Legal news from Monday, January 24, 2011

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Ortiz v. Jordan [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a party may not appeal an order denying summary judgment after a full trial on the merits. Petitioner Michelle Ortiz was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Thompson v. North American Stainless [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a third party can sue his employer for retaliation. Eric Thompson was fired from North American Stainless (NAS) [official website] after the company learned that his … [read more]

[JURIST] EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond [press release] to human rights abuses and violations, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] annual report [text, PDF] published Monday. The report accuses countries of adopting soft approaches to human rights, such as dialogue and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases Monday and summarily reversed a Ninth Circuit decision in a California parole case. In Howes v. Fields [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court granted certiorari to determine the scope of Miranda rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Chase Bank v. McCoy [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that Chase was not required to provide a cardholder with a change-in-terms notice before raising the interest rate on his credit card. The case required the court to … [read more]

[JURIST] Three Indonesian soldiers accused of torturing Papuan detainees received prison sentences Monday of less than one year. Citing lack of evidence [Al Jazeera report], a military judge convicted the men of the lesser crime of insubordination instead of torture. He sentenced [VOA report] one of the men to 10 … [read more]

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