Legal news from Thursday, November 8, 2012

[JURIST] Malawi's government on Thursday changed its position on a decision to suspend it laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality after being pressured by a number of churches within the strongly Christian country. Despite announcing a moratorium [JURIST report] that would suspend the laws to allow the country to consider … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] on Wednesday ordered Apple [corporate website] to pay $368.2 million to a technology licensing company for infringing four patents related to private-network technology. In particular, the jury found that Apple's FaceTime [product backgrounder] function, … [read more]

[JURIST] Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution which creates the strongest protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation. With all 4,267 precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State show that 73.46 percent (1,283,850 votes) [unofficial results] of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] several provisions of a human trafficking law approved by voters Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that the Viagra [data report, PDF] patent held by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. [corporate website] is no longer valid, opening the door for generic competition. The court ruled 7-0 against Pfizer on an appeal from Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries … [read more]

[JURIST] Libya should not grant amnesty [statement] for war crimes committed on either side of the country's uprising against former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday. In her statement to the UN Security Council … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a German injunction preventing the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) [advocacy website] from using Holocaust [USHMM backgrounder] images in an animal rights poster campaign. The campaign featured pictures … [read more]

[JURIST] Army Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], who is accused of leaking confidential documents to WikiLeaks [website; JURIST news archive], offered a guilty plea on Wednesday to several of the charges that the government has leveled against him. Manning was charged for allegedly leaking more than 700,000 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website], sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled [opinion, PDF] that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. The issue in the first case, Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], was whether a federal court has Article III [text] jurisdiction over a party's challenge to the validity … [read more]

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