Legal news from Wednesday, June 22, 2011

[JURIST] Dutch lawmakers on Wednesday passed a network neutrality [JURIST news archive] law, which prohibits mobile operators from blocking or charging consumers fees for using Internet-based communication services. The law, passed by the Dutch Parliament's lower house, the Tweede Kamer [official website, in Dutch], will prevent operators including KPN, Vodafone … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Wednesday that he will seek an investigation [statement] into the Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Thursday. Last week, Ocampo issued a public notice [text] for victims of violence in the Ivory Coast … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Carolina House of Representatives [official website] voted [voting history] 69-43 on Tuesday to enact legislation aimed at reforming the state's immigration laws. The immigration reform bill [SB 20 text] allows police officers to check a suspect's immigration status during a lawful stop, seizure, detention, or arrest, and … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint [press release] with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday, alleging violations of the European Convention of Human Rights [text, PDF]. The complaint argues that the charges against … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Tuesday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a torture suit against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [ABC news backgrounder; JURIST news archive] brought by four Afghan and five Iraqi citizens alleging they were illegally … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN official on Tuesday denounced continued human rights abuses [statement] against civilians in the South Kordofan region of the Sudan [BBC backgrounder]. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs [official website] and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos [official profile] said that the UN knows of more than 70,000 people … [read more]

[JURIST] The Australian Government [official website] on Wednesday introduced legislation [press release] aimed at reinforcing current cybercrime laws and improving Australia's international cybercrime security. Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor [official websites] announced that the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill of 2011 aims … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian court Wednesday sentenced in absentia nephew of ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to 15 years in prison for issuing bad checks, according to a Tunisian state media report. A trial court in the city of Beja issued the cumulative … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain's Lower National Safety Court sentenced 20 activists [BNA report] on Wednesday—eight to life in prison—for anti-government protests conducted earlier this year. The convicted were charged [charges, PDF] with "plotting to topple the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain," but rights organizations have denied this, stating that all convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday permitted [order, PDF] a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) [official website] arising out of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 [JURIST news archive] to proceed. An electrical substation … [read more]

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co [corporate website] reached a $153.6 million settlement [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday for fraud charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commissionn(SEC) [official website] for allegedly misleading investors during the housing crisis. A settlement was reached when JPMorgan agreed to pay [Reuters report] a … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Monday approved [DOI press release] a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] in the American Indian trust [news archive] class-action lawsuit. The suit has been underway for 15 years, with a federal judge approving of … [read more]

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