Legal news from Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[JURIST] The anti-trust division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a complaint [text, PDF] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] accusing Apple [corporate website] and other major publishers of colluding to illegally fix electronic book (e-book) … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of minorities in France has filed a lawsuit alleging police searches are conducted on the basis of racial profiling, according to a statement made by their lawyers and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The suit was filed (OSJI press release) in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) [official website, in German] on Wednesday ruled [press release, PDF] that Switzerland is not permitted to give the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] a Credit Suisse client's account information. In a ruling that cannot be appealed, the court concluded that, because … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] assigned himself [memorandum, PDF] on Monday to preside over the tribunals of five alleged plotters of the 9/11 terror attacks [JURIST backgrounder]. Army Col. James Pohl scheduled the hearing for May 5, only a few days after the one-year … [read more]

[JURIST] A complaint allegedly filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] could reopen a human rights lawsuit against Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Reuters reported [text] Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges wrongdoing by Humala during his service as an army officer in Peru's San Martin province during the … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell [official website] on Tuesday proposed amendments [text, PDF] to Virginia's voter ID legislation as passed by the General Assembly during the 2012 session. McDonnell's amendments include [press release] extending the time a voter would have to present an ID to the local electoral board to … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to corruption charges before a special anti-graft court in the Philippines. The corruption charges stem from a government contract that Arroyo signed with a Chinese telecommunications company called … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] the government's broad reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) [text]. This decision directly contradicts the rulings of three other appeals courts that did allow for a broader reading of the … [read more]

[JURIST] National gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] on behalf of eight same-sex couples against the state of Nevada claiming that the state's ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] violates their rights under the Fourteenth Amendment [text] of the US Constitution. Many … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [HB 2036 materials] on Tuesday that bans abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, with an exception carved out only for medical emergencies. In addition to banning abortions after 20 weeks, the bill imposes other restrictions. … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments on Tuesday over the constitutionality of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] regulations [text] requiring cigarette packaging and advertisements to display more prominent graphic health warning … [read more]

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