Legal news from Thursday, July 28, 2011
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of attorneys filed a civil lawsuit in Belgium against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO [official website] Thursday alleging it is responsible for killing 13 civilians in a bombing of a residential compound in Libya. The complaint was filed [AP report] on behalf of retired Libyan general [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco [official website] ruled in Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco v. Arntz [materials] on Thursday that a San Francisco public referendum to ban circumcision cannot appear on the ballot in November. The Male Genital Mutilitation bill [text] would have [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] will be held in Cairo, a senior official said Thursday. The announcement comes amid speculation [Reuters report] that the trial would be held at a Red Sea resort because of Mubarak's alleged poor health. Many [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Justice Brian Leveson [Guardian profile], head of an investigative panel into the recent media phone hacking scandal, said at a press conference Thursday that the panel will investigate the overall "culture, practices and ethics of the press." Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] announced earlier this month [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday granted leave of appeal in Ministry of Defence v. AB [docket] to British former servicemen seeking compensation for illnesses resulting from participating in nuclear weapons testing. The veterans are seeking to overturn [BBC report] a 2009 High Court ruling [judgment, PDF] [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed [press release] a petition for writ of certiorari [text, PDF] in the US Supreme Court [official website] asking for review of an appeals court ruling declaring the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging whether political speech from grassroots organizations can be regulated under campaign finance laws [JURIST news archive]. Judge Robert Hinkle, who heard the arguments, partially denied [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Kingdom's High Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment text, PDF] on Thursday for the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) [corporate website], requiring internet provider British Telecom (BT) [corporate website] to block access to a file-sharing website, Newzbin2 [official website]. Newzbin2 is an aggregator of content, but does [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. USA [Justia backgrounder] on cross-appeals from a tobacco advertising decision [JURIST report] in January 2010. The January ruling upheld [opinion, PDF] the majority of restrictions on [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday rejected by a vote of 293 to 250 legislation [C. 2802 materials, in Italian] that would have provided greater penalties for hate crimes committed against homosexuals and transsexuals. The legislation was rejected on the grounds [assembly discussion, in [read more]

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