IAEA backgrounder] and for the plaintiffs' resulting radiation. The complaint named [BBC report] as defendants Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] signed into law on Thursday a bill [H 464 materials] outlawing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST news archive], making Vermont the first US state to ban the controversial technique used to extract natural gas from the ground. Fracking is the process of injecting … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced [JURIST report] Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 million. The … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) [advocacy website] announced Tuesday that more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims are seeking damages [press release] from the UN and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) [official website] for its role in the introduction of the cholera virus into … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced [press release, PDF] former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] has been urged to stop deportations to Haiti on humanitarian grounds. More than 3,000 Americans signed a letter [text, PDF] sent to the president on Thursday, claiming that deportees are immediately imprisoned upon return to Haiti and can suffer illness-related deaths as a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US Customs and Border Protection [official website] has arrested 115 Haitians who have crossed the border illegally since the January 12 earthquake [NYT backgrounder, JURIST news archive], according to Sunday reports. Mark Henry, operations officer for the Border Patrol's Swanton sector [official website], which covers 261 miles of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday signed [press release] a bill [text, PDF] that will allow Americans to claim contributions made to Haitian earthquake [JURIST news archive] relief efforts as a deduction on their 2009 federal income tax returns. Under the new law, monetary donations made between January 11 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2010
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [official profile] said Friday that Haitians who arrived illegally after last week's earthquake [JURIST news archive] would be sent back to Haiti. Napolitano told a news conference [Reuters report] that Haitians should not view the earthquake as an open opportunity to migrate … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] announced on Monday that the US will allow Haitian orphans into the country [press release] to receive needed care in the aftermath of last week's earthquake [JURIST news archive]. The humanitarian parole policy [USCIS backgrounder], which grants individuals temporary admission … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Local police struggled to maintain law and order in Haiti while awaiting the deployment of more US troops on Monday, as looting and vigilantism rose among increasingly desperate and frustrated survivors of the earthquake that struck the country last week. The troops arriving Monday are part of a 5,700-strong … [read more]

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