Legal news from Sunday, February 27, 2011
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two tobacco companies filed a lawsuit [press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] in order to enjoin a recent opinion by the agency's advisory committee due to conflicts of interest. The [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fifth District [official website] on Thursday unanimously decided to reopen a $10.1 billion class action against Philip Morris [corporate website] involving deceptive marketing practices in light of a favorable 2008 US Supreme Court ruling on the subject matter. [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian military's judicial committee on Saturday proposed a constitutional amendment that would impose an eight-year term limit on the presidency in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 30-year reign of former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile]. The proposed constitutional amendments also make it easier for [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Saturday voted unanimously [press release] to impose sanctions on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi [NYT profile], marking the first unanimous referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in UN history. Resolution 1970 [text] also received support from Libya's delegation itself, [read more]

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