Legal news from Friday, August 8, 2008
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday dismissed [decision, PDF] a shareholder suit against government-sponsored lender Fannie Mae [corporate website] for alleged wrongdoing by the board of directors. Shareholders accused the board of failing to take appropriate steps in 2004 to prevent accounting [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] According to high-level supporters on Friday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] has affirmed his June vow [Dawn report] that he will neither step down nor go into exile, despite the recent pressure from opposition forces. Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q [party website] party [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] An August 17 trial date has been set for five Sudanese men accused of killing John Granville, an aid worker affiliated with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) [official website], Sudan's state media reported Friday. Following the January shooting of John Granville and his driver, a previously-unknown extremist [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 12-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans. Plaintiffs led by Eloise Cobell had argued that the federal government [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The aerospace division of Honeywell International [corporate website] has agreed [settlement, PDF] to pay $5 million in fines and $1 million for a cleanup project for environmental violations at its Phoenix, Arizona facility, according to a Thursday release [PDF text] from Arizona officials. In the lawsuit [PDF text], the state had [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian Supreme Court judge on Friday withdrew from hearing a judicial bribery case [IANS report] after lawyers accused the court of protecting corrupt judges. Justice B.N. Agrawal [official profile] said that he refused to consider unsubstantiated accusations against the court, adding that the behavior of the accusers, former [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [materials; press release] challenging a so-called "sore loser" election law [SC Code Ann. § 7-11-10 text] in South Carolina. Under the law, a candidate that seeks a nomination from multiple parties will be banned from appearing [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion text] a claim brought by the mother of a special education student that her child's Fourth and Fourteenth amendment [text] rights were violated when he was given "timeouts." Jennifer Couture sued the Albuquerque Public [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Thursday that in a mixed-motive employment discrimination case, the plaintiff must show he or she objectively met minimum requirements for the job. The issue had not been addressed by other circuits, and came before the court [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Thursday affirmed [opinion text] the dismissal of a shareholder securities suit against Biogen Idec [corporate website], in which the class of plaintiffs accused directors of violating the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [text] by intentionally misrepresenting the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay detainee Djamel Ameziane [advocacy profile, DOC] Wednesday filed a complaint [DOC text; press release] against the US with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [governing statute; official website], alleging that he had been tortured, given inadequate medical treatment, and denied other basic rights. The complaint was [read more]

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