Legal news from Friday, November 2, 2012

[JURIST] Five hospitals filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of Health and Human Services [official website] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Thursday over what they contend is a scheme to deny them reimbursement from Medicare [official website] for necessary medical … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN official said on Friday that a video [YouTube video; WARNING: graphic content] posted on the Internet of Syrian rebels executing government soldiers who had surrendered may be evidence of war crimes. Syrian rebels killed 28 government soldiers in attack around the town of Saraqeb on Thursday. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Friday found former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] fit to stand trial [decision, PDF; press release]. In August Pre-Trial Chamber I postponed Gbagbo's confirmation of charges … [read more]

[JURIST] A controversial Russian Internet regulation law which gives the Russian government the ability to completely block access to certain websites went into effect on Thursday. The bill's stated purpose is to block access [Moscow Times report] to child pornography and the encouragement of drug use or suicide. Reporters Without … [read more]

[JURIST] Wells Fargo [corporate website] claimed Thursday that a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed by the US government to recover money from defective mortgages is barred by a settlement reached earlier this year. The government filed the lawsuit last month, alleging that Wells Fargo deliberately concealed the nature of mortgages … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday reduced the sentence of the former business partner of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] by three years. Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] has been incarcerated since 2003 on various charges associated with his business partnership with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Thursday. In Chaidez v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments to determine if Padilla v. Kentucky [JURIST report] applies retroactively to persons whose convictions became final before its announcement. Padilla … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) [official website] criticized Turkey on Thursday for prosecuting activists under the country's vague counterterrorism law. The UNHRC alleged that Turkey has gone against international law standards by denying due process rights under its 1991 Anti-Terrorism Law [Reuters report]. UN rights experts allege that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Thursday criticizing US immigration courts as inefficient. Inspector General Michael Horowitz urged the immigration courts to use all resources available [Reuters report] to maximize efficiency. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted an … [read more]

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