Legal news from Sunday, October 31, 2010
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Somali parliament on Sunday voted 297-92 to approve [press release] new Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, after several delays due to a constitutional dispute over the confirmation procedure. Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Mahmud [official profile] had argued that due to the silence of the Somali Transitional [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bahrain released election results [official results, in Arabic] Sunday in its second round of parliamentary elections, revealing that pro-government Sunni parties had maintained a majority, preventing opposition groups from beginning a corruption investigation [LAT report] of the ruling family. Opposition Shi'ite parties represent the majority of Bahrain's population and [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Niger held a referendum Sunday on whether to adopt a new constitution following February's coup [JURIST report], in which a military government replaced that of then-president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile]. If approved, the constitution would limit the powers of the president, confining officeholders to two terms and require presidential [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed two lawsuits [first complaint, PDF; second complaint, PDF] Friday against rival smartphone maker Motorola [corporate website] alleging that several of Motorola's products infringe six patents owned by Apple. The lawsuits, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] claim [read more]

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