Legal news from Thursday, June 17, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Schwab v. Reilly [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a trustee assigned to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy [Cornell LII backgrounder] case is not required to object to the exemptions made by the debtor [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan court on Thursday granted the bail request of US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Johnson Busingye of the High Court of Rwanda [GlobaLex backgrounder] granted unconditional release [Reuters report] due to Erlinder's persisting medical problems, which would allow [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environment Protection [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the state of Florida did not "take" property without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment [text] where [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled 5-4 in New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the NLRB lacks the authority to decide cases where only two of the five-member board are present. Section 3(b) of [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Dillon v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the court's decision in United States v. Booker [opinion, text] does not provide for special consideration of changes in sentencing guidelines during U.S.C. §3582(c)(2) [text] sentence [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] in City of Ontario v. Quon [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that an employer's search of private text messages on a work-issued device does not violate the Fourth Amendment [text] if the search is [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The San Francisco Board of Supervisors [official website] on Tuesday voted to approve an ordinance [transcript] that would require retailers who sell cellular phones to display the varying amounts of radiation emitted by the different cell phone models. The ordinance passed by a vote of 10-1 and Mayor Gavin [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday heard closing arguments [transcript] in Perry v. Schwarzenegger [case materials], challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive]. During closing arguments, the attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the state ban on same-sex [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Icelandic Parliament [official website, in Icelandic] on Wednesday voted 50-0 [vote count, in Icelandic] to pass sweeping media reform laws aimed at increasing protections for journalists and promoting freedom of speech and transparency in government. The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) [materials] was developed by lawmakers in conjunction [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Assembly [official website] on Thursday gave final approval on an agreement [text, PDF] with the US that will allow Swiss bank UBS [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to disclose account information of clients suspected by the US government of tax evasion. The approval came at a [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday issued a report [text, PDF] urging the Israeli government to stop demolishing Palestinian homes [press release] found to be constructed illegally in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) [UN official profile]. AI cited incidents over the past five years where Israeli forces demolished [read more]

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