Legal news from Monday, March 5, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court announced Monday that they will rehear arguments [order, PDF] in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum [docket], a case dealing with corporate liability for human rights violations occurring overseas. The court originally took the case in October and heard arguments [JURIST report] last week to determine … [read more]

[JURIST] Former prime minister of Iceland Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] went on trial Monday on charges of negligence relating to the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. The charges stem from the collapse of the country's three major banks in 2008 while Haarde was leader of the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] Iran's Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death sentence of alleged US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] spy Amir Mirzaei Hekmati and ordered a retrial. The Supreme Court objected to the ruling and annulled it [ISNA report], sending it back to another branch for retrial. No other details … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of shareholders in the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] on Monday filed a USD $67 billion lawsuit against TEPCO officials for failing to prevent the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant [IAEA backgrounder]. The group of 42 shareholders have accused [Kyodo News … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered Russia's prosecutor general to conduct a study into 32 criminal cases, including the case of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Khodorkovsky, who was once in charge of Russia's largest oil company, Yukos [Yahoo … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Martel v. Clair [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that, when ruling on a defendant's motion to replace counsel in a capital case, "courts should employ the same 'interests of justice' standard that they apply in non-capital cases under a related … [read more]

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty by a Tehran Revolutionary Court [official website, in Persian; GlobaLex backgrounder] of spreading anti-government propaganda, his daughter confirmed on Sunday. In addition to his prison sentence, Soltani is … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel's Ramat Gan Family Court ruled Sunday that a lesbian couple can both be recognized as mothers of a child they had together. The women received permission from the Health Ministry [official website] in 2006 to conceive the child by fertilizing one woman's egg with the sperm of an … [read more]

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