Legal news from Friday, September 17, 2004
21:09 EDT

After several recent attacks claiming the lives of civilians in Iraq, Amnesty International Friday called for an "urgent inquiry" into the incidents. Specifically, recent press reports say that at least 44 civilians were killed Friday during an attack by US forces on other targets near Fallujah, and 13 civilians were [read more]

21:09 EDT

Five years after the lawsuit began, the government's case against the nation's cigarette makers is set to begin next Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Read the amended complaint [PDF]. The government is pursuing the case under the 1970 Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), [read more]

19:09 EDT

As noted in an earlier bulletin in JURIST's Paper Chase, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 late Friday that Ralph Nader can appear as the Reform Party candidate on the Florida ballot in the November Presidential election, ending two weeks of uncertainty and conflicting court decisions. An attorney for the [read more]

19:09 EDT

AP is reporting that the Florida Supreme Court has ruled 6-1 that independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader can stay on the Florida ballot. The ruling is online here. [read more]

13:09 EDT

In Friday's corporations and securities law news, Japan's Financial Services Agency has ordered Citigroup Inc. to close its Japanese private banking offices after discovering a failure to prevent suspected money laundering, lax screening of customer information and improper trading practices. The sanctions will effectively shut the company out of the [read more]

13:09 EDT

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to rule late Friday on whether Ralph Nader will appear on the November ballot for the Reform Party. During oral arguments earlier this morning, attorneys for the state Democratic party argued that the Reform Party was not a legitimate party under Florida law and [read more]

12:09 EDT

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri (BBC profile), arrested in May on a US warrant, could face charges under the Terrorism Act in Britain, which would delay extradition proceedings sought by the US, a government lawyer said Friday. Police in London completed an investigation of Abu Hamza, and the Crown Prosecution [read more]

11:09 EDT

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev Friday criticized governmental changes proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin (BBC profile) that would remove certain voting rights and further centralize power in response to a recent spate of terrorist attacks. Following the bombing of two planes and a [read more]

11:09 EDT

A Canadian teenager being held at Guantanamo Bay has admitted to being trained by al-Qaida and killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, the US military disclosed. The US case against Omar Khadr, 17, includes charges that he trained with al-Qaida, conducted surveillance of US forces and planted land mines. The [read more]

11:09 EDT

The UN General Assembly has rejected the twelfth bid by the Republic of China (Taiwan) to gain membership in the global organization. For UN purposes Taiwan has been deemed a part of the People's Republic of China since October 25, 1971, when the General Assembly passed Resolution 2758 (available here) [read more]

11:09 EDT

A new report by the US weapons inspector in Iraq concludes that the pre-war government did not possess any actual WMDs, but Saddam Hussein maintained plans to restore weapons programs when UN sanctions ended, the New York Times reported Friday. The 1,500-page report by Charles Duelfer was being circulated among [read more]

10:09 EDT

Afghan authorities Friday were holding three suspected Taliban members allegedly involved in an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai. The attack took place Thursday when a rocket was fired at Karzai's helicopter during a campaign trip for the upcoming election, but no one was injured. The three suspects, all between [read more]

10:09 EDT

Friday's New York Times reports on the signing of the first-ever union contract that includes "guest" or migrant workers by the North Carolina Growers Association, which represents 1,000 farmers, and now covers 8,500 Mexican workers, the idictment of two men for allegedly raising money to support terrorists and recruiting would-be [read more]

09:09 EDT

A San Francisco judge has ordered Microsoft to pay $112.5 million in legal fees stemming from a $1 billion anti-trust settlement in a class-action suit involving California residents. The judge awarded late Thursday about half the amount of fees requested by the firm, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, which billed [read more]

09:09 EDT

Members of India's Union Cabinet agreed Friday to a withdrawal of a controversial anti-terror law that some have alleged has been misused against Muslims in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was passed following a deadly 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. According to Indian Home Minister Shivraj [read more]

09:09 EDT

Negotiators at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed Friday to a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear activities that would block the country from using weapons technology. The text of the resolution, leaked to the press, demands that Iran freeze uranium enrichment activities at least until a November [read more]

06:09 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, September 17th.The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the Ralph Nader ticket should appear on the Florida ballot in November. Read filings in the case and watch a live webcast of [read more]

06:09 EDT

In Friday's US law and business press, the New York Law Journal reports that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned the adverse inference rule in patent cases.... The ABA Journal offers advice to law students and lawyers about preparing for tough questions on job interviews.... [read more]

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