Legal news from Thursday, October 28, 2004
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, President Bush has signed into law the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, faciliatating the consolidation of Indian land ownership. The bill was introduced by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado and unanimously passed through both houses of Congress. The new law creates [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Bob Holden announced today that his state is joining Illinois and Wisconsin in a program to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Europe despite a federal ban on the imports. The I-SaveRx program was launched this month to offer consumers in participating states savings of up [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the FBI has begun investigating whether the Bush administration improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton, according to officials. UPDATE: AP now has more. The FBI is seeking an interview with Bunnatine Greenhouse (government profile page here), the Army Corps of Engineers chief contracting officer who [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] DaimlerChrysler AG announced today that it is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies from bribing foreign officials and requires compliance controls. The allegations came to light when a fired employee filed a whistleblower complaint [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] In Thursday's corporations and securities law news, Royal Dutch/Shell announced a new restructuring plan which will combine the separate Dutch and English companies into a single group, Royal Dutch Shell. The new group will have a single board, chairman, and chief executive. Read the Shell press release announcing the [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Several major Internet companies announced today that they have filed anti-spam lawsuits under the federal CAN-SPAM act of 2003, which prohibits deceptive or abusive web advertising techniques such as the use of false return addresses or misleading subject lines to trick users into opening messages. The complaint [PDF] filed [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy has announced that two Navy SEALs will face court-martial proceedings for prisoner abuses which occurred between October 2003 and April 2004 at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The two commandos from a Coronado-based Sea, Air, Land unit known as SEAL Team-7 are accused of assaulting [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Marsh & McLennan Cos., accused of rigging bids for its client's insurance contracts by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer earlier this month, will likely settle the case by paying a fine of $500 million. The settlement will most likely include disgorgement of some of the commissions that the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled new legal measures against anti-social behavior Thursday. Under the new regulations, framed to address a growing problem in British society which is said to cost authorities over £30 million per year, towns will be able to fine people causing nuisance by noise, graffiti [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Court of Appeal said Thursday that Britain's State Immunity Act would not prevent four British men (one of whom is also a Canadian citizen) from going ahead with a lawsuit against men they say tortured them into giving false confessions to bombings in Saudi Arabia. The Court did [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] President of the Palestinian National Council Selim Zaanoun stated Thursday that early reports that a three-person committee would replace Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat were incorrect, insisting instead that Arafat's replacement would be the President of the Palestine Legislative Council Rawhi Fattuh, as stipulated by the as-yet-unratified Palestinian Constitution. [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has fired Jean Degli, the lawyer appointed to defend former Brig. Gen. Gratien Kabiligi (case information here), saying Degli defrauded the court of about $300,000. The Court's registrar Adam Dieng said Thursday that "there is overwhelming evidence that Degli played a major role [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the Defense Department to suspend its Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, which provides mandatory anthrax vaccinations for troops, because the vaccine did not receive proper approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Six anonymous members of the military challenged the Pentagon policy and [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Incoming European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday that he is considering making several changes to the proposed slate of EU Commissioners. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Barroso yesterday withdrew the slate of commissioners before the European Parliament could vote to approve or reject the slate. [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir began Thursday on charges stemming from last year's hotel bombing in Jakarta. Bashir, who is alleged to be the spiritual leader of militant Islamic network Jemaah Islamiah, faces multiple charges including conspiring, planning and inciting acts of terrorism, using his position [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Susan Dlott has issued a temporary order preventing elections boards in six Ohio counties from hearing challenges filed by the Ohio Republican Party against newly registered voters. Ohio Democrats had argued that the hearings to verify the residency of new voters would violate the National Voter [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Thursday, October 28.The Federal Election Commission will hold a 10 AM ET open meeting, where it will decide the issue of fundraising potential recount costs prior to the Nov. 2 election. Read the meeting [read more]

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