Legal news from Tuesday, November 30, 2004
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, prosecutors in Indonesia announced they have decided to go ahead with charges against 6 executives of the Newmont Mining Corporation for allegedly contamininating the Buyat Bay. The prosecutors are awaiting a final dossier from local police, and hope to officially file the charges in [read more]

20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a story reported Monday on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has bowed to pressure to make public its revised proposals for US stock trading reform in order to allow continued public debate on the issue. Following intense lobbying amidst securities industry fears that a [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana Supreme Court Wednesday will consider the constitutionality of the state's Defense of Marriage amendment [PDF] banning gay marriage. The amendment, overwhelmingly passed by voters in September, was struck down in early October by State District Judge William Morvant, who found the amendment's structure violated a state constitutional [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced Tuesday that he is resigning as the head of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group after serving in that position since 1996. The organization's legal counsel, Dennis Hayes, will serve as interim president. Mfume, whose adopted West African name translates to "conquering [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education (case summary from Duke Law School), a landmark gender equity case where the court will decide whether Congress intended under Title IX to allow lawsuits persons complaining of gender bias even if they are not [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority violated the free speech rights of a group promoting the legalization of marijuana when it refused to accept advertisements by the group. In an opinion released Monday, the court ruled that MBTA’s [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A bill allowing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to continue in his dual role as head of the army has been signed into law and will take effect at the end of the year. Musharraf had promised opposition parties that he would step down as army chief, but he has [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has resigned. [7:30 P.M.] AP has more on the resignation, with quotes from Ridge and additional speculation on likely successors to the Homeland Security post. [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC announced American International Group Inc. (AIG), the world's largest insurance company, has agreed to pay $126 million to settle charges it helped companies fraudulently inflate earnings. AIG will pay a fine of $80 million and repay $46 million in ill-gotten [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A federal district judge has upheld the constitutionality of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [PDF] against a challenge by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, the first executive charged under the act last year for his alleged oversight of a scheme to restate the companies by almost $2.7 billion. District Judge Karon [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court Tuesday lifted an injunction preventing a man from helping his scik wife travel to Switzerland for an assisted suicide. Family Division judge Justice Hedley lifted the temporary injunction, but ruled that police held discretion on whether to take action against the couple, identified only as [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Quebec Court of Appeal Tuesday began hearing an appeal challenging the constitutionality of Canada's 1997 Tobacco Act. Lawyers for Canada's three largest tobacco companies told the court that the law, which bans tobacco sponsorship, restricts advertising and requires large warnings on cigarette packs, effectively constitutes a total ban [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko said Tuesday that Yushchenko is breaking off negotiations aimed at settling the political crisis that has arisen after Ukraine's presidential election. Current Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych had offered to give Yushchenko the prime minister's post if he becomes president, but Yushchenko [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday unveiled new rules that give more time to more than 2,000 public companies struggling to compile reports on their safeguards against fraud and bad financial reporting. Smaller companies are having trouble meeting the reporting requirements mandated by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] In a decision handed down Tuesday morning, the US Supreme Court ruled that the damages cap of $1,000 on recoveries under the Truth in Lending Act remained unchanged when Congress changed other TILA terms in 1995. The case is Koons Buick Pontiac GMC v. Nigh (case backgrounder from Duke [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced legislation Tuesday to the state Duma that would set a maximum service age for judges and justices of the peace at 70 years old. The stated goal of the legislation is to create uniformity in Russia's courts and to protect the independence of the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and four Iraqi citizens will file a criminal complaint in Germany Tuesday against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and seven other high-ranking US officials, seeking to hold the officials accountable for acts of torture allegedly carried out at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. German [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Prompted by opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian parliament debated the country's presidential poll crisis Tuesday, but did not adopt a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who was also the winner of the disputed election. The speaker of parliament said the debate was getting too [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A confidential report of the International Committee of the Red Cross charges the US military with intentionally using psychological and physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on Guantanamo Bay detainees, according to Tuesday's New York Times. The report also concludes that some doctors and other medical workers participated in planning [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, November 30.The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Whitfield v. United States and Hall v. United States (case summary from Duke Law School), where [read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.