Legal news from Monday, November 8, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co., maker of the recalled pain reliever drug Vioxx, said Monday it had been served a subpoena by the US Department of Justice and that it is also the subject of an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Merck began a voluntary worldwide withdrawal [read more]

15:11 EDT

Judge James Robertson of the US District Court of the District of Columbia has stopped Guantanamo military commission proceedings against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and driver from 1996 to 2001, on the grounds that they are unlawful as presently constituted (see this previous report in JURIST's Paper [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ex-Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling today filed a motion with US District Judge Sim Lake to move his trial from Houston. Skilling, who hired five experts to examine the publicity of the Enron collapse, asserts Houston-area residents are prejudiced against him and that the city has a personal, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] For the first time in its 214-year history, Pitcairn Island has selected a woman mayor. The island's former mayor Steve Christian was removed following his recent conviction for rape and sex attacks. Christian is one of six men convicted of the crimes who were handed sentences ranging from jail [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three Sikh boys have been expelled from a school outside Paris for breaking the new French law which bans religious items in the classroom. The boys were expelled after months of debate to determine whether turbans were acceptable under the new law. In most schools, Sikhs have reached agreements [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's State Security Court on Monday acquitted four defendants charged with forming a "fighting cell" and planning attacks on Americans and Jews in Jordan. The acquittals were reportedly due to a lack of evidence. Each of the defendants were nonetheless sentenced to one year in prison for possessing illegal [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A report by the Rand Institute for Civil Justice released Monday has found that victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks have received $38.1 billion in compensation, mostly from insurance companies. The largest portion of the compensation went to New York City businesses, which received $23.3 billion. Additionally, some [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss government announced Monday that a special prosecutor has been appointed to determine whether government officials in the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office leaked secret information that aided Russia's legal campaign against Yukos, its largest oil company. The Swiss government made the appointment in response to complaints from lawyers [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Monday's corporations and securities law news, securities regulator National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) has announced that it has brought charges against H&R Block Inc. for fraudulently promoting Enron Corp. bonds to customers just weeks before the energy giant declared bankruptcy in 2001. The company received profits of [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union filed a complaint Monday with the World Trade Organization against the US and Canada for failing to lift sanctions against the EU over the EU's ban on importing hormone-treated beef. In 1998, the WTO ruled that the EU's beef ban was illegal, and the US and [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist remained at home Monday while the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases. Rehnquist continues to work from home while he receives radiation and chemotherapy for thyroid cancer. Justice John Paul Stevens commented from the bench at this morning's court session that Rehnquist "is unable [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Twelve female prisoners jailed in Nepal for having abortions prior to 2002 have been granted amnesty, Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev said Monday through a Department of Prisons press release. Abortions were illegal in Nepal until 2002 and were punishable by up to three years in prison. [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Monday announced the resolution of three cases that involved posting false bids to drive up the price of auctions on internet marketplace EBay. Over 120 people will receive restitution payments for their purchases of artwork, sports memorabilia, and cars in on-line auctions; together [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Novell Inc. announced Monday that it has agreed to a settlement with Microsoft Corp. over antitrust issues. The dispute involved Novell's NetWare, an operating system with which Novell had hoped to compete with Microsoft's Windows. The two companies agreed that Microsoft will pay Novell $536 million in cash. Novell [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Osama bin Laden's driver are seeking a delay today in his scheduled pretrial hearing before a US military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who drove the al-Qaida leader, is charged with conspiracy. His military-appointed attorney, Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Swift, has filed a federal lawsuit [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of NY has approved a $2.6 billion settlement between Citigroup and WorldCom (now MCI) investors, one of the biggest class-action lawsuits resulting from a series of corporate scandals. The class-action lawsuit accused Citigroup and other investment banks that underwrote WorldCom [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from Georgia's Cobb County School District head to federal court today to defend against a lawsuit filed by parents and the ACLU of Georgia accusing the school district of promoting religion by stating in students' science books that evolution is "a theory, not a fact." The lawsuit argues [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three House Democrats have called for an official investigation into voting machine irregularities during the 2004 election. Congressmen Robert Wexler of Florida, Jerrold Nadler of New York, and John Conyers of Michigan sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Friday outlining several incidents that they learned about [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Nov. 8.The US Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases Monday, with the first to begin at 10 AM ET. In Devenpeck v. Alford (case summary from Duke Law School), the Court will [read more]

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