Legal news from Thursday, September 9, 2004
22:09 EDT

Judge Paul Lipscomb of Oregon's Marion County Circuit Court ruled Thursday that independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name should appear on Oregon's ballot for the November election. Last week, Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, an open supporter of Democratic nominee John Kerry, invalidated several thousand signatures on petitions supporting [read more]

21:09 EDT

Bushmaster Firearms and Bull's Eye Shooter Supply have agreed to pay more than $2 million in damages to the victims and families of the 2002 Washington DC-area sniper attacks as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the survivors with the help of the Brady Center to Prevent [read more]

21:09 EDT

Two senior Army generals said in testimony Thursday to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the CIA kept dozens of prisoners off official rosters at Abu Ghraib and other detention facilities in Iraq in order to hide them from Red Cross inspections. An August inquiry by three generals found eight [read more]

18:09 EDT

CNET is reporting that US District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco has denied a request by the Antitrust Division of the federal Department of Justice to issue an injunction against Oracle's hostile acquisition of business software maker PeopleSoft, effectively allowing the takeover to go ahead.UPDATE: Read the full text [read more]

16:09 EDT

AP is reporting that the House has voted 223-193 to block the Labor Department from carrying out new overtime rules. JURIST's Paper Chase provided coverage of the new rules when they took effect in August. [read more]

16:09 EDT

In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, chemical giant DuPont has agreed to a settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging the company contaminated a West Virginia community's water supply with chemical PFOA, a key ingredient used in its Teflon products. The settlement, which a circuit judge must still [read more]

15:09 EDT

EU enlargement commissioner Guenter Verheugen has admonished Turkey for its plan to present a bill to its parliament next week that would return adultery to criminal status in the country, saying that it could affect Turkey's chances of joining the EU. Adultery was illegal in Turkey until 1996 when the [read more]

14:09 EDT

Thursday's Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix City Council has decided that the city's library computers will be equipped with filters for adult users that block pornographic material, a filter many civil rights and First Amendment groups say is overly broad. The new policy, reportedly the most stringent for any [read more]

13:09 EDT

Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Davey has issued a temporary injunction barring state officials from putting Reform Party candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot. Judge Davey, who acted Wednesday night, has scheduled a second hearing for today to determine whether the case should go to trial. Secretary of State Glenda [read more]

13:09 EDT

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., which has restaurants in 41 states, announced a settlement to all discrimination lawsuits brought by or supported by the NAACP. Cracker Barrel will pay $8.7 million for discriminating against employees and customers. The case arose from a suit brought by 42 black customers in [read more]

11:09 EDT

Lawyers Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins have asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for permission to appeal their appointment as Slobodan Milosevic's defense counsel. In a letter to the court, the two lawyers said that Milosevic refuses to meet or talk with them and questioned whether depriving [read more]

11:09 EDT

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has rejected an appeal by the Prosecutor's Office to overturn a trial ruling that the six individuals, charged with various war crimes, be released pending an upcoming trial. The Appeals Chamber held that Trial Chamber acted correctly in [read more]

11:09 EDT

Lawyers for two British Guantanamo Bay detainees, Moazzam Begg and Feroz Abbasi, have renewed their call for the British government to secure the men's return. An American lawyer met with the detainees for the first time last week, but conditions put in place by the US government have restricted her [read more]

10:09 EDT

As expected, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday morning that genocide has been committed in Darfur. From Powell's statement: Since the US became aware of atrocities occurring in Sudan, we have been reviewing the Genocide Convention and the obligations it places on the Government [read more]

10:09 EDT

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster has ruled that California's new law giving same-sex couples who register as domestic partners nearly all the legal benefits and responsibilities as married spouses does not violate Proposition 22, which defines marriage in California as only between a man and woman. Judge McMaster wrote: [read more]

09:09 EDT

The Nazi war crimes trial of 86-year-old Ladislav Niznansky opened Thursday in Munich. Niznansky has been charged with 164 counts of murder for allegedly heading the Slovak section of a Nazi unit that hunted resistance fighters and Jews after a 1944 uprising in Slovakia. According to the indictment, Niznansky "ordered [read more]

09:09 EDT

Members of Sudan's parliament said Thursday that US pressures over Darfur would encourage rebels in the region and spur other Sudanese separatist movements to take up arms. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US has circulated a draft resolution threatening punitive actions against Sudan if security in the [read more]

06:09 EDT

In Thursday's US law and business press, the ABA Journal reports on a recent study raising doubts about the validity of the FBI's comparative bullet-lead-analysis evidence.... The Legal Intelligencer reports on a Third US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that PA bad-faith claims against HMOs are preempted by ERISA.... The [read more]

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