Legal news from Monday, January 10, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Matrixx v. Siracusano [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on a pharmaceutical company's obligation under §10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and SEC Rule 10b-5 [texts] to disclose reports of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Sunday renewed his support for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website], which is investigating the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] and 22 others. Ban met [UN News report] with current Prime Minister … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in seven cases. In Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether investor losses need to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence … [read more]

[JURIST] The Saskatchewan Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion text, PDF; case summary] that refusal by provincial marriage commissioners to marry same-sex couples violates § 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. The decision invalidates a proposed amendment to Saskatchewan's Marriage Act of 1995 [text; … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced Sunday to 11 years in prison. Sotoudeh was found guilty [Guardian report] of "acting against national security" and "making propaganda against the system" for which she will serve five and one years, respectively. The remaining five years of her sentence … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] announced Sunday that he has no intention of revising the country's contentious blasphemy laws [text; JURIST news archive] after Governor Salman Taseer of Punjab province was shot and killed Tuesday [JURIST report] apparently due to his opposition to the law. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday remanded [order, PDF] the case of Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ordering the lower court to reconsider its ruling. The Second Circuit ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal charges [criminal complaint, PDF] were formally filed on Sunday against Jared Loughner, the man is accused of shooting to death [JURIST report] Chief Judge John Roll of the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] and five other people Saturday. Fourteen other people were wounded … [read more]

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