Legal news from Thursday, December 30, 2004
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a symbolic break with the Soviet past, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday signed a new law scrapping the old October revolution holiday in November as a day off work, redesignating it a Day of Military Glory commemorating the November 7, 1941 military parade in Moscow's Red Square. The [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] HealthSouth and the US Department of Justice have reportedly reached a settlement agreement in the wake of allegations the company filed false Medicare reports with the US government, costing tax payers $2.7 billion. The settlement, worth $325 million, will help the company regain investor confidence. In addition to filing [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a departure from established law, the Massachusetts State Appellate Court has ruled a prenuptial agreement signed by a woman prior to marrying was invalid. The court held it was unreasonable to expect a woman to raise children and maintain a household without the expectation of future compensation, regardless [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Ukraine's Supreme Court has rejected all appeals by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych against Sunday's presidential revote, won by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. CTV News has more. [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] As the reported death toll in Indonesia alone exceeded 79,000 Thursday in the aftermath of the tsunami that hit South Asia Sunday, causing more than 120,000 deaths, lawlessness has become a problem in the northern Indonesian region of Aceh, hardest hit by the disaster which originated in an undersea [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's High Court Thursday rejected a second lawsuit filed by the opposition Nationalist Party to nullify the March 20 presidential poll and upheld President Chen Shui-bian's narrow re-election victory. The first lawsuit was dismissed in November after an extensive investigation and a ballot recount, which affirmed the .2 percent [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Wednesday denied a request from the parents of Terri Schiavo for a new trial in her long-running right-to-die case. Once the court issues a formal decision within two weeks, Schiavo's husband will be able to order the removal of a feeding tube [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Arkansas Circuit Judge Timothy Fox Wednesday declared that a state ban on placing foster children in a household with a gay member was unconstitutional. The Arkansas chapter of the ACLU brought the case, challenging a 1999 regulation that stated that gays cannot become foster parents, and foster children cannot [read more]

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